The British Museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of artefacts and treasures. With such beauties as the Elgin Marbles (Which the Greeks want back, by the way) and the Rosetta Stone (Which Dr Hawass wants to see given back to Egypt) and is currently housing the newly discovered Staffordshire Hoard. Amanda Slater’s lovely shot inside the Great Court inside the British Museum shows nicely the way the light coming in from the modern glass roof shines down inside the historic interior.
The roof of the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, designed by prominent British architect Sir Norman Foster, reinvigorated new life into the neoclassical design of the British Museum and certainly gives photographers much more interesting context to their images!
In the centre of the Great Court is the Round Reading Room, which was home to a vast collection of historic books, catalogues and printed materials, and attracted the likes of Karl Marx, Lenin, Virginia Woolf and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to it. Indeed, Virginia Woolf wrote in A Room of One’s Own, “If the truth is not to be found on the shelves of the British Museum, where, I asked myself, …is truth?”