The Museum : Behind the Scenes at the British Museum Hardback
by Rupert Smith
Egyptian mummies, Michaelangelo's drawings, sculptures from Greece and Rome, exquisite porcelain from China, bronze masterpieces from Africa, the remarkable finds from Sutton Hoo - these are just some of the awe-inspiring objects in the British Museum's famous collections.
But the Museum is more than just a treasure house: it is a London landmark, a tourist magnet, a national and international resource- a museum of the world for the world.
Keeping this remarkable institution running is a team of 1000 staff who supervise the galleries, plan major exhibitions and manage a flow of nearly 5 million visitors a year.
Rupert Smith has been granted special access to the huge variety of people who work in the Museum, including expert curators, conservators, heavy-object handlers and the people who clean the fabulous new glass roof of the Great Court.
Accompanying a major ten-part BBC television series, The Museum takes us behind the scenes for the first time to see how this amazing place works. Illustrated with over 120 colour photographs, and with a foreword by the Museum's director, Neil MacGregor, this fascinating book is a celebration of the British Museum and the many dedicated people who work there.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 192 pages, col. Illustrations
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 29/03/2007
- Category: Museum, historic sites, gallery & art guides
- ISBN: 9780563539131
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Review by librarymeg
This is a fascinating overview of all that goes on at one of the most prestigious museums in the world. Not only will readers learn about how new items are selected for acquisition and exhibition in the museum, but also about the everyday activities that take place. Activities like cleaning the floors and windows can be major productions in a building that houses some of the world's most precious treasures. The book is also filled with short statements by museum employees and volunteers, along with descriptions of their favorite museum pieces. Anyone interested in the British Museum, or in museums in general, will find this a compelling read, and the numerous color photographs make it a beautiful display item as well!