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The Museum

Behind the Scenes at the British Museum

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Museum by Rupert Smith

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780563539131
ISBN-10: 0563539135
Format: Hardback
(253mm x 196mm x 19mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: BBC Books
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 29-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Rupert Smith

Rupert Smith writes regularly on television and the arts for the Guardian, Radio Times and many other publications. He is the author of several books, including A Year at Kew and the novels I Must Confess, Fly on the Wall and Service Wash.

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