British Museum

The British Museum, London. The British Museum, London.

The British Museum is an internationally renowned museum located in central London. It was founded in 1753 and opened to the general public in 1759. The museum houses a vast collection of about eight million items that range in date from prehistory to the present. It includes items from all the continents of the world.

Between 1970 and 2004 the Department of Ethnography was housed in another location due to the lack of space in the main building. From 1970 until 1997 it was known as the Museum of Mankind. In 1997 this museum was closed to the public and in 2004 the department was moved back to the main building of the British Museum. Some of the decorative needlework items in the British Museum are divided among various departments; the Stein embroideries are in the Central Asian department; the Pre-Hispanic embroideries are in the South American department, and so forth. Over 3000 embroideries and embroidery related items (such as needles, sequins, spangles, thread, etc) can currently be viewed via the Museum’s on-line collection resource and more items will be added in due course.

Museum website (retrieved 25th May 2016).

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 25th May 2016).


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