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Court circular Foster and Partners' Great Court project is taking shape. It gives a new heart to the British Museum by reclaiming the quadrangle surrounding the round reading room at the centre of the

Great institutions and their buildings enjoy a complex relationship. The British Museum was founded by Act of Parliament in 1753 and opened to the public in 1759. Its first home was an existing late seventeenth century house, Montague House, which stood on the site in Great Russell Street which the Museum has occupied ever since. Following the death of George III his library was bequeathed to the nation and into the care of the Museum and, in 1823, Robert Smirke was commissioned to ...

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