A video tour of the King's Library

Posted by David Eicher
on Monday, September 23, 2013

King's Library // credit: David J. Eicher
On Astronomy’s August tour of London, some 25 readers and I had the great pleasure of seeing many important astronomical sites in England. One of those majestic places was the British Museum, and I shot some videos during parts of the trip.

One of these shows a walk-around tour of the so-called King’s Library, the room that in essence once held what expanded into the British Library, now its own separate enormous collection and buildings. The portion of the British Museum that once held this collection still holds books, but also a wide range of artifacts in cases centered on natural history. The collection resides in the gallery constructed for the King’s Library in 1827, which primarily housed the nucleus of the books belonging to George III.

The current exhibits are fascinating and are centered on the theme “Enlightenment: Discovering the world in the eighteenth century.”

This short film lets you soak up what there is to see without having to travel to London.


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