British Museum goes big online for lockdown

The British Museum has brought forward a planned expansion of its collection database so virtual visitors can enjoy at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

More than 4m objects can now be seen, with almost 2m images, 280,000 published for the first time, and 85,000 new object records. Collection Online can be found here

More detail can be seen through a “deep zoom” function, and there is no longer a need to register to download images. In the biggest update to the site since it was created in 2007.

“Whether you are a student, an artist, a scholar or are a lover of history and culture, this is an unparalleled resource to explore the richness, diversity and complexity of human history contained in the British Museum’s collection” said Hartwig Fischer, director of the museum. “It is also a platform where we can share the latest knowledge and research. We are delighted to be able to unveil this major revamp early, and hope that these important objects can provide inspiration, reflection or even just quiet moments of distraction during this difficult time.” 

 

 

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