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2 November 2013
“It is a remarkable institution, especially that exceptional reference section. Ask them any question, and in the very shortest space of time they’ll tell you where to look to find the material that interests you…Let me tell you, there is no better library than the British Museum. Here there are fewer gaps in the collections than in any other library.”
This is none other than Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov (1870-1924) – sometimes known as Lenin – commenting in 1907. Another fairly well-known Communist, Karl Marx (1818-1883), had worked earlier in the Museum’s famous circular Reading Room.
The British Museum, whose exhibits include Magna Carta, the Elgin Marbles and the Rosetta Stone, was founded in London in 1753. In 1998 the library was hived off from the museum in Great Russell Street and moved to newly built premises in the Euston Road.
You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts. For instance:
1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)
2. Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)
3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)
4. Capitalism in practice (4 July 2012)
5.Ladder (21 June 2012)
6. A tale of two cities (1) (6 June 2012)
7. A tale of two cities (2) (7 June 2012)
8. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)
Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.