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Websites on London and History
The resources listed below provide interesting perspectives on some of the issues covered in HUM 5112.
Welcome to London: A Free Travel Guide
Before you visit London, you'll need to know the basics. Here are some useful facts and tips to help you plan your trip.
London: Official Guide 2015
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History of London by Period
Everything from pre-Roman London through the 20th century.
London Museums and Art Galleries
The British Museum
The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world. From the beginning it granted free admission to all 'studious and curious persons'. Visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to nearly 6 million today.
National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery was formally established on 2 December 1856.
The Gallery was established with the criteria that the Gallery was to be about history, not about art, and about the status of the sitter, rather than the quality or character of a particular image considered as a work of art. This criterion is still used by the Gallery today when deciding which works enter the National Portrait Gallery's collection. Originally, it was decided by the Trustees that "No portrait of any person still living, or deceased less that 10 years, shall be admitted by purchase, donation, or bequest, except only in the case of the reigning Sovereign, and of his or her Consort". This rule changed in 1969 in order to encourage a policy of admitting living sitters.
The Tate Modern Museum
Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. When Tate first opened its doors to the public in 1897 it had just one site, displaying a small collection of British artworks. Today Tate has four major sites and the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art, which includes nearly 70,000 artworks.
The Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A), London, is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
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