British Museum collection gets searchable

A recent piece in The Guardian describes the vast archives made Web-searchable by London’s British Museum in the last month.

When I visited the search page today, 262,565 objects from the collection were online, and 98,745 had images with their listings. The total collection of “flat art” is composed of 1.7 million pieces. (You can see detailed descriptions of what has been catalogued so far here.) Descriptions, facts and key words are fully searchable, and new images are being added at a rate of about 2,000 a week. This is an incredible resource for students and scholars: James Fenton points out in The Guardian that many pieces in the collection have never been published anywhere else in any form.

Try out a search by clicking here, and let me know what you find!

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