The British Museum puts 1.9 million works of art online free
With millions of people forced to stay home amid strict social distancing rules, The British Museum has added 1.9 million works of art which are now available online.
Refreshing their online platform, the museum has made millions of works available for free to the public. The works are now downloadable and made free to share and adapt for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.
“Get closer to the British Museum’s collection and immerse yourself in two million years of history, across six continents,” the museum said in a statement. “Collection online has been completely redeveloped, making it much easier to find what you want. It allows access to almost four and a half million objects in more than two million records.”
Discussing the project, museum director Hartwig Fischer said: “The British Museum Collection Online makes millions of objects accessible to the citizens of the world, wherever they might be. 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.
“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.”