Number 1, Spring 1990
Founded in 1753, the British Museum is the oldest and greatest publicly funded museum in the world, exhibiting two million years of human history and culture. Its collections focus on human history and culture and include over seven million objects. Enlightenment ideals and values – critical scrutiny of all assumptions, open debate, scientific research, progress and tolerance – have marked the Museum since its foundation.
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In this issue, Francesca Bologna re-evaluates the role of the emperor Nero as a ruthless megalomaniac, and Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman explore the life and death of Thomas Becket.