Some Historical Pictures

In THEODOSIA AND THE EYES OF HORUS, Theo once again visits the British Museum. I thought you guys might be interested in seeing some historical pictures of the British Museum circa 1906. Not only is it a place Theo visits, it was also my model for her parents’ Museum of Legendds and Antiquities.

This is the Reading Room. For a long time, this was the only place scholars could find the preeminent works on archaeology or ancient Egypt.

Brit Mus RR

These next two pictures are pictures of the actual display rooms. I think it’s interesting to see how much they made use of natural light back then, when electric light had only just begun to come into widespread use.

Brit Mus Armor RoomBrit Mus Dsplay

And lastly, this is a picture of how I envision the family’s sitting room there in the museum.

Brit Mus Sitting Room

13 Responses to “Some Historical Pictures”

  1. Kara Says:

    cool, I’m sad, my Barnes and noble didn’t have it. we had to order it… it will be here in 3 days. : ( soooooo long!!!!!!!

  2. Ashoka Says:

    Wow! Those are so cool! I do agree with you about the natural light thing, when I first looked I didn’t realize that there weren’t any electric lights.

  3. kate Says:

    W.o.w that whould have been cool to see in its hey day. Fancy that! a Museum with all natural lights. huh!

  4. dahozho Says:

    As someone familiar with curation standards/archival standards, those pictures of the old display halls make me shudder. As lovely as they are architectually, the light and space are very rough on the artifacts. Back in the day, it was state of the art. These days, Oh Noes!!! I’d love to see the British Museum’s reading room/research facilities these days! The closest thing we have here in the States is probably the Library of Congress’ main reading room– can’t beat it for atmosphere and historic interest. On the modern side, National Archives-College Park’s main research room is full of natural light when the sun is out. There are some tables that always get just too much sun during the day.

    I love how Theo always wears her gloves, like a good curator should, and that her research involves reading in multiple languages. And that research is usually fraught with false starts, deadends, and needs a tenacious person to accomplish. (Historic research is my professional life.) The lists of her ‘receipes’ in the first book were fun, I’d love to see more of them worked into the stories.

    The series is well-written, and one I think my youngest niece will be recieving for her birthday!! (Including this in Amazon Vine was a great idea, otherwise I’d never have found it!)

  5. R.L. Says:

    Kara, I’m so sorry you had to wait! Hopefully you have received it by now.

    Ashoka, it is surprising how much light they were able to have in those rooms, even without electricity!

    Kate, I imagine the British Museum’s reading room is still pretty impressive. Even today. :-)

    Dahozho, SO INTERESTING to hear from someone who spends their life doing historical research! And I hadn’t even thought of the curator aspect of Theo’s gloves, but you’re right–much better for all those delicate, old books.

    And now I have to put the Library of Congress’s reading room on my Must Visit list!

    So glad you are enjoying the series, and hope your niece does, too! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Anarakna Says:

    Interesting! How did you obtain the pictures? My book is coming :) but it`s somewhere being shipped to the library-hmmmmmm…
    Thank you for posting excerpts of the book monthly! It really helped me to cope. I`ll be happy to hear from Theo again, and I really hope to read your new book soon! -A.

  7. Anarakna Says:

    OMG!!!! Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus is here!!!

  8. R.L. Says:

    Yeay! Happy reading!

  9. Anarakna Says:

    Wow! This book is so good :) :):)!

  10. R.L. Says:

    And I’m so, so glad you’re enjoying it!

  11. Claire Says:

    Oh, wow…I really love the old pictures and I wish I could travel back in time to go see that! For some odd reason, I really enjoy seeing things from the Victorian & Edwardian era. These marvelous pictures have created another daydream for me!

  12. R.L. Says:

    Clearly then Claire, it makes sense that you and I like the same books! Those eras are fascinating for me as well.

  13. sasha Says:

    the sitting room is different then i imagined