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British Library

Categories: Museums / Libraries

Building

16 years between the laying of the foundation stone in 1982 and the opening in 1998.  The Independent explains the delay: "The reason it has taken so long to build ... has relatively little to do with the competence, or otherwise, of architect and contractors. The project has been toyed with by successive governments. The building was designed for a different site in Bloomsbury. Time was wasted when it had to be redesigned to fit the eventual site alongside St Pancras Station. Successive governments have trimmed the budget. Each time they have done so, Colin St John Wilson and his team have had to redesign parts of the building."

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
British Library

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British Library- Foundation Stone

The British Library H.R.H. The Prince of Wales unveiled this stone 7 Decembe...

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Opening of the British Library

This inscription is opposite the entrance, below the Shakespeare statue.

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Humphrey Wanley

Humphrey Wanley

Librarian to the Earl of Oxford, and antiquary.

Person, Museums / Libraries

1 memorial
Robert Gordon McHarg III

Robert Gordon McHarg III

Opened the Subway Gallery in 2006.

Person, Art, Museums / Libraries, Canada

1 memorial
Sir Ashton Lever

Sir Ashton Lever

Natural history collector. Born at the family seat near Manchester where he also died. His museum was at Leicester House on the northern side of Leicester Square and called the Holophusikon, or Hol...

Person, Museums / Libraries, Science

1 memorial
Pumphouse Educational Trust and Museum

Pumphouse Educational Trust and Museum

The museum is located on land that until 1970 was part of the Surrey Docks. After these closed, the area was refurbished and the old pumphouse became a museum. It also houses the Rotherhithe Herita...

Group, Education, Museums / Libraries

1 memorial