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May 7, 2020

British Museum Website Updated to Include 1.9 Million Images From Its Collection

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The revamp is the biggest update since the site was created in 2007, and for the first time works on mobile and tablets as well as with desktop browsers.

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The new version was unveiled earlier than planned due to the museum's closure due to Covid-19.

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A major new addition is the ability to zoom in and see images larger than life size.


Users are free to view, adapt, and download images. 


If you look at 1,900 of those images every day, you'll have seen them all in a little under three years.


That's a lot of days.

Oh, yeah, one more thing: free, the way we like it.

May 7, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


Many of those images are of two-dimensional works that are long out of copyright (or which predate copyright), yet the British Museum claim copyright in them - in effect, they are trying to appropriate rights that belong to us all.

Posted by: Andy Mabbett | May 7, 2020 10:35:21 AM

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