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British Museum
6,820,686 (2015) * Ranked 1st nationally * Ranked 5th globally CHAIRMAN Sir Richard Lambert DIRECTOR Hartwig Fischer PUBLIC TRANSIT ACCESS Goodge Street ; Holborn ; Tottenham Court Road ; Russell Square ; WEBSITE britishmuseum.org AREA 807,000 sq ft (75,000 m2) in 94 Galleries The centre of the museum was redeveloped in 2001 to become the Great Court , surrounding the original Reading Room . The BRITISH MUSEUM, located in the Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
area of London
London
, United Kingdom , is a public institution dedicated to human history , art and culture . Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present
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Elizabethan Era
The ELIZABETHAN ERA is the epoch in English history marked by the reign of Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I
(1558–1603). Historians often depict it as the golden age in English history. The symbol of Britannia
Britannia
was first used in 1572, and often thereafter, to mark the Elizabethan age as a renaissance that inspired national pride through classical ideals, international expansion, and naval triumph over the Spanish — at the time, a rival kingdom much hated by the people of the land. In terms of the entire century, the historian John Guy (1988) argues that " England
England
was economically healthier, more expansive, and more optimistic under the Tudors " than at any time in a thousand years. This "golden age" represented the apogee of the English Renaissance and saw the flowering of poetry, music and literature
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Manuscript
A MANUSCRIPT (abbreviated MS for singular and MSS for plural) is any document written by hand or typewritten , as opposed to being mechanically printed or reproduced in some indirect or automated way. More recently, it is understood to be an author's written, typed, or word-processed copy of a work, as distinguished from the print of the same. Before the arrival of printing , all documents and books were manuscripts. Manuscripts are not defined by their contents, which may combine writing with mathematical calculations, maps, explanatory figures or illustrations. Manuscripts may be in book form, scrolls or in codex format. Illuminated manuscripts are enriched with pictures, border decorations, elaborately embossed initial letters or full-page illustrations
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History Of The Americas
The prehistory of the Americas
Americas
(North , South , and Central America
Central America
, and the Caribbean
Caribbean
) begins with people migrating to these areas from Asia during the height of an Ice Age
Ice Age
. These groups are generally believed to have been isolated from peoples of the " Old World
Old World
" until the coming of Europeans in the 10th century from Norway and with the voyages of Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
in 1492. The ancestors of today's American Indigenous peoples were the Paleo-Indians
Paleo-Indians
; they were hunter-gatherers who migrated into North America
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Act Of Parliament
ACTS OF PARLIAMENT, also called primary legislation , are statutes passed by a parliament (legislature ). Act of the Oireachtas
Oireachtas
is an equivalent term used in the Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
where the legislature is commonly known by its Irish name, Oireachtas
Oireachtas
. It is also comparable to an Act of Congress in the United States
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Non-departmental Public Body
In the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, NON-DEPARTMENTAL PUBLIC BODY (NDPB) is a classification applied by the Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office
, Treasury , the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive to quangos (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations). NDPBs are not an integral part of any government department and carry out their work at arm's length from ministers, although ministers are ultimately responsible to Parliament for the activities of bodies sponsored by their department. The term includes the four types of NDPB (executive, advisory, tribunal and independent monitoring boards) but excludes public corporations and public broadcasters ( BBC
BBC
, Channel 4
Channel 4
and S4C
S4C
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British Monarchy
The MONARCHY OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, commonly referred to as the BRITISH MONARCHY, is the constitutional monarchy of the United Kingdom , its dependencies and its overseas territories . The current monarch and head of state, Queen Elizabeth II , ascended the throne on the death of her father, King George VI , on 6 February 1952. The monarch and his or her immediate family undertake various official, ceremonial, diplomatic and representational duties. As the monarchy is constitutional, the monarch is limited to non-partisan functions such as bestowing honours and appointing the Prime Minister . The monarch is, by tradition, commander-in-chief of the British Armed Forces
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Goodge Street Tube Station
GOODGE STREET /ˈɡuːdʒ/ is a London Underground
London Underground
station on Tottenham Court Road
Tottenham Court Road
in the London Borough of Camden . It is on the Northern line between Tottenham Court Road
Tottenham Court Road
and Warren Street stations, and is in Travelcard Zone 1 . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Location * 3 Design * 4 Deep-level air-raid shelter * 5 Services and connections * 6 In popular culture * 7 Gallery * 8 References * 9 External links HISTORY THIS SECTION NEEDS EXPANSION
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East Asia
NORTHEAST ASIA or EAST ASIA is the eastern subregion of the Asian continent, which can be defined in either geographical or pan-ethno-cultural terms. Geographically and geopolitically, it includes Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea
North Korea
and South Korea. The region was the cradle of various ancient civilizations such as Ancient China
China
, ancient Japan
Japan
, ancient Korea
Korea
, and the Mongol Empire . East Asia
East Asia
was one of the cradles of world civilization, with China, an ancient East Asian civilization being one of the earliest cradles of civilization in human history
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Ancient Near East
Fertile Crescent Mesopotamia * Akkadian Empire * Assyria * Babylonia * Neo-Assyrian Empire *
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Earl Of Oxford
EARL OF OXFORD is a dormant title in the Peerage of England , first created for Edgar the Atheling and held by him from 1066 to 1068, and later offered to Aubrey III de Vere by the empress Matilda in 1141, one of four counties he could choose if Cambridgeshire was held by the king of Scotland. On Aubrey's acceptance, his family was to hold the title for more than five and a half centuries by the De Vere family until the death of the 20th Earl in 1703. The de Veres were also hereditary holders of the office of Master Chamberlain of England from 1133 until the death of the 18th Earl in 1625. Their primary seat was Castle Hedingham
Castle Hedingham
in Essex, but they held lands in southern England and the Midlands, particularly in eastern England. The actual earldom was called 'Oxenford' until at least the end of the 17th century
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Kingdom Of Kush
The KINGDOM OF KUSH or KUSH (/kʊʃ, kʌʃ/ ) was an ancient kingdom in Nubia
Nubia
, located at the confluences of the Blue Nile
Blue Nile
, White Nile and River Atbara in what is now Sudan
Sudan
and South Sudan
Sudan
. The Kushite era of rule in Nubia
Nubia
was established after the Bronze Age collapse and the disintegration of the New Kingdom of Egypt . Kush was centered at Napata during its early phase. After King Kashta ("the Kushite") invaded Egypt
Egypt
in the 8th century BC, the Kushite emperors ruled as pharaohs of the Twenty-fifth dynasty of Egypt
Twenty-fifth dynasty of Egypt
for a century, until they were expelled by the Assyrians under the rule of Esarhaddon . During classical antiquity , the Kushite imperial capital was located at Meroe
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Geographic Coordinate System
A GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATE SYSTEM is a coordinate system used in geography that enables every location on Earth to be specified by a set of numbers, letters or symbols. The coordinates are often chosen such that one of the numbers represents a vertical position , and two or three of the numbers represent a horizontal position . A common choice of coordinates is latitude , longitude and elevation . To specify a location on a two-dimensional map requires a map projection
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South Kensington
SOUTH KENSINGTON is an affluent district of West London
London
in the Royal Borough of Kensington
Kensington
and Chelsea and partly the City of Westminster
City of Westminster
. It is a built-up area 2.4 miles (3.9 km) west- south-west of Charing Cross . CONTENTS * 1 Geography * 2 History * 3 Notable residents * 4 Nearby places * 5 References * 6 External links GEOGRAPHYIt is hard to define boundaries for South Kensington, but a common definition is the commercial area around the South Kensington
Kensington
tube station and the adjacent garden squares and streets (such as Thurloe Square, opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum )
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Culture
CULTURE (/ˈkʌltʃər/ ) is the social behavior and norms found in human societies . Culture
Culture
is considered a central concept in anthropology , encompassing the range of phenomena that are transmitted through social learning in human societies . Some aspects of human behavior, social practices such as culture, expressive forms such as art , music , dance , ritual , and religion , and technologies such as tool usage , cooking , shelter , and clothing are said to be cultural universals , found in all human societies. The concept of material culture covers the physical expressions of culture, such as technology, architecture and art, whereas the immaterial aspects of culture such as principles of social organization (including practices of political organization and social institutions ), mythology , philosophy , literature (both written and oral ), and science comprise the intangible cultural heritage of a society
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Beowulf
BEOWULF (/ˈbeɪoʊwʊlf, ˈbiːoʊ-/ ; Old English: ) is an Old English epic poem consisting of 3,182 alliterative lines . It may be the oldest surviving long poem in Old English
Old English
and is commonly cited as one of the most important works of Old English
Old English
literature . A date of composition is a matter of contention among scholars; the only certain dating pertains to the manuscript, which was produced between 975 and 1025. The author was an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet, referred to by scholars as the " Beowulf
Beowulf
poet". The poem is set in Scandinavia
Scandinavia
. Beowulf
Beowulf
, a hero of the Geats , comes to the aid of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes , whose mead hall in Heorot has been under attack by a monster known as Grendel
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