Department of Metals and Coins keeps stowed away for the time being.Another surprising find in the archive is a shell that had exploded in one of the galleries during World War II, along with photos of the significant damage wreaked by the shell. The archivist joked that no one knew quite what to do with the shell when they found it, because it hadn't exactly been donated to the museum to be used in an exhibit. Also from the same incident is a mass of hundreds of coins melted together from heat that the
Other amazing items shown on the tour was the original deed for the land, from even before the Museum began in 1753, and the folio books used in designing exhbitions, which even included fabric samples and paint chips. It was also fascinating to get a glimpse of the Reading Room records of who applied for a readers card, who referenced them, and when they signed for their card (if and/or when they were approved). Karl Marx and T.S. Eliot are among those who held cards for the Readers Room, in both cases before they were well-known.
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