Due to the current extraordinary circumstances, the new British Museum online collection online has been revamped, as its visitor numbers soar – including resources for teachers and learners.
The revamped collection online gives access to the museum’s online collection with many new filters and features, letting visitors the world over get closer to the British Museum’s collection and immerse themselves in two million years of history, across six continents.
The collection is now easier to find what you want, and allows access to almost four and a half million objects in more than two million records. The section of the website dedicated to resources for schools and families is also seeing a spike in traffic, which has doubled. The Museum offers a wide range of downloadable resources for school pupils on subjects from across the curriculum and all key stages. Popular topics include Ancient Britain, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.
The number of visitors to the British Museum website has doubled since 1 March 2020, when the coronavirus crises began to accelerate as museums across the globe were forced to close. For the period 1 March to 18 March 2020 978,548 users visited britishmuseum.org, up from 472,890 in the same period last year. The majority of this increase has occurred in the past 7 days.