The History of Museums
Museums have a long and illustrious history. In the ancient world, exhibitions were held at Alexandra of ‘astronomical and surgical instruments’ and Greek temples too displayed ‘aesthetic, historic, religious and magical’ objects. Despite a relative silence in terms of things that could be called early museums/ exhibitions during the Medieval period, it was during the renaissance and 17th century that museums and collections began to take their first steps towards what we know today. During these formative years, important institutions within the United Kingdom such as The Royal Armouries in the Tower of London (1592/1660), The Ashmolean (1677) and The British Museum (1753) were all established for the first time, allowing members of the public in to see the objects and art work. However, as we shall see, it was in the 19th century that the founding and establishing of museums experienced a boom. The key question of this section is why were these museums set up?
 Museums.EU, The World’s Oldest Museums, <http://museums.eu/highlight/details/105317/the-worlds-oldest-museums> [accessed 9/8/2017]