Lying at the heart of the Museum, the Great Court forges a link between the Museum's important architectural history and a 21st century concept of building design on the grand scale.
At the 250th anniversary, the British Museum undertook a huge redevelopment programme, largely facilitated by the removal of the British Library from its midst.
Lord Foster's Great Court is at the centre of the positioning of the Museum for the new millennium, creating at the same time a new civic space. A vast glass canopy curves over a specially-created piazza, with the dome of the famous round Reading Room at its centre.
The Great Court explores the creation of this unique 'urban room', the impetus and background of the project, the architectural competition, the complex design and construction process, and the very role of the Museum itself.