British Museum Sanskrit Library

Dannatt, Johnson Architects have been working at the British Museum since 2002 and have led a number of projects dealing with the external fabric and individual internal rooms. The ‘Long Room’ was built by Sydney Smirke (1798-1877) according to the original 1845 design of his elder brother Sir Robert Smirke and completed in 1850. It was fitted out with elegant, simple iron galleries and two tiers of book presses similar in design to those in the King’s Library. For many years this part was used for the Oriental Library and it is still known as the ‘Old Sanskrit Library’.

Works included conservation of the timber shelving, doors and the cast iron walkways and staircases. The original decorative schemes were reinstated and all services sensitively upgraded. Externally, works were carried out to the roof-lights which run the length of the double-height space to improve their insulation performance and control solar gain into the space to assist with conservation requirements of the library rare books collection.

Dannatt, Johnson Architects have been working at the British Museum since 2002 and have led a number of projects dealing with the external fabric and individual internal rooms. The ‘Long Room’ was built by Sydney Smirke (1798-1877) according to the original 1845 design of his elder brother Sir Robert Smirke and completed in 1850. It was fitted out with elegant, simple iron galleries and two tiers of book presses similar in design to those in the King’s Library. For many years this part was used for the Oriental Library and it is still known as the ‘Old Sanskrit Library’.

Works included conservation of the timber shelving, doors and the cast iron walkways and staircases. The original decorative schemes were reinstated and all services sensitively upgraded. Externally, works were carried out to the roof-lights which run the length of the double-height space to improve their insulation performance and control solar gain into the space to assist with conservation requirements of the library rare books collection.

Dannatt, Johnson Architects have been working at the British Museum since 2002 and have led a number of projects dealing with the external fabric and individual internal rooms. The ‘Long Room’ was built by Sydney Smirke (1798-1877) according to the original 1845 design of his elder brother Sir Robert Smirke and completed in 1850. It was fitted out with elegant, simple iron galleries and two tiers of book presses similar in design to those in the King’s Library. For many years this part was used for the Oriental Library and it is still known as the ‘Old Sanskrit Library’.

Works included conservation of the timber shelving, doors and the cast iron walkways and staircases. The original decorative schemes were reinstated and all services sensitively upgraded. Externally, works were carried out to the roof-lights which run the length of the double-height space to improve their insulation performance and control solar gain into the space to assist with conservation requirements of the library rare books collection.