British Museum Archaeological Research Collection

Reading, UK. 2024

Set in a landscape of wildflower meadows, JMP’s design for the new archaeological research facility for the British Museum (BM_ARC) is located adjacent to the University of Reading’s Thames Valley Science Park in Shinfield, Berkshire. The 15,500m² state-of-the-art facility provides space to study, share and conserve objects and works of art from the internationally renowned British Museum’s research collection, specifically sculptures, mosaics and historic casts. The new development is an active and integral part of the British Museum, with a strong focus on global research. Study rooms provide university students, academics, school groups and members of the public with enhanced access to the collection. A dedicated hub facilitates loans from the Museum’s research collection directly to local, national and international venues.