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The Smithsonian – Looking Back

November 22, 2009

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The Smithsonian – Looking Back

You can’t have a blog about museums and not mention the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. It was founded in the 19th century following a bequest to the US from the British scientist James Smithson. Astonishingly, Smithson had never visited the US. A bit like myself, who had neither crossed the Atlantic nor heard of the Smithsonian when I applied for an internship there in summer 2001! The School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University, where I was studying at the time, offered […]

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