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Sloane’s collection was purchased by an act of Parliament in 1753, which resulted in the opening of The British Museum in 1759. Delbourgo (2017) gives an insightful account about the fate of Sloane’s collection and the enterprise behind creating the world’s first public museum. Caygill (1994) examines Sloane’s will step by step, concentrating on the ways in which Sloane created his will, the early stages of The British Museum, the museum’s trustees and the role this plays in sculpting Sloane’s legacy.
Caygill, Marjorie (1994) ‘Sloane’s Will and the Establishment of the British Museum’ in Arthur MacGregor, Sir Hans Sloane. Collector, Scientist, Antiquary Founding Father of the British Museum. The British Museum Press, London, pp.45-68.
Delbourgo, James (2017) ‘Creating the Public’s Museum’ in Collecting the World. The Life and Curiosity of Hans Sloane. Penguin Random House, UK, pp.303-342.
Ravin, J.G., (2000) ‘Sir Hans Sloane’s contributions to ocular therapy, scientific journalism, and the creation of the British Museum’. Archives of ophthalmology 118:11, pp.1567-73.