Total number of objects in the British Museum's collection

Frankie Roberto made this Freedom of Information request to The British Museum

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Frankie Roberto

Dear Sir or Madam,

I would like to request the total number of objects that you hold in your permanent collections.

If an exact figure is not available, please provide instead your estimated total, along with an explanation as to how this figure was calculated.

Yours faithfully,

Frankie Roberto

P.S Please note that this same request has been made to all the UK museums covered under the Freedom of Information Act, and that your response will be automatically made public at This request is partly a test of the WhatDoTheyKnow project. If you have any questions about the project, you can contact the project team at

Frankie Roberto

Dear Sir or Madam,

I sent an FOI request to you on 4 May 2008, which is now overdue.

Please could you confirm receipt of the request (which is also availalable online at and your response.

Yours sincerely,

Frankie Roberto

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Sent request to The British Museum again, using a new contact address.

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This request was re-asked in 2010 - the reply can be found here: