1994 - 2000
The Great Court is entered from the Museums principal level, and connects all the surrounding galleries. Within the space - the largest enclosed public space in Europe - there are information points, a bookshop and a cafe. At its heart is the magnificent space of the restored Reading Room, now an information centre and library of world cultures, which for the first time in its history is open to all. Broad staircases encircle the Reading Room and lead to a gallery for temporary exhibitions with a restaurant above. Below the level of the Court are the new Sainsbury African Galleries, an education centre, and facilities for schoolchildren.