We've made a chart to show acquisitions over time, which you'll see sprinkled across the site. Each square represents a decade, and the darkness of the square tells you about how many things were acquired in that decade. A black square means lots of things were acquired in that decade.
The chart below is showing all acquisitions by decade since the institution opened. Each square links to a view of that decade.
Most of the things acquired from the museum's founding donor, Hans Sloane, were gathered in 1753, the year the museum opened..
Underneath the chart, we're showing a top three list of who the acquisitions have come from. This can be an individual person or an institution.