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Museum Bomb Coincidence
This is where an amazingly lucky war time coincidence occured.
During one raid in World War II a bomb fell through the gallery roof, made a hole in the floor and failed to explode in the rooms beneath.
Some time afterwards, during another raid, a second bomb fell through the same hole and also failed to explode!
The reading room was kept open throughout the war, a great achievement.
The Edward VII galleries in the centre of the North Front were built from 1906-14 to the design of Sir John James Burnet and now houses the Asian and Islamic collections.