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Opening of Museums on Sundays



YOUR last number contains a letter from my friend Prof. Corfield, which I confess to having read with some little astonishment. He expatiates, and with justice, on the merits of the town of Maidstone, whose citizens do not scorn the grace which “palæontological, conchological, and other collections” must add to life spent in a country “well worth visiting”, and who appropriately find their last resting place in a cemetery “which is one of the most beautiful in the country”. I would not demur a moment to such a fascinating picture, were it not that Prof. Corfield, led away by a pardonable enthusiasm, expresses his belief “that this is the first and only scientific museum that has yet been opened on Sunday in the United Kingdom”. Surely the Chairman of the Committee of the Sunday Society need not go to Maidstone for the first victory in the very just cause which he upholds, seeing that for the last quarter of a century the three buildings which contain the Botanical Museum of the Royal Gardens, Kew, have been open to the public from two till dusk every Sunday throughout the year.

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