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THE Select Committee of the House of Commons appointed to inquire into the administration of the museums of the Science and Art Department has presented an interim report calling attention to the peril of destruction by fire to which the collections at the South Kensington Museum are exposed. After describing the general character of the buildings and their inflammable structure, the Committee conclude their report with the following observation:—“This necessity of providing buildings suitable for the exhibition of the objects of art and science collected at South kensington has been long under the consideration of successive Governments. Your Committee regard it as their immediate duty to lay before the House of Commons by means of an interim report their very strong opinion that permanent buildings for the adequate accommodation of the collections at the South Kensington Museum should be proceeded with without delay. They are of opinion that it will be a source of grave discredit to the country if the settlement of this matter, which has been the subject of consideration by Government for many years, and of endless correspondence between the departments concerned, is any longer delayed.”

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Notes. Nature 56, 106–109 (1897).

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