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The Museums Association

Nature volume 68, page 310 (30 July 1903) | Download Citation



THE fourteenth annual congress of the Museums Association was held in Aberdeen on July 13–16, and although the place of meeting was so far north, the attendance was exceptionally good, while the programme of business was one of the most varied and useful that has ever been brought before the Association. The president for this year is Dr. F. A. Bather, assistant keeper of geology, British Museum (Natural History), whose presidential address dealt chiefly with art museums. After defining generally the purport and breadth of museums, which he classified into three divisions, (a) investigation for the benefit of specialists; (b) instruction for the benefit of students; and (c) inspiration for the guidance of the general visitor, he entered into a critical survey of the Museum of Fine Art, specially condemning the present system of arranging pictures, and the lack of harmony between the architecture, decoration, and contents of an art gallery.

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