Museums and the State


I HAVE read with deep interest the leading article entitled “The State and the National Museums” which appeared in NATURE of March 11. As a zoologist my interest is chiefly centred in the Natural History Museum at South Kensington, and I most heartily agree with the statement that “the development of the Natural History Museum has been grievously hampered by the persistent attempt made to fit it to a system devised... especially for the great library [at Bloomsbury], which has, in fact, always tended to overshadow the rest of the museum.”

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MACBRIDE, E. Museums and the State. Nature 105, 68 (1920).

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