Birmingham.—The lectures on town-planning which form an interesting part of the activities of the department of civil engineering are on an unusually extended scale this session. These lectures owe their existence to the generosity of the late Mr. George Cadbury and the trustees of the Bournville Village Trust, and are intended not merely for the university students but also for municipal officers, professional men, and members of the general public. The first series, by Mr. William Haywood, is open to all without fee; it deals with the historical aspect of the subject, reviewing in turn ancient, medieval, renaissance, and modern town plans, and concludes with a consideration of the possibilities of Birmingham. In the second series of lectures, three are to be given by Mr. H. H. Humphries, City Engineer of Birmingham, two by Dr. John Robertson, Medical Officer of Health, who will deal with the health aspects of town-planning and the importance of environment, and five by Mr. F. C. Minshull, Chief Assistant Solicitor to the City of Birmingham, on the legal aspects of the subject, the operation and administration of schemes. The third series, of twenty lectures by Mr. Haywood, is more particularly intended for students of civil engineering. Class work in surveying and in working out problems in site-planning is given each week during the winter and spring terms.