SIR CHARLES PEERS, Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments and president of the Society of Antiquaries, has been awarded the Royal gold medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects for his services to architecture. The presentation took place at the Institute on April 3. Sir Charles Peers has now held office as Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments for twenty years. It is largely owing to his zeal in carrying out his duties and the breadth of his practical knowledge in archæological matters that, not only have a large number of our antiquities been preserved from vandalism, but also the cooperation of the Office of Works, of which he is an officer, has been sought readily and with confidence by those who are interested either as owners, as archaeologists, or as members of the public in the future as well as the past of ancient monuments. At the same time, the powers and duties of his office and his department, which were anything but adequate at the time of his appointment, have been enlarged by successive Acts of Parliament, until, with notable reservations to which attention has been directed with emphasis recently, such monuments are now within a measurable distance of a reasonable assurance of safety.