Ipswich Museum


    AN appeal on behalf of the Ipswich Museum has been issued by Mr. J. Reid Moir, its president. The Museum is not well provided with exhibits illustrating the culture of the bronze age; but it now has the opportunity of acquiring an exceptional collection of bronze implements, many of which were found in Suffolk, at a cost of £100. The collection is at present on view in the Museum. Mr. Reid Moir, in issuing his appeal, does not confine himself to this immediate object; he takes a long view of the situation. Availing himself of the occasion, he suggests the institution of a body of “Friends of the Museum” who might collaborate in its work in various ways, and might, by subscription, provide a fund for use in emergencies which the provision from municipal funds could not meet for various reasons. The case for the local museum as a centre of regional scientific and historical studies is ably stated in the appeal and needs no further elaboration here. On the question of general principle, however, it may be pointed out that any proposal such as that made by Mr. Reid Moir, which helps to broaden interest among the local public in the function of its museum, deserves every encouragement. Without desiring to relieve the municipality, as the local education authority, from any responsibility that may be imposed upon it for the maintenance of the general intellectual level of its area, it must be admitted that occasions frequently arise in connexion with the work of a museum in which voluntary effort, financial or other, is salutary and expedient, or even necessary, to supplement the official obligation of the municipality.

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