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A New Opportunity for Museums

Naturevolume 134pages166167 (1934) | Download Citation



IF Government museums and a relatively small number of municipal and private museums be set on one side, it may be said that the others have struggled along, many fighting but to retain a place, without much encouragement or help from the public, the education authorities, or indeed from any of those who stand to gain most from the use of museum exhibits. Financial encouragement was lacking, so that collections (often free gifts) could not be properly developed or attractively displayed, but even more disabling was the lack of interest, which tended to drive the curator and his staff (if any) back upon themselves, and to repress efforts and schemes which even a modicum of outside interest would have caused to bud and blossom.


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