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The Imperial Institute

Nature volume 134, page 248 (18 August 1934) | Download Citation



THE annual report of the Imperial Institute contains the last report of the retiring director of the Institute, Lieut.-Gen. Sir William Furse, to the Board of Governors. Sir William there affirms his belief that the threefold activities of the Institute (1) intelligence, (2) investigations and (3) education are of immense importance and essential to the economic development of the Empire. He adds that the Imperial Institute is still not sufficiently known and is left overmuch to carry on as best it can. It has never been financed adequately, but from time to time an outside Committee is appointed to investigate the Institute, usually when bankruptcy appears to be impending. Its own resources, from its original endowment and from the letting of rooms, amount to less than £10,000 per annum: Sir William estimates that it requires an income four to five times this figure. He points out that the Institute has only been kept alive for the past ten years by the munificence of private donors and adds: “In no spirit of ingratitude to these gentlemen, I venture to suggest that this method of carrying on our essential Imperial service is unworthy of our great Empire.”

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