THE Blackpool meeting of the British Association closed on Wednesday, September 16, with the assembly of the general committee, when research committees were appointed and resolutions were passed gratefully acknowledging the obligations of the Association to the Mayor and Corporation for their hospitality and the ways in which they had contributed to the work and entertainment of the Association at Blackpool. The meeting has been notable in several aspects, and one which is unique of its kind was the opening of the famous autumn illuminations on Saturday, September 12, when Sir Josiah Stamp, president of the Association, switched on from a train the 300,000 coloured electric lights on pylons and archways which illuminated the whole length of the promenade. The day had been spent by a large party which travelled by special train to Furness Abbey, Windermere, Rydal Water and Grasmere; and upon the return journey the train was stopped at Oxenholme so that Sir Josiah could speak from his carriage to the people of Blackpool before he pressed the button which started the illumination of the five miles of the promenade. Sir Oliver Lodge, who was given an enthusiastic welcome at the opening meeting, when he expressed the thanks of the Association to Sir Josiah Stamp for his presidential address, attended a few other meetings before he left on Monday. His presence at Blackpool was much appreciated not only by his scientific friends but also by the people of Blackpool.