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Empire Grants Committee for Museums

Nature volume 140, page 499 (18 September 1937) | Download Citation



THE final report to the Carnegie Corporation of New York on the activities of the Empire Grants Committee appears in the Museums Journal of May. It is a stimulating document. On April 1, 1934, the Committee was set up to administer a fund of 54,000 dollars granted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for Colonial Museums, with an addition of 9,000 dollars for expenses, £12,550 in all. All museums in the British Colonies, and in Newfoundland and Southern Rhodesia were invited to submit applications for grants ; forty applications were received and twenty-five grants were made. They ranged from £60 to Kandy Museum and Bermuda Historical Museum to £1,000 for Nairobi, Cyprus, Barbados, Singapore, Zanzibar, Jamaica. Various strict regulations had to be made as to the conditions upon which grants could be made ; but the Committee is satisfied that the ffect of grants has been in nearly every instance most stimulating to the local museum movement. At Buelawayo and Salisbury, the museums have been elevated to the dignity of national museums ; in Cyprus, Barbados and Antigua more attractive premises and added Government recognition have been gained ; but in most cases grants have been given for cases and equipment, so that museum interiors have been brightened and organized on modern lines. The success of the experiment leads the Committee to suggest that there are good reasons for continuing so promising a first effort.

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