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The Carnegie United Kingdom Trust

Nature volume 140, page 541 (25 September 1937) | Download Citation



THE Carnegie United Kingdom Trust's annual reports are always worth reading, not only for the intrinsic interest of the Trust's achievements but also as revealing the latest developments of the administrative policies gradually evolved by the trustees. Co-operation with other trusts and relation to Government services are two aspects of the Trust administration that tend to call increasingly for careful study, owing to recent creations of other and comparable trusts and the ever-increasing liberality of the statutory services, notably since the inauguration of the Government's national health and youth programme. In this connexion, the report for 1936 notes that the Trust's playing fields policy, which has been completely successful, has now been discontinued, the future fulfilment of its objects having been sufficiently secured. Of the various land-settlement schemes which the Trust has been helping to finance, very encouraging accounts are given. "One of the most striking features of the new full-time holdings is the brightness of spirits of the whole community", although most of the men (about 110) had been unemployed for several years. Part-time subsistence holdings (about 1,000 in all) have been an immediate success in nearly every district where they have been established. Of the village halls the Trust has helped to finance, the report says their existence "has given new life to the community. Other recipients of the Trust's help during the year were: young farmers' clubs, the National Council of Social Service, new estates' community centres, amateur music societies, conductors' schools, adult education (inquiry into social and educational needs of the 18 + age-group), museums and libraries.

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