Tring Museum


    ABOUT the time of the recent meeting of the British Association in Nottingham, it was announced in the Press that the late Lord Rothschild had bequeathed the buildings and collections of his museum at Tring to the nation on condition that the trustees of the British Museum should undertake their custody and maintenance. The president of the Association, Sir Edward Poulton, expressed in his address the hope that this condition would be accepted, and the committee of Section D (Zoology) forwarded a resolution to the Council, recording its opinion "that the continuance of the Tring Museum as an active centre of scientific research is a matter of the utmost importance from a national, and indeed from an international, point of view. For many years", the resolution continues, "the collections preserved there, more particularly the vast and unequalled collection of Lepidoptera, have attracted research workers from all over the world and have been the means of adding largely to our understanding of the problems of geographical variation. The Sectional Committee earnestly desire that the permanent conservation of these collections and the continuance of the facilities for their study provided by the munificence of the late Lord Rothschild will be ensured by their being placed in the custody of the Trustees of the British Museum." The Council of the Association has now adopted this resolution.

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    Tring Museum. Nature 140, 842 (1937).

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