Museums and Schools

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    AN exhibition designed to demonstrate some of the opportunities for co-operation in function between museums and schools in the work of education opened in the Department of Archaeology and Egyptology of University Cpllege, University of London, Gower Street, London, WC,-1, on June 20 and will remain daily until July 15., The material exhibited has been contributed, mainly from their publications, by the museums of London and of the United States of America. It serves to bring out with considerable clarity the very different approach by the museums of the two countries to the problem of education. In London, largely owing to the manner in which the great national collections originated, and the way in which they have been built up, emphasis is laid on the function of the museum as a store-house of research and advanced critical appreciation, as well as, of course, as a place of exhibition of such part of the national wealth as is embodied in objects of artistic or historical interest and value concentrated in London. In the United States, on the other hand, the museums rely almost entirely upon funds from unofficial sources, whether from endowment or in the form of current income. In consequence, the latter have consistently stressed their educational function, directing it, naturally, hi the first instance to the satisfaction of the interests or needs of their more immediate clientele.

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    Museums and Schools. Nature 143, 1058–1059 (1939) doi:10.1038/1431058c0

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