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Museums of To-morrow

Nature volume 158, page 616 (02 November 1946) | Download Citation



DR. D. A. ALLAN's presidential address on the occasion of the Museums Association's annual conference a Bright year is reported in full in the of August. Under the title, transrans-Wploitis Mutandis, Dr. Allan advocates for teachincal the museum and less congestion of exliibits, and he is of the opinion that museums should not strive to increase already immense collections. “To perform its function adequately,” he says, “each museum, large or small, must adopt a plan and work it out. It is not enough merely to tidy-up a museum; it (must be put into working order; it must show less and teach more.” He also appeals for the establishment of special museums to demonstrate the history and applications of British mechanical invention and engineering, mining and agriculture, and looks for the further development of folk museums so that there may be one to each distinctive region of the British Isles.

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