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Flatford Mill Field Centre

Nature volume 158, page 681 (09 November 1946) | Download Citation



THE first report of the warden of the pioneer centre at fottord Mill of the Council for the Promotion Field Studies shows how much has already irachieved. This centre opened to receive stucs on May 25, and closed on September 30. Dujn this period 339 students or visiting staff came into residence-118 men, 221 women-or attended daily (29 on approximately twenty occasions). Of the visiting students and staff, 102 stayed for three days or less; 157 stayed for between three days and a week; 40 stayed for between a week and a fortnight; 11 stayed for longer than a fortnight; and 29 attended daily. 217, coming as members of classes, were eligible for university or other educational authority grants-in-aid; 122 came independently, that is, about one third were independent scientific workers or artists ineligible, so far as is known, for any official grant-in-aid. It would seem, therefore, that a field centre provides a long-wanted opportunity for the ‘independent amateur’. The relative numbers of the various groups of students and staff were as follows: visiting teaching staff, 36; university students, 19; teachers (attending courses or in other official capacity), 57; training college students, 53; school students, 53; independent students (a) “of research status”, 62; (b) “of amateur status”, 40 (total 102, of whom 28 were artists-21 in a, 7 in 6 status); other “interested visitors”, 19.

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