50 & 100 years ago

50 Years Ago

As good trade unionists know, wage claims at times of economic belt-tightening are no more successful than whistling in a blizzard. However sweet the music sounds, it never carries far. The Association of University Teachers is far from being a trade union; if it were, it would probably not have persisted with its claim that teachers in universities are underpaid. The British Government has rewarded the association for its pains by asking the Prices and Incomes Board, a notoriously unsentimental body, to undertake a survey of university salaries … if the Prices and Incomes Board should conclude that there are no grounds for an increase, that is likely to be an end to the matter. And once the board … have the bit between their teeth, no government is going to feel moved to set up a review body more sympathetic to the teachers.

From Nature 6 January 1968

100 Years Ago

The Science Museum, South Kensington, was re-opened to the public on Tuesday, January 1. The museum has been closed to the public for nearly two years; it has, however, been open without interruption for students. As compared with 1914 conditions, the extent and the hours of opening for 1918 are somewhat reduced, but the greater part of the museum will be open free on every weekday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m … The collections contain many unique objects of great interest as representing discoveries, inventions, and appliances that have been of first-rate importance in the advancement of science and of industry. Such objects as Watt’s engines, early locomotives, steamships … and textile machinery are records of British contributions to the progress of the world.

From Nature 3 January 1918

Nature 553, 33 (2018)

doi: 10.1038/d41586-017-08908-9

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