Memories of the British Museum by Robert CowtanMemories of the British Museum by Robert Cowtan

Memories of the British Museum

byRobert Cowtan

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872. Excerpt: ... Retirement Of Mr. Panizzi From The Office Of Principal Librarian; The Appointment Of His Successor; AppointMent Of Mr. Thomas Watts As Keeper Of The Printed Books; His Brief Career As Keeper, And His Sudden Death. N 1866, Mr. Panizzi began to feel indications of the need of repose after the earnest and unflagging application of all the powers of his active mind in the service of the public for a period of thirty-five years. The same energy and ability which marked his career as Keeper of the Printed Books characterized him as Principal Librarian. Many subjects out of the ordinary routine of his duties had demanded his attention, of which the most important was the question of space for the constantly growing collections. Although the new Reading-Room and its adjuncts had done much towards making provision for the increase of the Library, the other departments remained as much inconvenienced by want of room as before. Mr. Panizzi, in his evidence before the Committee of the House of Commons in 1835-6, expressed his opinion that it would be for the advantage of the Museum, and of Natural History, that the collections then under the roof of Montague House, should be separated, and the portion relating to Natural History be removed elsewhere. This opinion he always conscientiously maintained, and repeatedly urged; and a plan, which he drew, embracing alterations and additions to the present Museum building, to adapt it for the collections of art and literature after the removal of those relating to Natural History, was generally approved of by the Trustees and the Government. The principle of separation had thus been adopted by a majority of the Trustees, and also by the Government, but the sanction of the House of Commons had not yet been given to it. It dep...
Title:Memories of the British MuseumFormat:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217021727

ISBN - 13:9780217021722