HC Deb 21 July 1858 vol 151 c1867

said, he wished to call attention to the fact that the National Gallery was shut on Saturdays, while by a recent resolution of the trading community upwards of 50,000 persons in the metropolis now enjoyed a half-day holiday on that day. He wished to know from the right hon. Gentleman the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it was not possible that arrangements could be made to give that vast number of persons the opportunity of visiting the Gallery during the hours of their half-holiday? He thought the case might be met by opening the Gallery from one to six o'clock on Saturdays.


said, he thought that some arrangement such as that indicated by the hon. Member would be very desirable, and that the regulations of the National Gallery should be made to harmonize with that beneficial change in the national manners which gave the working classes a half-holiday on Saturday. He should most certainly give his attention to the subject.