HC Deb 10 December 1888 vol 331 c1607
MR. ESSLEMONT (Aberdeen, E.)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, in regard to a suggested extension of South Kensington Museum, If he will consider whether the usefulness of the Museum could be better promoted by circulating the exhibits in the provinces after they had been a given time at South Kensington, under guarantee and on the application of Local Authorities where suitable buildings have been provided?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

If the hon. Member will refer to Sections 56–58 of the Directory of the Science and Art Department, he will see the conditions under which objects are now put in circulation to local Museums. During 1887, 28,363 objects were so circulated, showing an increase of 2,200 as compared with the previous year.