Interesting Presentation at the Horniman Museum at Forest Hill/Museums and Museums [Communicated]

One article praising Mr Horniman for offering the grounds of his museum to host a presentation made to Mr J R Manning by the St. Peter’s Church in Dulwich Common. The article is particularly complimentary towards Mr Horniman, noting that he took great care of his guests by providing them with refreshments and ensuring that they were all catered for and comfortable. The decoration of the grounds is also described “beautifully illuminated”, with the author noting that there were “1050 fairy lamps and seven hundred Japanese lamps” which were organised by a Mr Sparks. The author lists some of the guests who attended the event including Mr Manning and his wife as well as Mr Quick the Curator of the museum. It is noted that Mr Manning received a silver tray “for valuable services”. The Rev J H Pulley spoke about Mr Manning’s services and Mr Horniman was also thanked for his part in hosting the presentation at his grounds.
On the other side of this cutting there is a short piece entitled ‘Museums and Museums’. The author of this article goes on to describe in detail the difference between museums, as well as expanding on the consensus of the point of museums, “a few years ago, museums were looked upon as musty places”, however this perception of museums is slowly beginning to change. The author also notes that the public should do more to help their museums “to add to its interest and popularity”. The author also gives their own opinion of what they think that a museum should be “an ideal of museum should be a collection of instructive labels, each illustrated by a well selected specimen”. The rest of the article goes on the praise the Horniman Museum for its broad and interesting collection of items “valuable for the training of the mind, the eye and the hand” as well as noting the variety cultures that have been displayed in the collection, “characteristic specimens from China, Japan, India, Egypt etc.”. The article ends by noting who is welcome to visit the museum as well providing the readers with information regarding when the museum is open for people to visit it.

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