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A CABINET MINISTER OF HEALTH,

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ENGLAND, RUSSIA, AND AFGHANISTAN.

SCIENCE AND ART DEPARTMENT.

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SCIENCE AND ART DEPARTMENT. A Parliamentary paper has been issued containing the 32ad report of the Science and Art Department of the Committee of Council on Education for the year 1834. The report it" arranged under the follow- ing head., 1, Aid given towards the promotion of instruction in science; 2, aid given towards the promo- tion of instruction in elementary drawing and in fine art as applied to industry, 3, South KensingtonM useu m; 4, Bethnal-green Museum; 5, other museums; 6, the Geological Survey of the Unjted kingdom: 7, institutions and societies receiving aid through the department; 8, congresses, conferences, and ex- hibitions; and 9, lace-making in Ireland. Under each of these heads is to be found in the report a quantity of interesting matter. Thus, under the first head it is stated that the schools receiving aid towards ele- mentary scientific instruction have grown in numbers in 10 years from 1299 to 1463, and the pupils from 52,609 to 78,336; the number of persons examined from 30,685 to 58,866; that of 62,303 papers worked in 187o 43,192 were passed, while in 1884 86,910 were worked and 61,734 passed. Thus not only have the numbers actually increasedt but proportion of passed papers has increased from 69 per cent, to 71 per cent. The grand totals of persons taught drawing, painting, or modelling hav9 somewhat decreased, from 909,216 in 1882 to 851,805 in 1884. The number of visitors to the South Kensington Museum in the year was 963,117, and to Bethnal-green 447,330, As is well known, objects are lent by the former for exhibition to provincial museums, schools of art, and exhibitions. The institutions thus aided were 23 in number, of which five were new buildings opened in 1884. Under the head of congresses and exhibitions we find notices of the International Prime Meridian Conference at Washington, the Now Orleans Exhibition, the Medical Congresses at Copenhagen and the Hague, and the preparations made for the Autwerp Exhibition of 1885. Not the least interesting part of the paper is that which deals with lace-making in Ireland. Since 1883 endea- vours have been made to develop and improve this in- dustry. Lace-making schools and convents have been vis;ted, sets of photographs of specimens of lace have been supplied, prizes have been given, and a collec- tion of old lace has been purchased, with the assistance of the department, for exhibition in the new build- ings at Cork. The artistic side of the lace industry in Ireland is not, however, under such active super- vision as obtains in France and Belgium. The dis- tinction between designer and worker is not duly felt, the workers are left to themselves to devise new de- signs, and little provision is made whereby persons shall be enabled to train themselves to make designs for the use of lace-workers. The report concludes with stating that the expense of the department for the financial year was £371,611 12s. lOd. A large proportion of the book, which consists of some 370 pages, is made up of appendices, which contain re- turns from the various branches of the department and a large number of reports on other matters, one especially interesting report being that of Professor Ball on museums and other institutions in the United States. This report is accompanied by illustrations giving plans and elevations of the places visited.

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