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J 1> "r SOUTH KENSINGTON MUSEUM. THE PROPOSED FRONTAGE. As the authorities have not yet agreed upon the plans, no date can be fixed for the visit of her Majesty to_ Sout|j I^ensingjop, jn ordetL to lay the foundation-stone of the proposed frontage buildings to the Museum, which'is tcn5e re-named the Victoria ind Albert. The House of Commons having passed I the bill authorising the expenditure of £ 800,000 in rhe completion qf the scheme, which was started in 18,5t, there is no difficulty-of "finance or epecial need For economy. But the departments concerned ire engaged in discussing a question of principle, and it is expected that the memo- rials which are now in circulation, emanat- ing front the Boyal Society and. Boyal Academy, will tiave considerable weight in influencing the- final ieciskm. Both these bodies, it. is understood, raise objection to the inclusion in the main buildings of nejv laboratories for the Science Department in the .vestern wing of the contemplated frontage. The jesire is to keep the oourtr which will form the block, lpproached on the one side from Cromwell-road, and -lie-r other by the Exhibit ion-road, for art alone, though lie existence of the science schools-in a lofty building jn the western side, which cannot very well be re- moved, of course prevents the logical carrying out of Jiii idea. The schools require additional labora- ories, and these might most conveniently be pro- vided, on the iother side of the Exhibition-road in proximity to the collections of machinery and inven- tions, and of scientific objects there housed in special galleries. Land for purposes of science was pur- chased years ago, much under cost, from the Com- missioners of the Exhibition of 1851, and it is still available. On. the other hand, South Kensington Museum proper-which already comprises galleries for the exhibition of works of art in plaster and electro-type, ceramics, textiles, wood, metal, glass, and British:piotures, with an art library, ,a science and education library, and the National Art Training: School, besides the Boyal College of Soience—will need all the space it oaa command. Room must be 'found ultimately for- the Indian section, now wedged between the Imperial Institute and the City and. Guilds of London Technical In- stitute. There will then be not much provision for the normal growth of the art galleries, especially if a considerable portion of the site,. as,shown on the prize competition plan prepared in 1892; be devoted to the science laboratories. The elevation has a central tower, and the question is asked whether more towers are Wanted in the neighbourhood of the CromweU-road. Until the inclusion of exclusion of tlie Science Department, as far as possible, be deter- mined by the Cabinet,-it is not thought probable that arrangements for beginning, the hew addition will take dafmite shape, r

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