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each of the others in the performance of his duties and occupations, Booilii, owing chiefly to the narrow space in which they are confined. it'cor On account of its locality, the Department of Manuscripts cannot
derive any direct advantage from the removal of the Natural History And PboCollections; no space which will thus become vacant can be rendered ,ECT0RSavailable for the purpose of remedying the inconveniences here stated. As, however, the Department of Printed Books obtains the additional accommodation before mentioned, a portion of the space now occupied by Printed Books, very conveniently situated to supply the wants of the Department of Manuscripts, ought to be transferred to this department.
It is, therefore, proposed that the study, marked No. 57 on the ground- Spack To B> floor plan, be removed to the north end of No. 55, now occupied by Printed Books, and that the site of No. 55 be attached to the Department of Manuscripts. In that gallery, one hundred and fifteen by eighteen, Printed excellent accommodation, with abundance of light, would be found for Boo|ts TO twenty thousand manuscript volumes—for fifteen students at least (this
number is ample if admission be strictly and bond fide limited to the class of persons for whom it is intended) at separate seats, each having a table space of two feet and a half in depth and four in length,—and for ten assistants or more, admirably placed for superintendence. The area of the eastern recess of No. 56 would then be quite clear, and available for the exhibition of manuscripts, like the western recess in the same room. And when as large an exhibition of manuscripts as the Bpace permits is accessible to the public (and still more accommodation for this exhibition might be found in the present Department of Manuscripts), the Batue restrictions as have been suggested with respect to coins and to prints ought to be imposed on the handling of select manuscripts.
It now remains to find space wherein to provide proper accommodation for the binder, as well as for the Trustees' offices, for the Collection of Prints and for the Collection of Coins.
On the cast side of the roadway parallel to the Department of Manu- Buildings scripts, there is a piece of ground extending to Montague Street on the '*TaK °areast, to the house No. 30, in that same street towards the north, and to the Principal-Librarian's house on the south. On a portion of this ground stands an old building, now partly appropriated to the binder Librarian's and partly used a8 a guard-house; the remainder forms the garden H0D8*attached to the residence of the Principal-Librarian. It appears to your Committee that by substituting a new building for the one existing, and by building on the greater part of the garden, ample accommodation will be found for what is wanted. Your Committee cannot abstain from mentioning that this great sacrifice of personal convenience on the part of the Principal-Librarian was suggested and brought under their notice by that officer himself.
It was some years ago suggested by the Government that the military guard might be dispensed with at the Museum; at times when the services of the army were preBsingly required, it was felt that soldiers might be more usefully employed than in being kept for mere show at the Museum. It was, however, thought that on removing the military guard, better provision should be made for the safety of the Museum.
Then follow various details of minor consequence; to which succeed an enumeration of the additional space gained for the Collections of Printed Books, Manuscripts, Prints and Drawings, Antiquities, Coins and Medals, as Cohtinuj!d. wen as for offices, store-rooms, bookbinders' shops, &c, by the proposed alterations, as respects each of the several Departments of Printed Books, Manuscripts, and Antiquities; and a summary of the whole, from which it appears that the additional space gained by the Department of Printed Books amounts to an area of seventeen thousand eight hundred and three square feet; that the additional space gained by the Department, of Antiquities amounts to sixty-seven thousand six hundred and ninetytwo square feet; and, finally, that the additional space gained by the Department of Manuscripts amounts to three thousand four hundred and thirty square feet.
Book 111 Chap. VII. Rkco.nStructors And ProJectors.