Persistent identifier:
image: of 194
ancient and modern—both of this borough and this county. This is not an exhibition which is to be merely examined with pleasurable curiosity and then forgotten. It will, if it answers the purpose for which it was intended, and if it realizes the expectations of its promoters, have an influence for good upon the future life of Southampton and its sons and daughters. Its educational effect must be great, if its advantages are properly appreciated. We trust that the children, the youths and the maidens of our town, as well as those of a riper age, may be stimulated by the exhibition—• that they may intelligently note the progress that has been made, and realise at the same time that this progress has to be maintained and that the future of Southampton depends upon the individual effort of each. May I suggest that throughout the schools of the town an effort should be made to get the scholars to attend this exhibition for the sake of the object lessons they will receive and the enthusiasm it will arouse amongst them in pursuit of the fascinating study of the lives and works of those who shine so conspicuously in the history of the Southampton of the past. And to students of more mature age this exhibition must appeal with great force, for from it they can learn much that otherwise might be lost altogether. From the study of the past comes the prospect of the future. We study our forefathers' habits, and admire their work ; we honour the memory of those who have placed this town in a foremost position in the country, and we feel, as a natural sequence, the desire not only to emulate their example, but so to serve our town that we may leave it better than we found it, so that those who follow us may say of us—as we say to-day of the worthies who preceded us—that our example is worthy of emulation. I wish, in conclusion, to add one word in reference to what Professor Hearnshaw has said in the introductory note to the catalogue of exhibits. It does seem a great pity that these exhibits—brought as they have been from all quarters and lent—should be lost to the town, whose history they chronicle, and for which they form the links of the chain which binds the present with the past. Is Southampton so far behind the times that her sons and daughters cannot establish a permanent home and resting place for such a rare and valuable collection as we see before us ? True, these exhibits are only loaned ; but if a permanent museum were established would there not be many possessors of ancient relics who would be willing to help to furnish a museum which would be a credit to the town, a lasting memorial to those who have left their names written upon the local scroll of fame, and a never-failing source of education to those upon whom falls the task of preserving the fair name and fame of this good old port and town.
The Chairman announced he had received apologies from the Duke of Wellington, K.G. (president of the Hartley University College), the Earl of Northbrook, G.C.S.I. (Lord Lieutenant of
Facebook Twitter Stumbleupon Delicious Digg RSS