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hammer figured in the first volume of their Hants Field Club proceedings, an object of great interest, and a bronze celt, one of a series presented by Mr. Darwin. If they had been borrowed or tern-porarily removed, he hoped his calling attention to them would lead to their speedy restoration. He trusted that at no distant date they might have the treasures of the Hartley Museum deposited in some local museum worth} of the collection. Such an institution would be an attraction to the town, and in places where such museums exist they were a stimulus to local history, and a haven for the deposit of articles which collectors would readily give if there were a prospect of the objects being preserved with proper care. He suggested that Tudor House (so well restored by Mr. Spranger, to whom all lovers of antiquity in Southampton owed a debt of gratitude) might be utilised in this direction, and with the sanction of the Mayor and Corporation, who he presumed were the guardians of the Hartley collections, they might be removed to that interesting building, at present unused, which would make an excellent museum. Any expense incurred could be met by public subscriptions ; the College would be relieved of their care, and would have increased space for educational purposes.
Lord Montagu, speaking in acknowledgment, said he always looked to Southampton with very great interest, with its many varied features, both ancient and modern. He emphasised what had been said as to the idea of forming some kind of Museum in Southampton. Speaking for himself, he had objects of interest which might not be so well cared for in future generations as he had endeavoured to care for them in his time, and he should feel much more satisfied if he knew there was a museum where they would be looked upon from an educational point of view. He thought that the same feeling would animate many people who had collections if they knew there was a place where objects could be deposited where they would be guarded with care and be of benefit to luture generations as well as the present.
Colonel Bance next proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman and the officials and members of the committee. As an old Southamptonian he owed to Prof. Hearnshaw a great debt of gratitude, for by initiating that exhibition he had re-introduced him to many objects almost lost sight of, and had also introduced him to many most interesting objects he had never been privileged to see before. On recently visiting York he had been much impressed by the excellent way in which they took charge of their public buildings and their old walls, giving inhabitants and visitors free access to all valuable remains. In the past this had not been done in Southampton. Unfortunately their predecessors, for the sake of a few shillings a year, had let oul portions of their valuable property at small quit rents, and had included in them parts of the old walls and
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