Museums in the Modern World

I have come across a reference in a book of articles about Henry-Russell Hitchcock and John Summerson to a lecture that Henry-Russell Hitchcock wrote in 1939 in the Architectural Review about ‘Museums in the Modern World’. He wrote that ‘The Museum is an institution worth saving.   But let us be sure that in saving it, it is not the marble shrine of the dead past, but that combination of learning place, centre of entertainment and workshop of the future which few museums of the world are today’. The wording is strikingly similar to similar statements about what museums should be today.


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