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The total receipts in respect of the Museum during
£4 18 0 Viz. For one family ticket
£0 5 0 For one single ticket
0 2 6
who have paid an admission fee of 3d.
4 10 6
£4 18 0
Museum, &c., amount to
3 1 10
Leaving a balance in hand of ...
£1 16 2
The number of visitors who have entered their names in the Visitors' Book during the year ending October 1, 1875, is 1728.
The Committee venture to hope that this will be considered a satisfactory beginning, and bear comparison with other similar institutions.
In their last report the Committee mentioned that the satisfactory state of the Building Fund, showing a balance in hand after all liabilities were discharged, gave rise to hopes that the original design for the buildings might ultimately be carried out. Their anticipation was soon realized, for it was felt, as a necessary preliminary to the proper and full development of the Institution, that a room, separate from the Museum, for a Library and Reading-room should be provided. A plan, laying out the whole of the land, was prepared and circulated, a copy of which it is thought well to annex to this report.
This library is a room 30ft. long, 26ft. wide, and 12ft. high to the wall plate, and has partially an open roof. It is lighted by four large windows fronting to Red Lane, and another window on the west side.
It is planned in connection with the Museum, with the view of further extension, for the purposes of a School of Art, the establishment of which the trust deed of the Museum site contemplates and provides for.
A contract was entered into for its erection for £345, which, with the architect's commission and other incidental expenses, will involve a total expenditure of about £400. In the Appendix (A) to this report is contained a list of the subscriptions to the Library building fund of £374 12s. 3d., leaving a deficiency of about £30 still to be raised. £300 has been paid to the contractors on account.
In the beginning of September last it was found that the new Library was in a sufficiently advanced state to admit of the Annual Meeting of the Club being held therein in the first week in October. In order appropriately to inaugurate the opening of the New Library, and also to aid in the establishment of a School of Art, if such were
found to be practicable, it was determined to hold an Exhibition of Art and Archaeological objects on the day of the meeting, and to continue it for a week. Communications were held with the authorities of the South Kensington Museum, who at once consented to co-operate and to lend a collection of Art objects at the expense of the Department, but “on condition that part of the proceeds be set aside as a nucleus for the promotion of art instruction, even if not enough to induce the Committee to build at once.” A meeting of Members of the Club resident in the neighbourhood was convened, and a Committee formed, consisting of the following:—
E. Maurice Jones, Esq. (the Mayor of Welshpool), Chairman. Rev. J. E. Hill, Vicar. A. C. Humphreys, Esq. Thomas Bowen, Esq.
Rev. D. P. Lewis. W. Fisher, Esq. Morris C. Jones, Hon.Sec.
Rev. W. W. Lloyd. Richard Williams, Esq.
Morris P. Jones, Esq. C. E. Howell, Esq.
The following circular was issued by the Committee:—
“Powys-LAND MUSEUM AND LIBRARY, “WELshpool, 8th SEPTEMBER, 1875. “SIR, “I beg to inform you that, at a Meeting of Members of the Powys-land Club, the Mayor of Welshpool in the Chair, it was resolved that an Art Exhibition, under the auspices of the Powys-land Club, be held at the Powys-land Museum and Library, on the 4th October next, to continue for a week, and a Committee was formed of the Gentlemen present, and others who had consented to act, and also all other Members of the Powys-land Club who choose to join. i It is intended that the Exhibition should include the following classes of objects :Oil Paintings - - - - Antique and Art Jewelry. Water-Colour & Other Drawings - Coins.
Bronzes - - - - Antique Seals, Rings, Watches, etc.
Ancient China - - - - Ancient Pedigrees & Charters.
Antiquities - - - - - Bronze & Stone Implements, etc.
“You are respectfully invited to aid the efforts of the Committee, and to lend or to procure from friends the loan of such objects, for the purpose of this Exhibition.
“Having regard to the limited capacity of the rooms, and in order that due provision may be made, the Committee desire that intimation of the space required, and of the objects to be exhibited, should be given not later than the 20th September next, addressed to the Secretary.
“I am, Sir,
The Art Exhibition was thus organized, and held from the 4th to the 9th October, and also, at reduced rates of admission, on the 11th and 12th October.
Appendix B to this report gives a variety of details respecting the attendance (with the rates of admission) and the financial result. It must be admitted that neither one nor the other came up to the expectations of this Committee. This Committee, however, annex a copy of the Catalogue of the articles exhibited, with much satisfaction, and confidently submit that the Exhibition, in itself, was such as few country towns have witnessed, and was most successful, and deserved to have been better supported. This Committee desire to express their warm thanks to the ladies and gentlemen who so kindly exhibited objects at the Exhibition. The small surplus will be devoted: one half to the promotion of the Library, by the purchase of furniture or fittings, and the other half to the development of a School of Art. The Committee, in concluding their report, are glad to be able to add that the establishment of a School of Art has resulted from the Art Exhibition. After it was ascertained that arrangements could be made with the Master of the Shrewsbury School of Art, a meeting was held in Welshpool, on Wednesday the 27th October, and a local Committee was formed for the establishment of a School of Art in connection with the Art and Science Department of the Committee of Council on Education, South Kensington, and the services of the Master of the Shrewsbury School of Art were engaged. The Committee consisted of the following, viz.:
Seventeen ladies had promised to join the afternoon class, and upwards of thirty young men the evening class. The prospects of the School are therefore encouraging.
Sharing in the belief expressed in the Art Directory (p. 100), issued by the South Kensington authorities—“That the provision of a suitable building is essential for giving permanence to local efforts in establishing a School of Art,” the Museum and Library Committee call attention to the fact, that if the foregoing plan were adopted in its entirety the rooms for a School of Art could be added at an expenditure of £450 to £500, towards which a grant of about £150 could be obtained, subject to certain conditions, from the Committee of Council, and also, at least, one donation of £50 is already offered, providing the building is erected next year.
The Committee record these facts, that they may be acted upon when the occasion arises.
The Committee have made a mutually advantageous arrangement with the Welshpool Reading Society, for the latter having the concurrent use of the reading room.
Appendix (4) to the Museum and Library Committee's Report. LIST OF DONATIONS TO THE LIBRARY BUILDING FUND.
£ s. d.
£ s. d. Balance in hand of previ
S. Powell, Esq.
2 0 0 ous subscriptions 25 10 9 | P. Ll. Turner, Esq.
2 0 0 Two subscriptions unpaid
T. T. Griffiths, Esq. 1 1 0 and one only yet re
J. Hilditch Evans, Esq. 1 1 0 ceived
2 2 0 A. C. Humphreys, Esq. 1 1 0 A friend 500 Rev. G. Sandford
1 1 0 The Earl of Powis 50 0 0 E. R. Morris, Esq. 1 1 0 Morris C. Jones, F.S.A.... 5000 Rev. E. Matthews
1 1 0 R. E. Jones, Esq. 20 0 0 A, W. Black, Esq.
1 1 0 Sir Edmd. Buckley, Bart. 20 0 0 T. Rutter, Esq.
1 1 0 The Countess of Powis 10 00 P. A. Beck, Esq.
1 1 0 J. Y. W. Lloyd, Esq. 10 0 0 Rev. G. A. Salusbury 1 1 0 Archdeacon Clive 10 0 0 Edward Griffiths, Esq. 1 1 0 Thomas Edye, Esq. 10 0 0 Joseph Humphreys, Esq. 1 1 0 Joseph Evans, Esq. 10 00 S. Lewis, Esq.
1 1 0 The Lady Harriett Her
T. Sturkey, Esq... 1 1 0 bert 5 0 0 Mrs. Vaughan
1 1 0 Sampson Lloyd, Esq.,M.P. 5 0 0 Rev. Canon D. Williams 1 1 0 Henry Lloyd, Esq. 5 0 0 W. Wilding, Esq.
1 1 0 Thomas Bowen, Esq.
5 0 0 Richard Williams, Esq. 1 1 0 William Fisher, Esq. 5 0 0W.T. Parker, Esq. 1 1 0 C. W. W. Wynn, Esq.,
D. P. Owen, Esq.
1 1 0 M.P. 5 0 0 Rev. R, Temple
1 1 0 Hon. C. Hanbury Tracy, Mrs. Curling
1 1 0 M.P. 500 Rev. J. Lewis
1 1 0 Mrs. Yearsley
5 0 0 G. E. Cokayne, Esq. 1 1 0 Philip Wright, Esq. 5 0 0 B. Price, Esq.
1 1 0 Messrs. Beck & Co. 0 0 R. Gillart, Esq.
1 1 0 North and South Wales
E. Bebb, Esq.
1 1 0 Bank 5 OO L. Hutching, Esq.
1 1 0 A. Howell, Esq. 5 0 0 Miss Corrie
1 0 0 Edwin Hilton, Esq. 500 Rev. J. I. Turner
1 0 0 E. Maurice Jones, Esq. 3 30 General Scott
1 0 0 Commander J. Jones, R.N. 3 3 0 W. B. Pugh, Esq.
1 0 0 Rev. J. E. Hill
3 3 0 J. Jones, Esq., Oswestry 1 0 0 Lewis Lewis, Esq.
3 3 0 Rev. Edward Evans 0 10 6 Love Jones-Parry, Esq. 3 3 0 Rev. James Davies
0 10 0 Rev. D. P. Lewis 3 0 0 Mrs. Thorn
0 10 0 Miss Hinde-Lloyd 3 0 0 Mrs. Brownlow Wynne ... 0 10 0 W. B. Powell, Esq. 3 0 0 J. D. Corrie, Esq. 3 0 0
£374 12 3
2 2 0 on account 300 00
-£374 12 3 Rev. F. W. Parker
2 2 0 Thomas Newill, Esq. 2 0 0