Later, I took my students to the Mineral Gallery to teach them, using this world class collection. Seven of my students are or were members of staff of that department, one reaching the rank of Keeper.
Mine is the story of one individual, whose life has been very greatly enriched by free access to this wonderful mineral collection. We shall never know how many fail to reap similar benefits, due to the introduction of admission charges. I make an earnest plea for free entry to the Natural History Museum and other museums for all people, from school children to scholars, to enrich the cultural heritage of this country.
A F SEAGER
Emeritus Reader in Mineralogy, University of London
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