Victorian London - Entertainment and Recreation - Museums, Public Buildings and Galleries - Parkes Museum of Hygiene

THE PARKES MUSEUM OF HYGIENE.—This museum, which is in course of formation at University College, Gower-street, is in a fair way towards completion, and will soon be available for the purpose of diffusing a practical knowledge of many branches of sanitary science. The executive committee consists of the Professors of Medicine, Hygiene, Architecture, Engineering, Chymistry, and Surgery, and their aim has been to make the museum as widely useful for teaching purposes as possible. The Council of the College have devoted an area of 3,500ft. for the purposes of display, and contributions in the shape of books, charts, plans, models, apparatus, &c., are arriving almost daily. The India Office, the Museum of Economic Botany at Kew, the South Kensington Museum, the Hygienic Department of the Army at Washington and the city of Brussels, besides many manufacturing firms and individuals have already made valuable contributions. The museum is divided into a library and eight classes. The library will be devoted entirely to works on hygiene reports, pamphlets, &c. Class I is devoted to local hygiene and sanitary engineering and will consist mainly of plans, views, drawings, &c., illustrative of drainage, sewerage, water supply, burial, and the hygiene of crowded districts. Class 2 deals with hygienic architecture, and will be illustrated by plans and drawings properly classified and packed in portfolios for easy reference. Class 3 illustrates the important subjects of lighting and warming; Class 4, clothing; and Class 5, food.  This will be, perhaps, the largest class in the museum, and will be illustrated by specimens, drawings, models, &c., and will deal with the important subject of diet from every point of view. CIass 6 deals with personal regime and comfort for invalids, including the transport and care of sick and wounded in battle; Class 7 with safety and rescue; and Class 8 with the hygiene of the professional and industrial classes. An elaborate prospectus has been printed and circulated, at the expense of Mr. Twining, of Twickenham, who has been most generous in his contributions to the museum, which will be forwarded to any persons interested in hygiene on application to the secretary of the Parkes Museum. University College. London.

Times, November 14 1877