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69 As Festing made clear here, and elsewhere in his testimony, no longer was the Museum to be seen as an encyclopaedic conspectus of the material culture of industry for which Prince Albert had once aimed. Indeed Festing denied that his was a ‘technical museum’ at all. Rather, it was the Science Museum. At the same time, a major breakthrough of the 1898 hearing was to resolve the tension with the geologists of Jermyn Street, who also had a claim on ‘science’. The new committee recommended the closure of the Jermyn Street buildings themselves, but, rather than forcing their amalgamation with their long-standing South Kensington antagonist, a separate Geological Museum in South Kensington was recommended.
4. Report of the Departmental Committee on the Science Museum and the Geological Museum (London: Board of Education, 1911), p. 5. 5. Paddington Bear (via Michael Bond), Evening Standard, 12 May 2009. 6. com/ (accessed 14 December 2009). 7. To give just one example here, Sir Henry Lyons and David Baxandall were said to fight like ‘two Kilkenny cats’ (Follett, The Rise of the Science Museum, p. 102). 8. David Edgerton, The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History since 1900 (London: Profile Books, 2006) and Gerard De Groot, Dark Side of the Moon: The Magnificent Madness of the American Lunar Quest (London: Jonathan Cape, 2007).
In 1879 they too were ordered to move. 56 When the move took place all the same, Percy resigned in high dudgeon. The controversy had demonstrated the divisions within the scientific community. 57 Under the old, but now increasingly misleading, heading of the South Kensington Museum, a quite new institution was nonetheless slowly evolving, in which the ‘Science’ and ‘Art’ collections were becoming increasingly intellectually, institutionally and physically separate. Preparations were now being made for the expulsion of the Patent Office Museum from its site on the east side of Exhibition Road, as it was contaminating the now overwhelmingly arts-oriented provision destined for the site.