Many 'of the art treasures from the National Gallery and the British Museum have just been "released" from Bodmin Gaol, Cheltenham, and "art institution in Wales" whither' tli'ey were taken in the early clays of the war to escape' damage- (says a London paper of February 5). The whereabouts of these treasures—which included the Rokeby Venus, the famous Titians and the Domesday Book, priceless porcelains from South Kensington, and manuscripts from the Record Office.— were kept a secret. The treasures were carefully packed and "sent down to' tlie south-west of England. Now they .have returned, and many of them have been restored to their old positions. Tlie National Gallery, however, is far from being its old self again, and it will be another year before this can be so. Half of the accommodation here is still occupied'by tlie Ministry of Munitions. Of the delicate nature of the task of protecting tlie national art treasures during the war the authorities' speak witli pride, and declare tliat not one picture was scratched or. damaeed in any way, and' not one of tlie historic treasures from tlie museum was' broken.
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NATIONAL TREASURES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9581, 8 April 1919
NATIONAL TREASURES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9581, 8 April 1919
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