The Literary and Scientific Institutions Act 1854 applies to all institutions, whether incorporated or not, for the time being1 established for the promotion of science2, literature, the fine arts, for adult instruction, the diffusion of useful knowledge, the foundation or maintenance of libraries3 or reading rooms for general use among the members or open to the public, of public museums and galleries of paintings and other works of art, collections of natural history, mechanical and philosophical inventions, instruments or designs
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