Reference numberNLB/19/360
Alternative reference numberNLB/19 p202-207
TitleCopy letter, clause and list of bills from Arthur William Rucker, to the Secretary, Her Majesty's Office of Works and Public Buildings, S.W.
Date23 August 1899
DescriptionPresumes the Secretary has already received from the Treasury a copy of the enclosed clause for the protection of Government Observatories which was approved by the Chairmen of the Committees of the House of Lords and Commons respectively. Has been informed by Sir Courtenay Boyle that the Clause has been introduced into the bills of which a list is subjoined [lists 10 bill titles]. The Treasury have also informed Rucker that the Clause is to supersede the Kew Clause in the Act of 1898 of the London United Tramways Company.

Rucker and Professor [John] Perry acted as inspectors on behalf of the Office of Woks of the electrical arrangements which the London United Tramways Company proposed to use in their lines near to the Kew Observatory. As that Clause is not superseded, Rucker ventures to suggest the Office of Works should formally enquire of the London United Tramways Company whether they intend to carry out the construction of their lines authorized in 1898 and 1899, in accordance with the scheme approved by Perry and Rucker, and if not in what parts of the line the scheme is to be departed from. If departures are contemplated it will be necessary, if the Kew Observatory is to be protected, to bring the matter before the Board of Trade, in accordance with the new Clause forwarded herewith.

Three Government Departments are interested in the protection of Observatories and Laboratories: the Office of Woks on behalf of the Kew Observatory and Government Chemical Laboratory, Admiralty on behalf of Greenwich Observatory, and the Science and Art Department on behalf of the Royal College of Science. Many electrical railways may effect the interests of all three departments and it is desirable that instead of taking independent action in each case, they should act in common. Sir Boyle has suggested the three departments should agree to appoint one official and one scientific adviser with whom the Board of Trade might communicate.

Suggests the Departments concerned come to an early agreement as to whether they propose to act independently or in common.

It is desirable action should be taken early enough to ensure that the right of appeal to the Board of Trade is not affected by the Companies having already got to work and possibly entered into contracts because no appeal was lodged.
Physical descriptionTypescript
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
NA6673Rucker; Sir; Arthur William (1848 - 1915)1848 - 1915
Add to My Items

    Collection highlights

    Browse the records of some of our collections, which cover all branches of science and date from the 12th century onwards. These include the published works of Fellows of the Royal Society, personal papers of eminent scientists, letters and manuscripts sent to the Society or presented at meetings, and administrative records documenting the Society's activities since our foundation in 1660.

    The Royal Society

    The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of
    the world's most eminent scientists and is the
    oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
    Registered charity number 207043

    Website design ©CalmView


    + 44 207 451 2500
    (Lines open Mon-Fri, 9:00-17:00. Excludes bank holidays)

    6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

    Email Us →


    Subscribe to our newsletters to be updated with the
    latest news on innovation, events, articles and reports.

    Subscribe →

    © CalmView