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National Maritime Museum Act 1934

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1Establishment of National Maritime Museum and addition to Greenwich Park

(1)There shall be established a National Maritime Museum (in this Act referred to as " the Museum "), and, subject to the provisions of this Act, the buildings on the land vested by virtue of this Act in the Commissioners of Works shall be used for the purposes of the Museum.

(2)The land specified in the First Schedule to this Act (being land which immediately before the commencement of this Act was vested in the Admiralty in trust for His Majesty for the exclusive benefit of Greenwich Hospital) shall, by virtue of this Act, vest in the Commissioners of Works and shall be under their control and management as part of Greenwich Park.

(3)The Commissioners of Works shall make such alterations as may be necessary to adapt any buildings on the land aforesaid for use for the purposes of the Museum and for those purposes shall have power from time to time to reconstruct any such buildings or to demolish such buildings and construct new buildings, and the said Commissioners shall at all times maintain any buildings on the said land in a proper condition for the said purposes.

(4)If at any time the Commissioners of Works by order declare that the buildings on the said land have ceased to be used for the purposes of the Museum, the said land shall thereupon revert to the Admiralty and shall be held by them in trust for His Majesty for the exclusive benefit of Greenwich Hospital in like manner as if this Act had not been passed.

(5)Nothing in the foregoing provisions of this section shall authorise the demolition of the ancient monument consisting of the Queen's House and the colonnades on the east and west sides thereof, and the use for the purposes of the Museum of any buildings forming part of that monument shall be subject to any directions given by the Commissioners in their capacity as guardians thereof.

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