11 JUNE 1937, Page 42


CHATHAM HOUSE By Stephen King-Hall

Having undertaken to raise an endow- ment fund for that very valuable institu- tion, Chatham House, Commander Stephen King-Hall, instead of sending out an appeal circular, very ingeniously writes a book-on Chatham House, to be sold (Oxford University Press) at 5s.

He probably knows what he is doing. Chatham ,House has already made suffi- cient history in a quiet way to give its activities a genuine publicity value. Springing directly from the Peace Con- ference, where the need for an Institu- tion where plain facts about foreign affairs should be acquired and co-ordin- ated with the accuracy and objectivity of the scientist's laboratory was glaringly demonstrated, it has not only established for itself a unique position as the only centre in the United Kingdom where information of this character about foreign affairs can be obtained by public men, City men journalists, education- ists and others in legitimate search of it, but has also given birth to similar bodies in practically all the British Dominions. Commander King-Hall, who has been associated with Chatham House in various capacities for eight years, tells its -story succinctly, suggestively and readably.