The Nuttall Encyclopedia
South Kensington, founded by the exertions of the Prince of Wales in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's jubilee, was opened by her in 1893; was intended to include a complete collection of the products of the British Empire, a grand commercial intelligence bureau, and a school of modern Oriental languages; the government to be carried on by a chartered body, whose form of constitution was granted by a royal warrant of date April 21,1891; the idea is for the present abandoned, and the premises appropriated as henceforth the seat of the London University.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Imperial Institute'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/i/imperial-institute.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.