The Launch took place on the steps of Guildhall, as, along with Ali and Luca, from Bath’s Natural Theatre Company, and period-costumed members of the Museum’s team, we accepted the first two £50 subscriptions from Vice Admiral, Sir Barry Wilson and his wife, Lady Wilson.
There to lend us support were Mayor of Bath, Cllr Ian Gilchrist and the Chair of B&NES, Cllr Cherry Beath.
Following the Launch we all retired to the Museum for well deserved refreshments. BMM would like to thank everyone who can to the Launch, especially our new Subscribers.
More pictures to follow.
We are pleased to announce that Dr Roger Rolls has accepted the Chairmanship of the Board of Trustees.
Other Trustees are:
Dr Roberta [Bobby] Anderson, 4 Penn Close, Wells, BA5 3JQ
Recently retired Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at BSU, Bobby has both a professional and personal interest in the development of BMM. Currently she is Project Manager for BMM.
Miss Frances Bircher, 47a Newton Road, Bath, BA2 1RW
Frances developed her interest in BMM through a work placement during her undergraduate degree at BSU. Along with Kate Lane she was the driving force for the initial development of a museum at the Min. Frances brings with her an MA in Heritage Management.
Mrs Gillian Ryan
Dr John Kirkup, MBE, Weston Hill, Weston Park East, Bath, BA1 2XA
Until 1988 John was an orthopaedic surgeon at the RUH, pioneering ankle replacement surgery. Since his retirement he has forged a second career as an author, historian and archivist of the museum at the Royal College of Surgeons.
Dr Fiona Peters, MHRG, Bath Spa University, Bath, BA2 3JQ
Fiona is a Senior Lecturer at BSU and heads up the Medical Humanities Research Group in the College of Liberal Arts.
Professor Francis Ring, FRCS, Little Orchard, 179 Ashley Lane, Winsley BA15 2HR
Francis spent most of his working life on the staff of the Min as a Consultant Clinical Scientist. He has given a number of lectures on the history of the hospital, and is concerned that the unique heritage of the Min and the medical history of Bath is not lost.
Dr Roger Rolls, Rood House, 21 Macaulay Buildings, Bath, BA2 6AT
A retired GP, Roger has a wide experience of and interest in Bath’s medical history. He has written a history of the Mineral Hospital and mounted two exhibitions relating to Bath’s medical heritage. He was secretary to the now defunct Bath and Wessex Medical History Group [1984 – 2000].
Mr Richard Gyde: Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG
Rich is Deputy Head of Fundraising for The Forever Friends Appeal.
A lot has changed since we opened our blog back in April! We’re going to try and post regularly from now on, so here’s an update on what’s been happening recently.
Some of the BMM team at a recent event.
Our team has expanded!
Over the last few months, we have welcomed lots of new members to our team, from researchers and supporters to museum guides and trustees. A special welcome to our new Bath Spa Humanities at Work students, Adele, Megan, Joanna, and Warren, who we look forward to working with over the next academic year.
We’ve redesigned our displays and object labels.
Our previous displays had been in place since 2012. They have been brilliant for the last four years but they were looking very tired and it was time for a change. Our new displays have our brand new BMM colours on, and we have a new area in the museum dedicated to our Hospital Casebook.
Our new displays are printed on A3 paper and aren’t a permanent solution. Going forward (subject to funding!) we would like to develop these into large graphic panels, but for now we are very pleased with them! Come and have a look – we’re still open Monday and Wednesday 14.00-16.00, and Friday 10.00-12.00.
What’s coming up?
There’s lots going on behind the scenes at BMM which hopefully we will be able to share with you soon. In the mean time, we will be with our partners, the RUH, at their Engagement Event on Thursday 20 October at Bath Racecourse, 9.30-4.30. All welcome but booking needed – more information here.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
A wonderful local cake maker made us some BMM cupcakes.
In September we had a small BMM event, for which Minky Kitten Cakes made us some beautiful BMM cupcakes. Aren’t they
amazing? Thank you again Sarah-Jane!