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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 268 No 7185 p209-212
16 February 2002

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Council decision explained

From Mr P. A. Roberts, MRPharmS

Following the recent publication of letters in The Journal all opposing the closure of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's museum I was somewhat overjoyed to read in The Journal (15 December 2001, p870) of the commitment of the Council to the museum and the adoption of a way forward.

I cannot have read my Journal properly for I thought that the museum had been saved. I therefore decided to visit the museum in early January. I was surprised to hear from the museum on 3 January, in response to an enquiry, that it would be closed from 4 January 2002. I was, however, informed that some displays would still be in place. Upon arriving at the Society's headquarters on 8 January there was a scene of chaos in the foyer. Pieces of packing material lay all around. I was allowed to visit the display cabinets on the mezzanine floor but the museum itself was completely out of bounds and it would appear that all the exhibits, including those on the mezzanine floor, were being packed up and placed in storage in another building some distance away.

In the recent announcement in The Journal of 15 December it said that the Council had accepted a recommendation that would enable the museum to remain formally constituted, managed by professional staff, that the museum would retain registered status and that it would continue under professional curatorship with the support, the Society hoped, of volunteers.

It is stated that members will have access to displays but it looked to me the other day that there would be little or nothing left. In the words of Laurel and Hardy, what a fine mess we have got into.

Paul Roberts


BEVERLEY PARKIN, director of public affairs, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, replies:

The Council agreed that the museum would continue to operate and be professionally looked after in such a way as to retain its registered status and maintain an educational resource. It also agreed that displays would continue to be available for members and their guests to view. The decision is being implemented. However, owing to imminent redecoration of the foyer and mezzanine areas, the museum displays there have been temporarily removed for safekeeping. The museum was closed to the public from 5 January.


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