First to aid Bath’s Medical Museum.

What’s this?!  Another colourful demonstration by ratepayers on the steps of Bath’s Guildhall??

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Well, no –  this time the gathering is more of a celebration to mark the launch of a subscription scheme for the city’s Medical Museum – currently based at ‘The Min.’

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The Min – built 1738-42 by John Wood the Elder.

Set up to conserve artefacts – including original patients’ books and a sedan chair –  from the building’s original use as a hospital for the poor of the nation – the collection now also includes material donated from other sources.

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The sedan chair at the Mineral Water Hospital.

Bath Medical Museum is keen to establish itself – and expand – but is under threat of losing its home as the building in which it is housed has been sold for redevelopment.

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The site being prepared for the new Min – Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases – at the RUH.

Currently home to the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, the Min’s facilities will move to a new purpose-built ‘Min’ on the Royal United Hospital’s main site at Weston.

The more familiar name refers to the building’s previous history as the Mineral Water Hospital.

Monies the NHS receives for selling the old city site will be ploughed into the cost of building the new centre.

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John Wood’s plan for the hospital.

The original Grade 2 * listed building in Upper Borough Walls – designed by John Wood the Elder – was built between 1738-42.

Funds to pay for its construction it were raised through the activity of Bath’s Master of Ceremonies, Richard (Beau) Nash who opened a subscription list in 1737.

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So it was history repeating itself today as Ali and Luca – from Bath’s Natural Theatre Company – help other period-costumed members of the Medical Museum’s Trust accept the first two £50 subscriptions from Vice Admiral Sir Barry Wilson and his wife Lady Wilson … from Shaftesbury

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Ali from Bath Natural Theatre Company presenting Vice Admiral Sir Barry Wilson and his wife Lady Wilson  with their ‘subscriptions’ to Bath’s Medical Museum.

There to offer support was the Mayor of Bath, Cllr Ian Gilchrist and the Chair of B&NES, Cllr Cherry Beath.

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L to R The Chair of B&NES, Cllr Cherry Bath; Ali and Luca from Bath’s Natural Theatre Company and Judy Coles from Bath Medical Museum.

The museum’s Project Manager is Dr Roberta Anderson. She told Bath Newseum that she had written to the Min’s new owner – Mr Frank Mountain in Winchester – asking if he would consider letting them be part of any new development.

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Dr Roberta Anderson and Judy Coles from Bath Medical Museum.

If that fails they do have one or two other locations in mind but are keeping alternative venues very close to their chest at present.

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Gillian Kersley Ryan and Judy Coles from Bath Medical Museum.

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Ali – from Bath Natural Theatre Company -reading out the terms of the subscription.

The Medical Museum is open on Mondays from 2pm to 4pm, Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm and Fridays 10 am to 12 noon.

It’s the place to take your donations if you want to subscribe – or you can send a cheque to the Museum c/o RNHRD, Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RL

If you want to find out more about Bath’s Medical Museum go to http://www.bathmedicalmuseum.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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