Time to pack up and go.

It’s been a busy week for volunteers and trustees of Bath’s medical Museum which has had to find a new home following the sale of the historic Mineral Water Hospital.

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Stephen Dunning, Manager of Bath Medical Museum, wrapping up an old photographic print. All photos courtesy of Paul Thomas.

The Min has moved to a newly-built facility at the RUH but its original home – the Georgian-built General Hospital – is going to become a luxury hotel.

I’ve reported elsewhere that the Museum of Bath at Work is going to receive the huge tavern clock that hung in the lobby entrance.

Taking down the tavern clock.

Many other artefacts are going to Great Pulteney Street to the house next door to the Pulteney Street Practice where – l am told –  once things are settled people will be able to view items by appointment.

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The now defunct entrance to the chapel which housed Bath Medical Museum.

My thanks to museum supporter Paul Thomas for the images he has provided of the removal operation underway.

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Artefacts waiting to be wrapped or stored.

Paul says:

“Hetty du Pays – who is Art and Design Manager at the RUH –  and Stephen Dunning – Manager of the Bath Medical Museum – supervised the removal of the remaining artefacts from Bath Medical Museum at The Min.

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Hetty du Pays dusting the Ralph Allen bust.

First to be packed away was the old clock.

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Laying out the clock in preparation for wrapping and removal.

The expert museum removals team discovered that the Ralph Allen bust was securely fixed to its black marble plinth and was far to heavy to be man-handled, so that particular piece will have to wait until appropriate lifting gear can be brought in.

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Checking the Ralph Allen bust.

Some of the items have been taken to the RUH. Others to the Great Pulteney Street practice and more items have been temporarily removed to a storage facility out of Bath.” 

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Stephen Dunning, BMM Manager, finishes packing smaller items into boxes.

A reminder to you all that the medical Museum is also trying to develop its web-site and wants to have contact with all those people with a memory of the old Min – and that includes photographs or artefacts.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer to help or find out more should contact
or go to the website at:
Meanwhile, its fingers crossed that, someday soon, a proper home can be found for this fascinating and important collection.