It is our sad duty to announce the passing of Ian Picton-Robinson.
Ian was the Curator of Market Drayton Museum for over 10 years
We at the Civic Society first met Ian in the summer of 2009, when he visited the Museum, following a tip-off by the U3A that someone was needed to catalogue the Gower Collection. This was a large box of documents and memorabilia that Francesca Upton had collected after the demise of Gower and Sons. They were the local manufacturer of agricultural tools and equipment in Stafford Street. Carol Chapman, who was a museum steward that day, was only too happy to accept his offer.
By November he had completed the Gower Collection, and then spent the winter months completing the catalogue of the Museum Archives generally (nearly 10,000 items). After this his interest extended to the rest of Museum, and indeed the building itself, and he also began restoration work on some of the exhibits, including one of Gower’s own products.
By April 2010 he had agreed to take on a general management role for the Museum – it is probably typical of the man’s modesty that he refused to be called curator.
Although his main interest was in archives, he wholeheartedly embraced the rest of the Museum’s artefacts and exhibits (all 1000 of them) and welcomed items from a succession of donors. There are many people, including parties of schoolchildren and former Draytonians, who can attest to his enthusiasm and lively conversation about what they saw. In fact, a later visit by two clandestine assessors from The Heritage Lottery Fund (one of the Museum’s sponsors) led to him being publicly praised for just that.
For over ten years he was not only committed to the Museum and the Society, but was also friendly, kind, and considerate to all who both worked in and visited the building. He will be greatly missed, and very, very difficult to replace.
Ian’s family have asked that any donations in Ian’s memory are made to the Market Drayton Museum and Resource Centre.
If you would like to make a donation in Ian’s memory, you can obtain details by contacting Mike Higgins on 07920 553416 or email email@example.com or send to Market Drayton Museum, 53, Shropshire St, Market Drayton, TF9 3DA.
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