Future of our museums

Inevitable Museums were the subject of the first meeting of the NHDC s Art, Culture and Heritage Forum reported in their magazine Contact. It was packed, despite the 6.30pm starting time which excluded many. What should be reported is that only six of the

Inevitable Museums were the subject of the first meeting of the NHDC's Art, Culture and Heritage Forum reported in their magazine Contact. It was packed, despite the 6.30pm starting time which excluded many.

What should be reported is that only six of the whole meeting voted in favour of a district-wide museum to replace those of Hitchin and Letchworth. People from Baldock and Royston wanted more council input into their private museums and those from Letchworth wanted to keep their council museum with its 16,000 visitors annually in addition to that of the Heritage Foundation.

Hitchin's demands were clear - they were to share the library's lift and for an extension with user's toilets shared with the library and with extra research facilities, also available for school children to assemble in and for a function room. Hitchin Museum with over 22,000 visitors a year, has enormous support and a district-wide museum somewhere, with just a corner for Hitchin has none. I welcome the council regarding refurbishment as an option.

MARY GOLDSMITH, Lindsay Avenue, Hitchin


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* I was interested to read Mr Limbrick's comments regarding the bas relief of Lord Lister in the Lister concourse. I wonder what has happened to the memorabilia I last saw in the School of Nursing way back in the early 80s when I arranged a visit for some nursing friends from America. The telegram from President Hoover was of great interest.

Would it be possible for the hospital or Hitchin Museum to exhibit? I am sure many people would find it interesting.

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MARGARET RICHMOND, Uplands Avenue, Hitchin

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