Volunteers Spring Meeting

500_Spring MeetingOn 24th February the museum held its annual Volunteers Spring Meeting. The meeting was well attended and chaired by museum director Stuart Burroughs.

We discussed upcoming events, like the Clarks exhibition and the volunteers summer outing, as well as the important work done by volunteers through the year.

As it was a volunteer’s birthday the meeting closed with cake for everyone present. The director suggested that whoever had a birthday on the day of a Volunteers Meeting should be accorded the same privilege in the future.

Global Fame

We have recently welcomed Mr Dave Smithson who visited the Museum from New Zealand. Mr Smithson is the world’s leading authority on soda water siphons and not only has a large collection but is writing the definitive study on soda water siphons. Not only was Mr Smithson impressed by our collection of siphons and literature (in the Bowler Collection archives) but made some suggestions as to how we might better present these items. As far as he is aware there is no other collection of a mineral water making factory on public display anywhere else, and he has travelled the world investigating soft drinks making equipment and accessories.

“You will not find anything else like this anywhere on earth!”

He said ‘This collection is unique, I’ve never seen anything like it both in terms of volume – you’ve almost 400 siphons for example – and quality. The Bowler Collection contains some of the rarest and oldest siphons in existence anywhere and the collection of documents is priceless. You will not find anything else like this anywhere on earth!’ I suspect we are all aware of how precious the Bowler Collection is but it is always a delight to have it confirmed!