The Museum is there to reflect, commemorate and curate the history of the school in as wide and inclusive way as possible, to reflect past and current histories of this great institution, as well as to create interest for currect activities that happen at school.
It is interesting to compare the Museum, then and now. Going through the school magazine of 125 years ago, the following was published: "The Curator acknowledges with thanks the receipt of the following donations to the Museum:- Smithsonian Report for 1885, parts I and II; Smithsonian Report for 1886, parts I and II; Bulletin, U.S. National Museum, No. 24; Bulletin U.S. National Museum, No. 34, presented by the Rev G. H. Fisk. Two painted snipe (male and young one) and one hawk, presented by R.E. Dumbleton; Stuffed jackal's head and 1 lukevan, presented by R.W. Steyn."
One imagines the nature of the Museum then being more a place of Natural History collections. It is Professor J.L.B. Smith (OD) who somewhere remarked that it was the room in Founders House (then, the College) where artefacts and other exhibits were stored that inspired him in the field of natural science. Professor Smith is the person who in 1938 identified the Coelacanth, the 300 million-year old fish that was thought to have been extinct around 66 million years ago, until one was discovered off the East coast of South Africa.
Visitors to the Museum are most welcome - please contact the Curator Paul Murray at 0835159526 or email him at [email protected]
; the hours are 0800 - 1400 Mondays to Fridays.
There was recently a drive to make the community aware of some of the local schools' Museums, including Bishops, Springfield, Rondebosch Boys' and SACS - and great work is being done to extend this awareness and activity, to include other schools such as WPPS.
An advertisement of these Museums including the Bishops Museum, appeared in the latest edition of 'The Tatler'.