Rose’s laboratory legacy for Kilmartin
PLANS for a state-ofthe-art Kilmartin Museum have been given a big boost thanks to the legacy of a remarkable woman with a passion for archaeology.
As part of the museum’s redevelopment project, donors have the opportunity to leave a lasting mark on the new facility, either with a bronze plaque inscribed with the name of their choice, or the chance to name one of the new rooms.
Thanks to the family of Dr Rose Whitelaw, a new laboratory - to be located on the lower ground floor along with the learning space and the main collections store - will be known as the Rose Whitelaw Laboratory.
Rose Whitelaw was born in Scotland in 1923. She studied medicine at Birmingham University and spent most of her working life as a consultant radiologist at Derby Royal Infirmary, retiring in 1983.
Rose had harboured a life-long interest in archaeology and after retiring, undertook a bachelor’s degree in the subject at the University of Nottingham. This was followed by research on Unstan bowls, a prehistoric artefact found on Orkney, and the production of a thesis for which she was awarded a MPhil in 2003 at the impressive age of 80.
Having lived a full and fascinating life, Rose passed away in 2013. With no immediate family, her legacy was shared among various nieces, nephews and their children.
To honour her aunt’s passion for archaeology, Pat Banfill (Rose’s niece) and her husband Phil decided to donate £30,000 to Kilmartin Museum for the creation of the Rose Whitelaw Laboratory, along with a copy of Rose’s MPhil thesis, which can be found in the Marion Campbell Library at the museum.
Kilmartin Museum’s redevelopment project officer Meg Haig said: ‘All the staff and trustees of Kilmartin Museum would like to extend their gratitude to Professor and Mrs Banfill for their very generous gift, and are thrilled to dedicate the laboratory to Rose.’
Dr Rose Whitelaw had a life-long love of archaeology, receiving her doctorate when she was 80.