Rose’s lab­o­ra­tory le­gacy for Kil­martin

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS - Colin Cameron ed­i­tor@ar­gyll­shiread­ver­

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.

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