35_3651_SpeechInWagon

First public opening of the museum, 1955

During the opening of the museum’s first public galleries in 1955, speeches were delivered from a wagon in the museum’s collection. Dignitaries invited to sit and speak from the wagon included (left to right): Ernest Smith (University Registrar), John Wolfenden (University Vice-Chancellor), Keith Murray (Chairman of the University Grants Committee), Viscount Templewood (University Chancellor), Leigh Ashton (Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum), and Edgar Thomas (Professor of Agricultural Economics) who had been instrumental in founding the Museum. This particualr image comes from a print of negative number MERL 35/3651.