Museum News 

Number of Visitors Up
Over 15,000 visitors entered the Isles of Scilly Museum during the season which has just ended. From now until the end of March the Museum will only be open on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Arrangements can always be made with the Honorary Secretary for visiting groups or off-islanders who wish to visit on a shopping day. 

As an experiment the Trustees offered free admission to anyone on the afternoon of Sunday 4th October. It was thought that this would provide an opportunity for locals who were working all week to see the Education on Scilly Exhibition. It could be that the weather helped (it was overcast and wet), but we were surprised to find that 141 people took advantage of the offer, of whom it was thought there were 48 locals. Donations to the Museum totalled over £52. It is likely that the experiment will be repeated next year.

Well Travelled Visitor
A more unusual visitor was observed near Porthcressa on Saturday 17th October. This was a Monarch or Milkweed butterfly (Danaus plexippus) with a wing span of 41/4 inches or 105 millimetres. Although they are known in Africa, Southern Spain and the Canary Islands, it is likely that this one was blown across the Atlantic in a storm. They regularly migrate 3000 miles from Canada to Mexico and vice-versa. They have been recorded in the islands in the 1930s and again in 1993 and 1995. One of the very early specimens is in a glass case in the Museum and this enabled many bird watchers and locals to check its identity.


New Artefacts & Photographs
The Trustees are grateful to the many people who give artefacts and pictures to the Museum. This month’s collection has included a silver-plated soup ladle rescued from the Minnehaha in 1910 and some photographs of the late Sam Rogers, once a blacksmith on St. Mary’s and his sisters, including the well known Lizzie Rogers, for a long time a schoolmistress at the old Carn Thomas school.

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