RCSEd Launches Heritage Society
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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is delighted to have today (31 October 2012) launched the RCSEd Heritage Society.
"Our Fellows and Members are rightly proud of our long history, which builds on the legacy of our predecessors. Many have expressed and demonstrated a keen interest in helping to secure that legacy for future generations. With this in mind, RCSEd Council has taken the decision to establish a Heritage Society in order to support the ongoing work of the College.
"This initiative has been developed to enable our membership to support the work of the College in the areas of Heritage, Research and Education. Membership of the Heritage Society is through donation only and entry to the Society will fall into four categories: Guardian, Benefactor, Member and Friend.
"RCSEd has ambitious plans to develop the existing Museum and its internationally-important collections and it is this activity which will initially be supported by the Heritage Society. This £4.2m project will transform the experience and access for our 30,000 worldwide visitors each year. We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has recently given initial support for the project which would see it contribute up to £2.6m if our detailed Stage 2 bid is successful.
"A key element of HLF's continued support will be our ability to demonstrate that we have secured the balance of the funding of £1.6m to reach the total cost of the project. External support is critical in achieving this and will allow us to develop exciting plans for the museum: transforming the site from a specialist surgical museum into a broader museum of medical history and providing visitors from across the world with a vastly improved experience.
"This project represents a tremendous opportunity for the College and everyone who is part of it and I do hope that you will join me in becoming a member of the Society. Information about how you can do this, along with further information about the Heritage Society itself and our plans to develop the Museum, can be found on the Heritage Society pages of our website."
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