IT’S the end of an era in St Ives as Norris Museum curator Bob Burn-Murdoch plans to retire after more than 30 years in the role.

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He admitted when he started at the St Ives museum he didn’t know much about St Ives and joked that he expected to get sacked after a fortnight!

He told The Hunts Post: “I came from Cambridge and I didn’t know much about Huntingdonshire despite being from the county. I certainly didn’t think I’d last this long – I thought I’d get sacked for my incompetence but they’re only finding out about it now!

“The museum has changed a lot over the years. Chris Morris was the first professional curator, and he took the first steps of a very long journey, taking over from the volunteers who ran it beforehand.

“Along with the help of the friends of the museum and volunteers, I have been able to continue in his footsteps.

“There are too many exhibitions and artefacts to pick a favourite but one of the best experiences has to be in 1981, soon after I arrived. Archeologists were digging at the site of the priory and found the remains of a Roman villa, which almost certainly means that the bones of St Ivo, discovered in 1001, were not of a Persian bishop but a Roman, and shows the history of the town.”

He added: “It’s been a wonderful time, educating everyone and answering all the questions from people over the years, and I will miss it.”

Mr Burn-Murdoch, pictured left, will call time on his career when he turns 60 at the end of the year, and interviews are being held next week for his successor.

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