It was with much sadness that in May 2023, we shared news that Bob Draper, one of BRLSI’s most loved and valued volunteers and the House Manager at BRLSI for many years, died. Bob was the face of BRLSI to countless visitors and members for nearly thirty years. His kindness, warmth, humour, fervent sense of curiosity, and belief that culture was for the many and not the few are values that he has instilled in BRLSI forever. It was for a lifetime of dedication to BRLSI that Bob was awarded the MBE for services to the Institution in the New Year’s Eve Honours list in 2005.
But if there is a time for sorrow there is also a time for joy, and we know that like us, many of you will want to keep celebrating Bob’s achievements and influence over BRLSI for a long time to come. This online celebration of Bob is a way for us to keep cherishing Bob’s memory and is intended to represent just a tiny fraction of the characteristics and qualities that made Bob so special to us all.