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Dear Ms Willows, I am a very proud member of Brooklands. It is a fantastic club with so many people giving their time to support it in so many ways. What I cannot understand, however, is the fact that you allow a tobacco company to place a full page advertisement in the magazine. I hardly need to elaborate on the fact that tobacco companies are responsible for the early death and suffering of millions of people world-wide. I would like to know why you allow this advertisement in your magazine? Your response would be very much appreciated.


Yours faithfully, R S De Boise, via e-mail Editors’ note: We totally understand your concerns but, as you probably know, the Museum exists because of an agreement made in 1984 by JTI’s predecessor (Gallaher – also a tobacco company) which set aside land on a long lease for its creation. JTI subsequently gifted the freehold of the site to the Brooklands Trust in 2010. The advertising that JTI runs in the Bulletin provides income to help pay for the magazine and specifically does not promote any of its brands. It has been cleared by the Advertising Standards Authority.


Neglected Banking Dear Chris, I had to collect a letter from the Royal Mail depot in Byfleet last week and noticed that the Track at this point is in very poor condition with mature trees growing and little evidence of any maintenance. This continues around the section of Track behind Luxford’s depot and Menzies’, before becoming clear and well maintained. Although this is outside of the Brooklands Museum site, it is still an historic piece of the original Track and ought to be cared for. Who owns and is responsible for this portion of the Track and can efforts be made to remove the trees and undergrowth before the area reaches the point where it cannot be recovered? I am sure that some Brooklands Trust Members would be willing to form a working party to look after this area and try to restore the Track.


Yours sincerely, Richard Luff, via e-mail Editors’ note: The Museum has been active in drawing up the Brooklands Conservation Management Plan, in co-operation with Elmbridge Borough Council, and, as reported in the last


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Bulletin, a grant from Historic England has enabled contractors to be deployed to clear undergrowth from neglected sections of the Byfleet Banking. There is more on this in the Estates and Heritage report in the Updates section of this Bulletin.


Archives? Dear Sirs, It would be good to have some news of what is happening regarding storage and access to the Museum’s archives now that the new facilities have been completed.


Regards, Terry Wright, Australia John Pulford, Head of Collections and Interpretation, responds: The move of archive material and objects from the old store to the new archive store will be going on for some time to come. However, all research enquiries are welcome and access to records etc can arranged by contacting the Curatorial Office. The Clubhouse Library can be visited by prior appoint- ment so that a member of staff or research volunteer can assist with enquiries. In the short term, due to changes taking place in the Curatorial Office, there may be some delays in responding to some enquiries, and we apologise for any instances where this occurs.


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