Rev Dr Richard L Hills MBE

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In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word, be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage - with patience and careful instruction.

The time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

2 Timothy 4:1-2, 6b-8

A life well lived

We're sure that most of you will know by now of the death of our friend and honorary curate, Richard Hills. His funeral was held at St. Michael's, on Tuesday 4th June at 12.30pm, followed by committal at Dukinfield Crematorium
at 2pm.

We ask for your prayers for those he leaves behind, especially his stepdaughters Alison and Gill, and nephew Stephen. In the pictures below, you'll see him with his late wife Bernice, receiving his Medal of Honour from Manchester University; his MBE for services to industrial heritage; the cover of his autobiography, The Seven Ages of One Man; and at the Museum of Science and Industry talking to a special visitor.

For those of you that did not know him too well, Richard was - amongst many other things - a writer, historian, and Anglican priest. He'll be remembered for his love and friendship, for his service to Mottram Parish Church, for his contribution to the history of technology in this country and across the world, and for his steadfast faith. A major achievement of his was being the founding curator of the world famous Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. You can read their tribute to him below.

The Science and Industry Museum is deeply saddened to hear of the loss of the Rev Dr Richard L. Hills MBE.

Richard was the founding curator of the Science and Industry Museum (originally the North Western Museum of Science and Industry). Initially working in the History of Science and Technology Department at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, he led the museum’s early collecting and – soon afterwards – its first displays, opened in Oddfellows Hall on Grosvenor Street in October 1969.

Richard’s drive and ambition over the museum’s first decade of operation saw it outgrow its original home. The move to the current Liverpool Rd site in 1983 gave him the opportunity to set out the huge working engines of our Power Hall where his legacy remains today. Following his departure from the museum Richard continued to write, think, campaign and enthuse around the history of technology and we are indebted to him for detailing the history of the museum in his invaluable reminiscences.