It is with great sadness that we share the news about the passing of Ian Picton Robinson, Curator of Market Drayton Museum and Custodian of its collections for over 12 years.

For those who visited the museum and knew Ian, you will remember him for his passion and wide knowledge of the history and heritage of Market Drayton as well as Robert Clive ‘Clive of India’.

Ian was a great supporter of the Ginger & Spice Festival. Ever since our inaugural event in 2017, Ian opened the museum especially for each festival and the heritage trail, so festival goers could enjoy and learn about the town. Ian helped us greatly over the years in accessing information and stories, and he even starred in his own episode of our Spice Larder Podcast on Clive of India.

We very much enjoyed Ian’s company and we will miss him greatly, especially his take on Robert Clive – he had read all the biographies with his favourite being that of Mark Bence-Jones.

Our sincere condolences to Ian’s wife and family at this extremely sad time. Ian’s family have asked that any donations made in Ian’s memory are to the Market Drayton Museum and Resource Centre.

If you would like to make a donation in Ian’s memory, you can do so via or phone 07920 553416 or via Market Drayton Museum and Resource Centre, 53 Shropshire Street, Market Drayton, TF9 3DA.