I received an email copy of a press statement at 14:10 on Thursday afternoon. It appeared to be genuine but there was no reference to it on the Museum's web site and no explanatory note or context statement so I thought it may well be a hoax.
On Friday morning I received confirmation of this report from a reliable source.
This was my initial reaction.
"This exciting news has the potential to be as transformational for the Museum as the track extension and job creation in the late 1970s. It could transform a moribund and slowly declining specialist museum into a 'must see' attraction. The reaction of the present lacklustre Board will almost certainly be to say no."
At 22:10 I received a copy of the correct press release and a briefing note with a request that these are published and the old one removed. This I did at 8:00 on Saturday morning.
"I also appreciate that it could be a disaster if after fifty years of hard work the Museum is compromised or destroyed by unscrupulous developers. We must find out more about the developers and their plans and then consider them carefully. Doing nothing and pretending that the outside world doesn't exist is not an option."