A statement from Head of Royal Pavilion & Museums Janita Bagshawe:
“I am deeply saddened by the death of Professor Julian Crampton CBE DL who was a key member of the Royal Pavilion & Museums family as a trustee and the chairman of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation. Julian was a wonderful supporter and advocate of our work at the RPM and gave so much of his time and energy to supporting our work. He became a trustee in 2006 and was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees in May 2012.
As chairman of the RPM Foundation, Julian steered a number of significant fundraising projects. He was involved in the purchase of many important items for the museums’ collection, including King George IV’s only surviving grand piano and a watercolour by JMW Turner.
He was also a great supporter of our recent projects including the magnificent restoration of the Saloon in the Royal Pavilion, the purchase of a Spencer Gore painting The West Pier, Brighton on behalf of the Fine Art Collection and a project for learning-disabled adults. His passion, dedication and commitment to securing a sustainable future for the RPM has been vital in the planning to move the service to a charitable trust which will happen next year.
Julian was always so friendly to everyone and interested in the work we do and gave his time with great enthusiasm and enjoyment. He will be greatly missed by staff at the Royal Pavilion & Museums and my thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Alan Robins, chair of BHCC’s Tourism, Development & Culture committee said: “I had the highest regard for Julian and I’m so sad to hear that he’s no longer with us, my thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues. Julian was a kind and inspirational gentleman who I have had the pleasure of working with on the formation of the Royal Pavilion & Museum’s new Trust. He worked always with the best interests of the city at heart, with consideration for our staff and residents and has been instrumental in moving the project forward to the positive position we’re now in. His legacy will continue through this work and in time, will be a fitting tribute to honour his memory.”