13th October 1943

Foggy again this morning, rather cold.  Up late, and did not get in until 9.30.  Poulter came in and said that Sir Gurney Benham has resigned all offices.  And so we come to the end of an epoch.  The effect on the Museum may be great, and the effect on me is not inconsiderable.  I shall certainly not take any action for the next few months, until I see whether the Committee intend to support Hull or not.  If, as Poulter says, they will support Hull wholeheartedly in every way, I shall have to resign at the end of the year.  This is so great that we do not realise what has happened.

Got in as Higham clock struck 7.  Low clouds, looks like rain.  Some planes flew out towards the north-east, and then just before 9 a few Germans came over roaring and diving behind the clouds, but nothing happened and there was no firing.

Spent the evening reading and writing.  Read a ‘tec story about New Zealand and felt a sudden interest in that country.  The position of the Maoris is most interesting.

Saw Everitt's timbering tandem, at East Bridge, with a new Suffolk horse as leader today.  This is the last builder in the town using horses.

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