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Painting of Thomas Bateman and son
Thomas William Bateman
Dates: 1852 - 1895
Biographical Account: Thomas William Bateman was the son of Derbyshire antiquarian Thomas Bateman.  After his father's death in 1861, Thomas William came into the Bateman estate and also inherited his father's archaeological and palaeontological collections.  He continued to display these at Lomberdale House, outside of Middleton, as per his father's request.  Thomas William quickly squandered much of his inherited fortune and could no longer afford to run the house as a museum.  So the Bateman collection was loaned to Weston Park Museum in 1876.  After Thomas William accrued even more debt, he decided to sell some of the collections.  This portion was purchased by Weston Park Museum in 1893.  He then found that he hadn't made enough money to settle his increasing debts and so sold off the rest of the collection to the highest bidder.  He died shortly after.
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