There can be few sponsors with the clout of Vivien Duffield. She has a personal foundation and access to the Clore Foundation set up by her father. She also has mighty friends. So the people who wanted to build a museum that would introduce children to technology were on the right path when they approached her - and lucky.
She liked the idea and took it to her longtime, close friend Jocelyn Stevens, Rector of the Royal College of Art. She then moved from royal colleges to royalty. The Prince and Princess of Wales became joint patrons, with a small proviso from the Prince, who is President of Business in the Community. He wanted the museum outside the South East so the original site in London's Coin Street was changed to a 12-acre site in Halifax. It opens in summer 1992. Another £5 million is needed to add to the original £5 million stake from Vivien herself. Already she has secured an anonymous donation of £500,000 from a friend. No one doubts all will be well.
Contributions to the project include a bathroom from Spring Ram and a house, unsurprisingly, from the Halifax, presumably without attendant mortgage. There will also be an original contribution from Jocelyn Stevens - a dragon, in fact a disguised fire escape.
The museum name will commemorate that well-known bather and scientist Archimedes and echo the reaction of those well-meaning people who went to Vivien Duffield in the first place: Eureka.