On Thursday 31st of January we received the very sad news that our dear friend and colleague Bernard Glicksman had passed away the day before in Oslo.
It was such a shock to us all here at the museum because Bernard always seemed so full of life and took such an interest in so many things. Bernard began volunteering here in March 2016, and over the last 3 years he became a crucial member of our team, helping out with the Front of House and also writing and delivering a series of very erudite and popular public talks.
Bernard was extremely well-read and intelligent, yet he always wore his learning lightly, and his studiousness was tempered by an impish sense of humour.
Bernard was also a very humble man who had a curiosity about the world and a concern for other people which made him a delight to work with, whether in delivering a talk to a group of fascinated visitors, or over a glass of wine whilst discussing Freud’s ‘Dora’ case at our Freud Museum reading group.
To judge by the number of people who attended his funeral it is clear that the Freud Museum was just one small part of Bernard’s life, and that there were a great many people who were touched by his warm, kind and approachable manner.
We will all miss him very dearly, and our thoughts go out to his sister Barbara and his family and friends.