I have been trying to follow up on this since BCL was made aware of the "harvesting" of stals. recorded in Peter Binns' Diaries. This is also substantiated by notes in Longbottom's diaries for the same period and he also referred to seeing Simpson "at his house, Cragdale". It wasn't, of course, "Simpson's house", it was the BSA HQ and Simpson was living there at the start of the War but it had to be relinquished as there wasn't sufficient money coming in to pay the rent and Simpon moved to live in smaller premises nearby in Settle.
The mystery of what happened to all the stals. Simpson was collecting remains. Mary Wilde, our Librarian, has done a search in connection with the collections in the Sheffield museums as there was a thought that they might have ended up there along with Puttrell's geological collection from the Peak District. So far she's drawn a blank but is continuing to follow this up. It's not as if they were small items either - one "mite" at least
was said to be 4 ft. long - so this would not have fitted into the small display cases shown in the photo of the BSA exhibition at Buxton (the photo is in the Binns Archive). They certainly weren't left behind in Settle after Simpson died and there seems to be no record of anyone seeing them in the later years of his reign at BSA, so I'm beginning to wonder if he sold them to defray his expenses during or immediately after the War.
Reading the two diaries it is clear that there was a very considerable quantity of stal. and some of it was in quite large chunks so it would be strange if, after all that effort, they were just dumped. They were probably on display at Cragdale originally as it was intended to be a museum, at least in part. Once Cragdale had been relinquished there would have been nowhere for Simpson to keep them in the smaller premises he moved into.
So we'll keep checking museums where the collection might have ended up to see if it's possible to locate the items, or at least find out what happened to them.