Recently 18 works of art were returned to the Margate Museum from the Judges Lodging in Maidstone where they have been on long term loan since 1985.
The work undertaken providing a museum service at the Margate Museum includes managing the Thanet District Council art collection from the grant EKMT receives . This is one of the pictures that has been returned and is now hanging up in the maritime room and is well worth a look. The group of 18 have been out of Thanet for 22years and it does make me wonder what the valuations must be. Overall TDC is sitting on a valuable seaside art collection , in this collection are Ramsgate prints and pictures which have rarely been on public display since local government reorganisation since 1974. Of the TDC art collection there are 16 Ramsgate maritime prints on display in the Maritime Museum, 1 in the Margate Museum. There are some in Albion house but it is not the sort of place where you can just pop in and have a look. I have approached TDC out of interest regarding the list of Ramsgate art on its books under the Freedom of Information act in the past. But due to data protection this was denied. I understand through a written reply that money from the priority improvement fund is avaible for a new data base of the TDC art collection. Strange that TDC can propose to cut a grant that provides a service and then finds money elsewhere thats funds the service it is cutting.