I found it so pleasing to read in today's Isle of Thanet Gazette (13/08/10) that the Museum at Bleak House Broadstairs is to reopen. Following the series of set backs local heritage has taken over the past few years with the dithering over the Ramsgate Maritime Museum, the closures of the Margate Museum and Margate caves, this has to be good news.
Another venue that is looking good at the moment is the Coach House at Northdown Park. Recently I had the privilege to have a look at the progress being made at the Coach House. Even though progress at the Coach House is moving forward slowly there is every potential that like Bleak House the Coach House can certainly be a centre of excellence. I must admit when I had a look around at the Coach House I could almost taste the history as the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and my first thought was this is Old England nothing artificial, nothing reinvented this is the real thing. There is plenty of space at ground level and the interior is well preserved and is not derelict, it just needs a bit of maintenance and a lick of paint. The coach that will be the focal point of the museum will look magnificent when the conservation is completed.
Overall if allowed to be completed this venue will be a assett to the local tourism package offering a interesting amenity for both local and vistors a like.