When the Margate Charter Trustees donated a war time scrapbook containing newspaper cuttings and photographs collected by a former Mayor George Hoare (1940), I am sure that the donation which was minuted as a donation to the Margate Museum archive for the people of Margate to enjoy and have access to. There was never at any point the suggestion that the donation was to the East Kent Maritime Trust and I should know because I was there. The same applies to the donation of Cobb family items and rare banknotes donated by Angela Cobb to the collection, the items belonging to Bruce Fleet including his gold RNLI badge donated by his family and the Borough of Margate Police items donated by relatives of the Norris brothers or even the items donated by Ruth Tipton which were all donated to the Margate Museum collection. Even on the paperwork I received for all the donations I made over the years the name East Kent Maritime Trust does not appear on any of it so why should EKMT/SMT claim ownership?
When I was a TDC member on the joint Museums committee I raised the question about the ownership of donated items and it was agreed by all those present including EKMT representatives present that the items donated belonged to the Margate Museum collection owned by TDC.
So what did the EKMT acquire at the Museum from their own funds ? Well there is the obvious like IT equipment, office furniture, stationary including the paper clips, museum cabinets , the stock in the shop and storage equipment.
As far as the collection goes they did make some purchases of items for the collection. However, to give them credit where it is due they were responsible for building up most of the archive. This involved purchases like books, postcards, photographs, photcopying and laminated copies and all the staff time and staff training compiling the archive. I should also add that a part of the archive was the personal property of the former curator Bob Bradley which he used for reference enquiries which I understand has been returned to him. There is also a considerable donation to the archive which I made as a gift to the archive, other donations made as gifts were by Mick Twyman and other historians The only items in the Museum that does not belong to TDC or EKMT/SMT or is loan item is the Dr Alan Kay archive that was bequested by Dr Alan Kay to Suzannah Foad.