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Saturday, 8 October 2011

All hands to the pump.

Considering that this summer hasn't been all that wonderful visitor numbers to the Margate Museum are the highest on record which is an endorsement for all the efforts that have been made to revive the Old Town. Love it or loathe it the Turner Center as predicted is the catalyst to this gradual renaissance of everything cultural and artistic Margate has to offer.
The Mods and Rockers at the Museum does appear to be the reason some visitors are there. Even though I am a bit touchy on the subject history is history and as long as it goes along with the truth I will go along with it.
Last weekend a pistol was stolen from a cabinet in the war room which was forced open. The deactivated weapon was a Webley pre war issue and the police are dealing with the matter. The number of volunteers are growing with many pledging a minimum of 30 hours a year to the Museum so it is a case of all hands to the pump. On my part I have been searching far and wide for artefact's for the Museum collection of which I donate. This morning I deposited a 1961 Margate Butlins badge and some Nazi coins for the wartime cabinet into the collection. Above is a scan of more items I intend to donate to the Museum.
The Museum is now collating a library of history books and once numbering is complete the museum will have its own reference library all manned by volunteers. As mentioned in early postings the volunteer base built up by TDC to run the Museum is working very well. With more regular openings it is anticipated that there will be a flow of artefact's donated to the Museum and for anyone thinking of donating items to the Museum it must remembered that once donated the items are the property of the Margate Museum collection owned on behalf of the people by Thanet District Council.
Last night I went to the monthly first Friday event at the Marine Studios Margate to loan out for display the remaining eleven pieces of Sperm Whale bone I am licensed to own , the other forty one licensed pieces are now the property of the Monkton Natural History Museum. As many readers of my blog will know, everything I find of interest from the beaches is now held at the Marine Studios. I expect this collection to grow considerably once the Margate sea defence works get under way.
This weekend the weather is favourable for a walk to look for items over 100 years old around the designated area, all finds will be posted later in the week.

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