Before the fire at the Ramsgate library in 2004 the library held a collection of pot lids similar to this one that was once a private collection donated to the town. Like most items held in local government collections you will find that the vast majority were given to the town collection by a benefactor.
Some Town's , like Margate have had generous benefactors in the past like Dr Arthur Rowe whose bequest built the basis of the fine collection we see today. In 1933 the Borough of Margate collection of art, prints and illustrations stood at 9,539 . Ramsgate has never been a recipient of such generosity and this explains why Ramsgate has very little in the way of art, prints and illustrations in local government collections.