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Monday, 25 July 2011

Margate and Ramsgate and comic postcards.

On Sunday I visited the "I wish I could see my little Willy" exhibition of comic postcards at the Pie Factory , Broad Street , Margate in the old town, a subject of which I have considerable knowledge. For anyone who has an interest in post war seaside history and comic postcards this really is a must.
Even before I entered the building I knew many of the postcards that would be on display and to see them again was like being reunited with old friends. However, I was really impressed at the quality of the research and the fact that all the exhibits were original material. Perhaps the lasting memory I have of the exhibition is the fact that at the time some postcards that were considered too vulgar in Margate by magistrates were acceptable in Ramsgate.
The exhibition runs until 2nd August and there will be a talk on the subject of comic postcards and the law held at the Margate Museum on Saturday 30th July at 14:00 hrs.
On Saturday I did a little bit at the Margate Museum and it is very much a case of all hands to the pump. The volunteers of the Friends of the Margate Museum have been very industrious cleaning, tidying and just organising and rearranging at the Museum. On my part I returned a spoon from a paddle steamer company that was in the Maritime cabinet that was given back to me when the Museum closed a few years back. I have managed to lay my hands on some crowns for the Friends Group to sell as souvenirs in the shop once it is up and running. Plus I have some exhibits to add to the displays.
On the Ramsgate side of things where I a town councillor, my research continues on art and artefact's and on Saturday I came across a water colour of the West Pier from the East Pier on display at the Margate Museum by John Richard Davies dated 1981. Also on Saturday I came across linen backed Ordnance survey maps of Ramsgate at the Margate Museum of which I am going to supply document tubes so they can be stored properly. Finally, I have managed to get hold of an original copy
of the 1922 Ramsgate Corporation act which I will donate to the town council archives once I have read it. However, I am beginning to find that trying to obtain Ramsgate items is far harder than trying to find than anything related to Margate but I am working away slowly but surely.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

The bone collector

This morning I donated a large part of my collection of bone pieces I recovered from the Sperm Whale that was stranded at Pegwell Bay in March this year to the Monkton Natural History collection. This perhaps the only tangible evidence we have in Thanet of the stranding and it now on public display along with display material of the event. The collection was salvaged from bone fragments when the whale was cut up with chainsaws on the Pegwell Bay Hover port slipway. Some parts I have managed to identify within reason, some I have cut and shaped to emphasize the bone structure. The smaller pieces I have made into arrowheads, needles and trinkets similar to how our ancestors would have utilized from a stranding in the past.

The collection is licensed with Natural England and subject to CITIES regulations as whalebone is covered by the same legislation as wild Elephant ivory.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Grains of sand.

This interesting article appeared in the Metro on page eleven of the 6th July edition and features grains of sand magnified 250 times which is a fascinating in sight of what the microscopic world must be like around the Thanet coast. The photography is excellent as the grains have been separated and the photographer has created a work of art.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

TDC and the Friends of the Margate Museum

It is always a nice feeling to see something fall firmly into place, and last night’s meeting of the Friends of the Margate Museum did just that. Under the guidance of two TDC officers and the Mayor of Margate, the thirty two members of the friends group that attended elected a committee for the forthcoming year.

Even though these are early days I really do think that TDC has struck the right chord with this one. The volunteer friends group now includes a mixture of business, educational and museum experience including a youth input. TDC will be overseeing the running of the museum and will assist in the development of volunteers. Following on from the success of the recent opening’s of the Museum. The Museum will be manned by volunteers every Saturday from July through to September including special openings to coincide with other events in the town. By adopting a flexible approach with targeted openings with the use of volunteers, I think this is the only way forward in terms of low cost and sustainability to keep a museum presence in what is seen as the cultural part of the town for now and perhaps into the future.