In today's Isle of Thanet Gazette there is some excellent coverage on the Ramsgate Maritime Museum, the Margate Museum and the Tudor House in Margate. Something I am sure would have been unthinkable four years ago.
I like the fact that the Ramsgate Maritme Museum has had record attendances and that they have really got their act together, plus I like the fact that two visitors have so much faith in the Margate Museum they have given £20,000 of their own money to allow the Museum to flourish. It is all good news.
However, it is the the progress on the Tudor House at Margate that is so pleasing and reading through the article in the Gazette it did make me smile that the fact that they are seeking European money towards restoration. Which is a completely different picture a few years ago when Mick Twyman and other historians where reminding TDC of their obligations to maintain and conserve the Tudor House.
TDC are the owners of the Tudor House and whenever they were pressed over its condition the reply was along the lines that it was a 1950's restoration and the house was a fake as they dragged their feet , which is a complete load of tosh. Yes part of the house was restored in the 1950's but a great deal of the house is original and TDC have neglected the building because of a myth. Funny that now someone on TDC has got a whiff of European money that the building has been recognized for what it is, a 16th century building. Perhaps I may be a tad cynical but I have a great belief that within TDC there are people that do know heritage and know their stuff are willing to push it which is a vast improvement from the stagnation of four years ago.