When Roy Ford became the Mayor of Margate in 1998 this led to many changes on how the Margate Charter Trustees worked. One of the changes was image, especially the hospitality offered to visiting dignitaries. So the whole decor of the Mayors parlour was changed along with the office layout.
This soon led to a complete audit and sort out of all assets held by the Margate Charter Trustees. The downstairs vault that had a become a convenient store for the unloved and unwanted items was cleared out . Amongst all the items "discovered" in the vault was a print titled "Margate from the Dane" circa 1850. The print showed all the signs of neglect and had damp stains. There was no list number or any other identification that could establish its provenance. I even checked with the Margate Museum and they drew a blank.
The good thing was that the Charter Trustees fell in love with the print and decided to have it restored and re framed. I cannot remember who did the restoration but end result was truly amazing. The rescued print now hangs on the wall in the Mayors parlour and is one of the many prints that is admired by visitors.
Using Margate Historical Society archives I was soon to establish that this print was part of the Rowe bequest.
Now considering that the Rowe bequest was bequeathed to the Borough of Margate and was transferred to the ownership of Kent County Council and Thanet District Council in 1974. The question I ask is how can such print be missing from any audit when both authorities should have an audit list of all the items they acquired from the Rowe bequest.
Lets face it , if this item can just disappear from the Rowe bequest it does raise the question how many items have suffered the same fate in the past.