I know for a fact that I have now opened up a cans of worms on the issue of art and artifacts under local government control. I suppose part of the case for the defence of the situation will be the fact everything has relied on inaccurate paper records, which is true. However even electronic records are not exactly fool proof and are prone to human error and like the previous paper records can led to problems. In April 2011 Ramsgate Town Council loaned 16 items from Thanet District Council, no problem there. Two years later it appears that TDC has no record of the loan through human error. I am not making any accusations against RTC but if the same happened at the RTC end and say ten years later there is a different set up at RTC the chances are ownership and provenance can be lost and TDC would not have a clue.
I should add that the error is now rectified along with the three other TDC prints in the custom house.