Saturday, December 08, 2007

Museum Destined To Be History

Those blighters at the council look set to close our Royal Harbour's splendid Maritime Museum! The news is tucked away in the corner of this week's Gazunder feature on the council's 2008 budget. The Blue Rinsers are apparently considering withdrawing the museum's grant as part of urgent cost-cutting measures.

But the news is not all bad, as they'll be diverting more resources into keeping the town centre spick and span - by closing the public khazis. Presumably the idea is that the resulting rivers of piss running down the high street will sluice the litter into the harbour. And with no museum to attract visitors, a wee smell or two in the harbour won't go amiss! Genius!

18 comments:

Millicent said...

I've always thought we should combine the two and have a Ramsgate Town and Maritime Museum in the same building - now is TDC's chance to show it really cares!!

Anonymous said...

How long has TDC been caringly funding the East Kent Maritime Trust to run the museums ? I think you can find the amounts on the Charity Commission website.

Well what did TDC get for your money ?

Michael Child said...

Nothing to do with this of course but suppose a developer fancied a couple of interesting buildings to turn into flats………. Whatever am I talking about mind must be wandering.

Anonymous said...

Or a "Penny rent" change of hands Michael.

Perhaps the guy who wants to start an alternative ro Freemasonry in Thanet will acquire the property for a Klingon Temple.

Its a good day to buy.

Anonymous said...

Well put ECR. A post like this is why I cannot resist visiting this blog! I smell a rat about this museum business. The Turnip Centre subsidy per head, even with 130,000 visitors per annum(if you belive such pie in the sky predictions)is set to exceed £10 per head! Has the location and prime site nature of the museums got more to do with this than anything else? Who has been cruising the towns with speculative cheque book open and viewing the locations of our museums and then whispering in ears of TDC? How can arty-farty supporters of the hapless Turnip consider such a phillistine proposal as to force closure of our museums?

Worf said...

Good thinking

Anonymous said...

Cancel the Turnip Centre make the museums into art galleries. Job done

Anonymous said...

If that guy, who knows about Knights Kadosh, were to buy it for a Klingon Temple, he could make a part of the building a Star trek museum. Bet that would get 130,000visitors per year.

Ferengi said...

Developers with cheque books cruising and finding the public khazis closed.

Ho ho ho. Earth humour.

Anonymous said...

ECR Alert !!! Alert !!!

Tony Flaig thread worse even that "Gippo" comment on Dr Moores site.

Labelling Eastern European immigrants as persons who sell their children into prostitution.

Righteous outcry required.

Unlike when a journalist appeared to make a blame victim of the area's itinerant unemployed there is no NUJ funding to stifle your righteous yawns with the threat of a court action.

Lucy Mail said...

Startrek museum sounds like a moronic idea, oxy or otherwise.
A display of historical artefacts from a fictional future?
Though I think that TDC may be qualified to pull it off!

Anonymous said...

Well they;re not bad at pulling themselves off.

Anonymous said...

On a related thread I hear that someone is looking at turning the soon to be empty Casino-by-the-Sea into an arts venue. Where are all the artists coming from?

Anonymous said...

The mad President of Venezuela has turned the clock back and created his own time zone but as we know from the sign on the museum Ramsgate had its own time zone years ago and it seems like nothing has changed. The museum nowhere near pays for itself and we need new developments on the island to bring money into the economy so why not turn it into a high class fish restaurant or something? Surely that would attract more people to Ramsgate than a few crumbling old exhibits?

Lucy Mail said...

Or a centre for the development of wave energy?
Imagine how visitors to our fine harbour/port would feel if they were greeted with a cheery wave from a well coordinated team of expert wavers.

Slightly sceptical said...

Now you're talking - an exhibition about green energy - how many brownie points would TDC get for this amazing contribution to the environment? If we all start waving enough we could create enough energy to light the island!

ZumiWeb said...

I'm getting a little alarmed - I was worried enough when we moved to Ramsgate last year to find we'd just missed seeing the Motor Museum and the Model Village, and the library was long gone of course.

Since then IOTA at West Cliff and now the Maritime Museum are looking shaky.

But I thought TDC had Ramsgate's only purpose for existence as "The harbour" (shopping being at WX and art & culture being in Margate Old Town). So if the museum goes, how will anyone know why the harbour is important - or is "pretty" all we're allowed, historical importance being superfluous these days? Ooh I'm all depressed now...

Eastcliff Richard said...

As a Ramsgatonian I do find it depressing and patronising that our fine town is regarded as merely a harbour and landing approach for 747s by the powers that be. Fine buildings neglected, new developments that are inappropriate or badly designed. I'm off to jump off the cliff before that goes too!