Thursday, 2 July 2009

Ramsgate Maritime Museum to open on Saturday.

I gather that Thanet District Council have arranged for Ramsgate Maritime Museum to reopen this Saturday, many thanks to all involved.


  1. I don’t want to be prematurely optimistic, but it looks as though Thanet Council have finally realised what an enormous and unnecessary “own goal” the closure of the Ramsgate Maritime Museum has been.
    Since the closure, Ramsgate and Broadstairs residents have, through the petition organised by Ramsgate Councillors, and through letters and phone calls, let the Council know what they think of the decision.
    The Council have been fortunate that the Preston Steam Trust have been able to pick up where the EKMT have failed, and promise a future for the Museum. This seems to have triggered a “save our museums” campaign in the Gazette Newspaper, perhaps motivated more by the plight of Margate Museum, future still unknown.
    Most recently we were informed that Council “red tape” and protocols were frustrating an early reopening of the Ramsgate Museum in time for the Summer Season when there are visitors in the town.
    Cllr John Watkins, a volunteer worker for the EKMT and skipper of the “Sundowner” vessel, has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to overcome the difficulties.
    It now seems that with good will on all sides, including the Preston Steam Trust, TDC, myself as Ramsgate Mayor, and Cllr Elizabeth Green as Ramsgate County Councillor, we may well see the Museum open for Ramsgate’s own “big event” Ramsgate Rocks.
    If so, I would like to thank John personally, and thank the many people of Ramsgate that have supported the campaign to keep Ramsgate’s Museum and retain the historic clock house for public use.

  2. John Watkins work tirelessly??? When was that, I did not see the flags out

  3. See Rich's comments at ECR. (I am not Rich)


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