Things have gone quiet on the
Museum Front. This is for no other reason than that The Beaney project
in Canterbury has entered it’s final year and is beginning to exert a
massive gravitational pull on the time, efforts and resources of a
curatorial staff, modest in number, for such a large museum service.
once again the coast shall have to be content with Canterbury’s
leavings for a year or so. I envisage that until the Beaney opens in
September, there will be fewer events and little perceptible movement in
coastal museum development. However the museum team are due to deliver
on an internal review that they held amongst themselves, some time in
the spring. From this we should be able to discern the shape of things
This year has been an encouraging one, in January we
finally received the news that the museum had, for the time being, been
reprieved. In May we learned about the appointment of Jo Jones the
museum service’s new director and in July we got to meet her and in
September the membership got to meet her at the Museum Friends social.
the end of September the Friends stall at the Giant Picnic was the
first real bit of outreach activity that we had organised for the
museum, and a taste of the kind of thing I hope we will be doing more
of. Friends are now invited to all private views, and the opportunity
for further social and community events looks bright.
coming year we will need to look at helping with funding and finding
ways to increase the footfall. We are in the process of joining the
British Association of Friends of Museums with a view to finding support
and advice from more experienced groups than ours.
In a year we
have made the transition from a fairly militant campaign group to an
organisation supportive of a museum that now has the opportunity to
flower and become a more significant in the cultural life of the town.
in the Spring our membership secretary, Phil, will be seeking
subscription renewals. Please continue to support the Friends, without
community groups actively involved in these crucial services, they can
easily fall again under the shadow of the axe, especially in such
David Cross, Secretary