CHAMPAGNE corks were popping this week following the surprise announcement that Herne Bay Museum has been saved.
The museum in William Street had been earmarked for the chop by the city council in a bid to save cash. But the museum’s 2,000 fans fought back and on Monday the Council’s Department of Culture and Enterprise agreed to a rescue plan.
Groups like Friends of Herne Bay Museum, Herne Bay Historical Records Society, the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, the University of Kent and the Cathedral Archives had been frantically working to come up with a solution. The result was announced by the city council’s head of culture Janice McGuinness.
David Cross, secretary of Friends of Herne Bay Museum, said:
There will be no closure but there will be a £2 admittance fee for non-residents and a more commercial approach. There will be rationalisation within the service and more involvement with the community without.
The Herne Bay Times has been magnificent in support of the museum campaign over the past year. We couldn’t have done it without that.
Visiting schools will also have to pay for access. The Friends will continue to press for free access for the town’s schools. Mr Cross added:
Herne Bay Museum was vulnerable because the number of visitors had dropped. We can now look forward to creating ways to encourage more visitors and make it a town museum everyone can be proud of.
Herne Bay Times, 9th Dec 2010