The borough council is considering making substantial changes to the local museum, and it says: “We are keen to work with the community on this exciting project, and welcome ideas and input from interested parties on how we can improve our services even further.” However, it’s noticeable in the recent announcement goo.gl/uU0Qt9 that the council doesn’t say how interested parties might communicate their views…..
The announcement also says: “The proposals include adopting a ‘museum without walls’ approach”. Since no competing proposals are mentioned, it seems reasonable to assume that this reveals the council’s preference.
Now some people strongly defend the idea of a ‘bricks and mortar’ museum. The Eye isn’t one of them. In this day and age, the internet provides a much more appropriate way of making information and illustrations widely and easily available. Indeed, last year we wrote about this in an item titled ‘Should the museum be in a museum’ http://wp.me/p3Dlu2-2wf
As the council doesn’t say how residents should feed back their views, why not add them here as comments? We’ll make sure that the council becomes aware of them.
Of course, if no-one cares enough to provide a comment, that itself will be relevant information. So it’s up to you!
And a final word. The council’s announcement says: “Our overall aim is to raise the profile of Heritage Services in the Borough, increase engagement with the local community, and make them fit for the 21st century.” But it’s now 2017, so, give or take a bit, the 21st century is 17 years old. What’s more, the century’s arrival was hardly unexpected! So why on earth aren’t the council facilities already fit for purpose?