Joy at family's £20,000 donation to help cause
MARGATE Museum received a surprise £20,000 donation from two visitors this week.
The pair, from Hertfordshire, met Ian Dickie from Friends of Margate Museum to discuss the display of rare 18th-century legal documents before handing over cheques.
The charitable couple's ancestors ran the White Hart Hotel and have handed over the papers, which will be exhibited later this year.
Mr Dickie said: "We were delighted to receive such rare 18th-century artefacts which they originally wanted to display at Turner Contemporary.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
"At the end of our meeting, they produced a chequebook and said they would like to make a donation to the museum.
"It was such a surprise and the money will help immensely with the running of the museum and means we can upgrade our CCTV system and UV filters on the windows to protect our exhibits."
With the help of volunteers from The Friends of Margate Museum, the Thanet council-owned attraction reopened last year. Volunteers are working with the authority on cataloguing the vast collection.
It is likely to take several years to photograph and record artefacts into an electronic database. The audit will improve storage and management of town artefacts for insurance purposes.
Damaged items and articles irrelevant to the town's history could be sold or used in a educational handling collection, with the funds reinvested into the museum.
The latest show, In Their Own Words: Mods, Rockers and Margate, opens for the extended Jubilee bank holiday next weekend.
The Market Place museum is open from 11am to 4pm on Wednesdays, weekends and bank holidays. Entry costs £1.50 for adults, with children going free.