Museum may be forced to close as building sold

The Musgrave Collection Museum in Seaside Road Eastbourne is moving premises. October 10th 2-13 E41535P
The Musgrave Collection Museum in Seaside Road Eastbourne is moving premises. October 10th 2-13 E41535P
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The future of the popular Musgrave Museum in Seaside Road is under threat after new owners bought the building.

The founder of the Musgrave Collection, George Musgrave, passed away last year but in his absence, the museum has continued to thrive.

However, a couple have recently purchased the building and told the museum they intend to turn it into a shop and student accommodation in order to see a return on their investment.

While a request for planning permission for change of use has yet to be submitted, the team at the museum are still seeking other alternatives, although currently it looks as if the collection will be archived over the winter while they pursue the limited options.

The museum could begin to charge admission, but this was always against George’s wish. Alternatively, the Heritage Centre has come forward to say it can take on some of the collection, but not all of it.

That’s not the only problem presenting itself, either. A gentleman called Melvyn Tarran contacted the Musgrave Museum offering his large Gilbert and Sullivan collection for display but, with its future uncertain, it was forced to decline.

The Royal Hippodrome was willing to home the collection, which includes many artefacts and full costumes in glass display cases, but it was soon discovered there was no way to get the two grand pianos into the upstairs room.

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society will take the collection in London but Mr Tarran was insistent on keeping it all together and keeping it local.

Both parties are continuing to try and find homes for the Musgrave Collection and the Gilbert and Sullivan Collection.

If you can help, please contact the Herald or the Musgrave Museum on 648106.