Collection trustee receives an MBE

THERE are two unusual events which have a connection with the Musgrave Collection in Seaside Road.

At the same investiture that saw Sir Bruce Forsyth knighted by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace, one of our Trustees received an MBE for his much-applauded Youth Club and Christian work of more than 30 years.

Robert Musgrave has been a Trustee of the Musgrave Collection for over 10 years, and in the past two years has taken on behind the scenes the business of the museum during the illness of his father, the founder of the charity.

In the same week came the publication by prominent author Richard van Emden of The Quick and The Dead: Fallen Soldiers and their Families in the Great War.

The author begins his book “Should you find yourself in Eastbourne with an hour or two to spare, you might care to visit the little Musgrave Museum in Seaside Road.”

Further paragraphs recommend readers to visit our Eastbourne museum.

Meanwhile, George Musgrave is busy creating a new oil painting for the museum, to demonstrate that at the age of 96 he still has capability. The title is 96: What’s the next job?

The collection closes for the winter at the end of October.

During the ensuing months he and the museum volunteers will be working to expand and improve still further the permanent exhibition.

GEORGE MUSGRAVE

Seaside Road