Sparkling gem of museum and art

THE indefatigable George Musgrave.

There is a gem of a museum and art gallery right here in Eastbourne in Seaside Road.

Whatever has been written about this venue in the past years, it is hard to do it justice as it is always evolving and improving.

There is something about it that has a timeless appeal.

People from all walks of life come here to enjoy the experience, to which our visitors book provides more than adequate testimony. George is now 96 years of age and is still working on his various projects.

George is a painter sculptor and writer.

He has spent many years on Biblical and archaeological research with some astonishing results to his credit.

During his working years he supported his family by designing and making toys which were exported all over the world.

He is also an ordained Christian minister and was a missionary in British Guyana in the early 1950s.

It is always true that as we live our lives we establish and recognise connections.

George has lovingly dedicated this museum to the memory of his father Alfred Musgrave who distinguished himself with his comrades by serving his king and country with courage and valour.

As he was dying of his wounds he managed to draw a picture of an engine for his little son George to which he added a most touching birthday greeting.

This may be seen at the entrance to the collection.

When I was a boy, my mother was very friendly with a family who lived near to the variety theatre where she was the orchestra leader.

They loved music and so from time to time held musical evenings in their home.

These were very happy occasions for us all.

Downstairs in the living room was a wooden fireplace that had been made by the head of the house from wood taken from the Indefatigable, a First World War battleship?

This fine ship was at the battle of Jutland but sadly was sunk by enemy action on 31st May 1916.

While it remains true that we cannot live in the past, these precious memories become a part of whom we are.

All the arts and crafts are only possible because of the treasure house of memory, imagination, and experience. George’s collection of paintings may be fairly described as eclectic.

His painted history of St Paul and his journeys are quite unique and are the result of extensive travel and research following in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul.

George began his collection at the age of eight with British coins, his drawing, painting and sculpture began to flower during his teenage years.

The development of his life’s work is quite astonishing and bears testimony to a man with an indefatigable spirit that has driven him on through all the changing scenes of his colourful life.

PAUL C LANGLEY,

Chiswick Place