Peter Goldsmith’s letter [December 4] contains much that most of us would agree with, dismay that the Redoubt might cease as a military museum, and grave concerns over the cost of renewal and replacement. I also understand he wants to make a point about any future museum being limited to an Eastbourne-only story, and the limitations this will bring, but to try to back this up by calling the two ‘Eastbourne Story’ exhibitions at the Pavilion ‘lamentable’ is really not acceptable. I do wonder if he really did visit them, because I simply cannot understand how he can describe them as ‘uninspiring’ and ‘unengaging’. The Ancestors exhibition contained stories going back millennia, and left you reassessing how our town grew and developed, and the people who were quite literally our ancestors. The Summerdown Camp exhibition was moving in the extreme, to read the actual diary of one of the nurses and her experiences at the camp and the stories of the wounded must have engaged all who read it, but I do wonder if Mr Goldsmith paused that long. A quick glance at the Eastbourne Museum Service Facebook page shows that within hours of Mr Goldsmith’s letter being published 35 people left messages contrary to his views (there were none that supported it in any way). To raise justifiable questions and concerns about the future of the Redoubt is one thing, to undermine the excellent work and efforts of the people behind these exhibitions and ignore the opinions of so many actual visitors is quite another.
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