LETTER: Let’s all push for a new museum

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From: Kevin Gordon

Katherine Way, Seaford

Eastbourne Museum was destroyed by enemy action in 1943 and it took many years for a new site to be found.

Many years ago, I helped to put together some exhibits at the Towner Art Gallery in Gildredge Park.

The museum section was small but interesting and attracted many visitors.

On moving to its new home the Towner concentrated on art rather than history and the museum was packed away.

There has been a military museum at the Redoubt, but it is clearly not a suitable location to store and display historic artefacts.

The excellent Heritage Centre does a great job in explaining the Victorian heritage of the town but the town is far more than just a seaside resort.

Amateur archaeologists like Pat and Lawrence Stevens and professionals like Jo Seaman, the current town archaeologist, have proved that Eastbourne has a long and important pedigree.

In the past few years Eastbourne Borough Council seems to have done a good job in maintaining and promoting our beautiful town.

Unlike many seaside towns it has retained its dignity as premier seaside resort.

Archaeological excavations and research have unearthed some fascinating information that is of national importance such as evidence that the first known black person in the country lived nearby

All Eastbournians should be proud of their past and I would encourage everyone who loves the town, particularly our elected councillors, to push for a new museum to be located and opened as soon as possible so that our town’s proud history can be rightly showcased.