Unexpected redevelopment meant that the Ramsgate Society had to leave its Harbour Street HQ at short notice this summer. It was generously offered temporary accommodation in the Maritime Museum annex at the Royal Harbour Clock House. The Steam Trust that runs the Museum and the nearby Steam Tug Cervia, holds an annual summer event. Volunteers from both the Society and the Museum jointly served refreshments on a glorious day in July.
Sadly before the end of the month the Museum had been broken into, along with cash boxes, tills and a safe. Two charities were both robbed. The Museum was damaged and covered in fire extinguisher foam and powder that enveloped both floors and forced immediate closure. For seaside attractions and the Society, August closure is like depriving a department store of Christmas and January Sales.
Cleaning began at once although sadly many people who volunteered to help through the Society’s Face Book site could not be accommodated in the confined chaos. The shops and sales teams were rapidly back in action. The Society Shop but not the Museum will be open this winter and plans to extend selling on line as soon as possible. The assistance and support of everyone who can contribute, will be more than welcomed. It is hoped that the Society may continue its association with the Clock House, following in the steps of Trinity House, the Royal Navy, the General Steam Navigation Company and RNLI. Discussions that are in an early stage with Thanet District Council, the Freeholder, will hopefully benefit the Museum, the Society and all Ramsgate.