MEMS supports plan to save Heritage Museum

The City Council is consulting on closure of the Canterbury Heritage Museum.

Those named below call on the City Council NOT to close the Museum and deny access to a comprehensive collection telling the story of Canterbury’s heritage, but to work with a consortium of archaeologists, historians, societies, universities, arts organisations, community groups, schools and volunteers, to renew and re-present the buildings and collections for the 21st century.

Our ambition will be to transform the building into a dynamic hub to explore and share new insights into the city for people who live, work or study in Canterbury or who come as visitors.

The first aim of our new consortium of supporters will be to work with Canterbury City Council on a plan to save the Museum in partnership. If that fails, we propose to form a new Trust to apply to take over operational management of the Museum, its collections and heritage buildings in Stour Street.

We will then seek to raise funds to redisplay the buildings and collections and promote them. We will also seek to provide programmes of learning and creative engagement for local people and visitors to experience and enjoy the whole of the city’s story set in one of Canterbury’s most inspiring and complete medieval buildings.

We call on the City Council to work with the consortium to achieve these objectives.

  • List of supporting institutions:
    Canterbury Archaeological Trust
    Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust
    Canterbury Christ Church University
    Centre for Kent History and Heritage, Canterbury Christchurch Uni
    Centre for Heritage, University of Kent
    Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent
    The Canterbury Society
    Kent Archaeological Society
    Canterbury Heritage Design Forum
    Canterbury branch of the Historical Association
    Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, University of Kent
    Lawrence and Marjorie Lyle (awarded Freedom of the City for their lifelong work on Canterbury)
    Canterbury Tourist Guides
    The Oaten Hill and South Canterbury Association Local History Group

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