I wonder how many of you, dear readers, noticed that my four Museum Monday articles didn’t include Surrey Heath Museum?
The reason was so that I could highlight Surrey Heath Borough Council’s lack of ambition and support for its museum service. What I’d like you to do, dear reader, is to complete the Council’s online consultation about the future of Surrey Heath Museum. Click on image to link to the webpage.
Earlier this year the Council announced it’s plans for the Museum. The paucity of ambition exhibited in this Council Paper, and lack of mention of any commitment to invest funds into the museum. There’s talk, and councillor support for making Surrey Heath Museum a mainly online museum. There is no mention of staffing, timescales, or funds to digitise and scan its archives. The majority of the museums collections are mouldering in storage.
My idea is the build a two/three storey heritage centre, with museum, art gallery, and education space on the land in front of Camberley Library. It’s surely possible with the support of Surrey Council, transferring France Hill Adult Education to the new centre, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council, Local Enterprise Partnership, and Surrey Heath Borough Council.
If Woking can do it with The Lightbox, why can’t we in Surrey Heath. Heck, the Council have borrowed £115 million or more to become owners of Camberley’s shopping centre.
In short, the people of Surrey Heath deserve better, since the Museum collections belong to them and they have a right to enjoy them and benefit from their tourism and educational potential.