The museum and archive of Greenwich borough has announced a closure this month – apparently out of the blue.
Local groups and politicians on both Tory and Labour benches seem mystified over the sudden closure and concern over what happens next.
Shameful decision , lacking consultation and a rather vague commitment about the long term future of a museum in the Arsenal. Working with residents in Woolwich to make sure we retain a Museum in Woolwich following the Plumstead closure. https://t.co/5iSMsB7GEh
— Cllr John Fahy (@Cllrjfahy) July 2, 2018
Those who’ve lived in the area a long time may remember the former Borough Museum was located upstairs in Plumstead library in a dusty Victorian space which has been closed to the public ever since it moved to Woolwich. That will now become a cafe as part of Plumstead library’s upgrade.
It’s being sold as a great step forward with a move to a new site as part of the development of a Creative District yet there’s no specifics on dates or locations, and some are worried. And what happens to the collection and archive in the interim?
Currently anyone can show up and look back over numerous public records and newspapers stretching back decades. It’s a real treasure trove and a serves a huge public good.
Redevelopment could be fantastic though the sudden announcement and lack of detail is odd. Here’s hoping answers are coming soon.
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