RAMSGATE MARITIME MUSEUM & S.T. CERVIA*Small Admission Fee Charged*
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RAMSGATE MARITIME MUSEUM
The Ramsgate Museum is based in the magnificent Clock House in Ramsgate Royal Harbour, and is a museum devoted to maritime history, in particular that of the South East of England.
Following lengthy negotiations with the East Kent Maritime Trust, a legal agreement has been reached which transfers ownership and stewardship of the entire collections of the Ramsgate Maritime Museum to the Steam Museum Trust.
Now in the process of dissolution, the EKMT had been forced to close the Ramsgate Museum in the autumn of 2008. But this agreement, sealed in early December will allow SMT, an established heritage organisation, to step in to revitalise the museum and create a new and vibrant visitor attraction for Ramsgate. The aim is to make the museum self-sufficient and able to properly manage and care for the collections in the long term.
EKMT trustees have pledged their support along with the skills of museum volunteers and staff, to ensure a smooth and orderly transfer to the new trust.
An early objective will be to secure the future of the Clock House, which houses the museum, and develop the adjacent Dry Dock as a base for the museum's historic vessels, which include the MY "SUNDOWNER" and steam tug "CERVIA". The Steam Museum Trust would then pursue alternative methods of funding for the Ramsgate Museum, including a calendar of events and an improved shop as well as other visitor attractions and facilities at the Clock House. We believe the museum is an important focal point for Ramsgate and its harbour and that, with a viable plan and the enthusiasm of local people, it can continue to serve us all.
Above are the Steam Tug "CERVIA" Commander Lightoller's MY "SUNDOWNER".
Below is Smeaton's 1788 sectional drawing for the Dry Dock at Ramsgate.
In a statement in 2008 a TDC representative said:
"The Council is looking forward to working jointly with the new body to explore developing innovative, viable and sustainable heritage visitor solutions to interpret the best of the nationally recognised local maritime collections, with potential support from other local interest groups, commercial partners, and key regional and national cultural agencies.
The Council remains committed to developing a vibrant cultural agenda for Thanet with it's partners, particularly so in regard to our truly unique coastal and maritime history and heritage."