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Letter: Our Museum Must Change With The Times

Published on: 30 Jul, 2020
Updated on: 30 Jul, 2020

From: Gavin Morgan

Founder of Guildford Heritage Forum

The thoughtful statements by councillors and the letters in The Dragon about our museum have been very interesting. But there is one glaringly obvious fact we must not ignore.

Guildford Museum has not changed in decades and not many people choose to go there. Until we change both those things this discussion is meaningless.

The reopening of the museum has proved two things. The VE Day exhibition shows that the museum staff are more than capable of changing a lot of the museum displays. But, for some reason, this is not happening. The prehistoric, Saxon and medieval cases are still just as they have been for decades. If the town could miss the opportunity to change a few display cases when the museum was closed for a year then what hope is there?

I very much fear the ambitious plans being announced in the autumn will result in more reports, more committees, more delay.

Big long-term visions are necessary but we also need achievable ideas that will deliver results in the short term.

Without them, Guildford Museum will forever represent the kind of old-fashioned museum the decolonisation debaters wants us to move away from.

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