And, just so you miss nothing, here’s what we have coming up this month: Devon Street Food Festival 4-6 August; Birdman 5 August; Sunwest Beer & Music Festival (at the Landmark!) 25-28 August; Ilfracombe Carnival 27 August; Mini Madness 28 August. Beat that, Barnstaple! And there’s even more in September!
The current charges are £5 for most adults, £4 for concessions (students, senior citizens), children under 16 nothing. The letter writer said that, when she first went, age 4, with her father, it cost him truppence! That must have been many decades ago.
Unlike many museums, Ilfracombe receives no tax payer subsidy. It is wholly dependent for day to day running on three sources of income: admission charges, donations (including the occasional bequest), and profits from shop sales. The writer says that Barnstaple and Braunton museums are free. If that is so, they must have some other source of finance, since nothing, except, possibly, the air we breathe is free! Museums are expensive to run. Ilfracombe museum has to pay for electricity, water, two paid staff, accounting services, insurance, maintenance of the building, cleaning and many other things, and that is without considering the cost of maintaining the exhibits – if they were not looked after properly, they would soon deteriorate.
In addition to the paid staff, there is also a large group of people who manage the museum and help out with its general running. These all give their time and expertise for nothing. If it were not for these volunteers, the admission charge would have to be very much higher. So to call the present level of charges a “rip-off” is really something of an insult to all those people who give their time freely so that people like the writer can enjoy the museum.
Various people have commented on the waistcoats I wear, sometimes even favourably. Mostly, I get them from Tom Sawyer Waistcoats (http://www.tomsawyerwaistcoats.co.uk/index.aspx) who will make them to measure, if required (definitely required in my case). They also sell a variety of accessories, such as ties, bow ties, cravats, and some steampunk stuff. They are neighbours, being based in Totnes.