My family and I are somewhat baffled by two points raised in the last review.
It is possible we visited the museum on the same day but our experience with the knowledgeable elderly gentleman with the beard could not have been more different. He was polite, well spoken and was able to answer all our questions we had about aspects of Arundel history.
Even my easily bored children listened to him in awe! We can only assume that the reviewer said or done something to offend him if he received an alternative approach.
Although we live very near the town, this was the first time we had visited the museum. We found it to be well laid out (not too cluttered which is the downfall of some museums) in a logical sequence and very relevant.
whilst I agree with the previous reviewer in that the building of the museum was funded by the National Lottery and Arun District Council, (most locals will be well aware of this) many thousands were raised by museum volunteers.
I was advised by a nice lady on the reception desk (this is also written on a sign) that although the cost of the museum was raised in this way, all the current and future running costs must be raised by the museum as it is a Charity and receives no funding for these costs.
This is (with apologies) how the lady on reception explained why the museum had to charge an entrance fee.
I do not object to this small fee which in many places would not even buy a bottle of beer.
Without this fee and the money raised from talks, walks and events at the museum I would like to know how the previous reviewer expects this totally unfunded and independent museum to survive.
Perhaps he may like to assist by giving up his time to open and run the museum along with all the other (I am told almost a 100) volunteers who give up their time so that locals and tourists can find out about this wonderfully historic town.
Its very easy to sit back and complain but not so easy to praise success.
We say, well done to the museum staff and volunteers without which we understand this museum would not even exist!
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