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Museum deserves more funding.

I AM very concerned about the future of The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.

It is a shame such a finely planned and presented museum is not open all the year round, and now it seems it is liable to further diminution of funding - possibly resulting in further closing times, reduction of staff, or moving the whole collection elsewhere which might possibly mean closing the museum altogether.

authority is duty to help carers.

Particu-larly worrying is the fact the funding of the museum will be lumped together with other areas which the local authority pays for.

Saunders There is an online petition to ring-fence the funding for the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum on: http://democracy.middlesbrough.gov.uk/elps/entity/CKL ARUEMLAMTBQX8ugAXX5y?se archreq=50 This closes on 2 November 2. Captain Cook is known throughout the world, and Middlesbrough is his birthplace. There are going to be a number of 250-year anniversaries of Cook in the near future, starting in 2018 with the beginning of his first voyage, in Endeavour. After that there will be anniversaries for all he discovered and visited every year until his death in 1779. And, of course there will also be the 300th anniversary of his birth. Surely the town should be increasing rather than diminishing the museum funding, and greater publicity would bring more tourists.

Middlesbrough is considering an application to be a City of Culture. I am pleased (being a Yorkshireman born and bred, at a time when Middlesbrough was in Yorkshire), but a city of culture does not underfund Captain Cook's Birthplace Museum.

STEPHEN BAINES, Author of Captain Cook's Merchant Ships

frankly, childish Steve's be g each EU. he could let elsewhere might closing museum of be other the local pays for. The local authority is failing in its duty to help all kinship carers. Charles Saunders

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 16, 2016
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