Well, we didn’t save the Livesey. The museum will close on 29 Feb 2008. The reason for the early closure is to ensure that the collections and exhibition can be dismantled and packed away safely, by people who know what they’re doing.

Some of us are talking about trying to constitute a trust to get funding and continue the Livesey’s good work – hopefully in the building, if Southwark Council will let us.

The horrible thing is that the council is closing a museum that works. It’s a wonderful place that reaches out to the local community and has a very special place in all our hearts. I’ve heard plenty of rumours over the past few weeks about why it’s closing, and had a few arguments with LibDem councillors about the matter, but none of that seems to matter now. The museum in its current incarnation is closing down, and it’s time to see what we can build on.

I have no idea what will happen to the building. There are rumours that it will be auctioned off, but I can’t think who would buy a Grade II listed ex-library surrounded by boarded-up shops, and only a few hundred yards from a dirty great recycling facility, on the main road out of London to the Kent ports. Hopefully we can negotiate with the council to let us stay on there.

In other news…

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A group of Austrian artists has knitted a giant pink rabbit that can be seen from a satellite (go on, click on the link to see…). The giant bunny will apparently sit on the hillside for the next 20 years, so I hope they’ve used an easily-washable yarn. Not sure what will happen if it shrinks…


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