Caernarfon Maritime Museum to be turned into Public Toilets
The BBC news centre reported on the 3rd of September that a building that once housed a maritime museum is to be turned into a toilet for boat owners. Sadly in 2012 the volunteer-run museum at Victoria Dock Caernarfon closed down due to high running costs and lack of funding.
The reasons for the closure are rumoured to be down to the high annual insurance costs which far outweighed the revenue that was made from admissions.
The decision to close the museum was made by the council in Gwynedd, whom took responsibility for all of the artefacts that were on display, with any items that were loaned to the museum, given back to the rightful owners. The councillors voted on plans to convert the facilities, enabling any boat owners to abandon the current temporary facilities that have become an “eyesore”, despite letters of objection.
Former town major Hywel Roberts was quoted as saying that “the old museum could no longer continue because there were not enough volunteers to keep it running”. He went on to say that plans were afoot for the possibility of a heritage centre in the town enabling them to continue to display their maritime history.
Since the news broke of its closure, residents were keen to remember the days when the small building was in fact the town’s mortuary before becoming the maritime museum. Despite its small size there were lots of interesting things to see, including the story of Ellen Edwards who, in the 19th century ran a maritime school in the town and also displayed exhibitions about the Menai Strait ferries.
Caernarfon is best known for its stone-built castle that was originally a motte-and-bailey castle built in the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward the first replaced it with the current stone structure which boasted huge defensive capabilities seen as a seen on English dominance,
The areas rich history means it is a hot bed for tourists who can learn that the town dates back nearly 2000 years.
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