A LAUNCH day to welcome the Bexhill Observer staff held on Friday, April 5 saw many of the paper’s readers visit the museum to meet them.
The paper’s reporters have not had a base in the town since the Observer office in Sackville Road shut earlier this year.
Now, under a partnership deal which also provides the museum with much-needed additional income, reporters are able to use desk space in the reception area.
At the meet-the-team event, editor-in-chief Keith Ridley said: ?It is a good opportunity for our team to be meeting people in Bexhill and to put down the marker that the museum is our new home.?
Of the partnership working, he said: ?I think it is an ideal solution which will work for us and for the museum in improving the foot-fall.
?We are both part of the fabric of the community so it is the perfect mix.?
Museum chairman John Betts welcomes the deal. He said: ?Two community icons for Bexhill have at last come together after so many years.?
The Observer group was also represented by Bexhill deputy content editor Steve Holloway, together with his Hastings Observer counterpart Angela Gallen and by Kerry Stevens, who was giving goody-bags to members of the public. Bexhill reporters Camilla Lake, Lynda Turner and Nigel Jarrett will make the museum their Bexhill base.
The event was an opportunity for the public to meet the team and Steve Holloway was soon inundated with questions from readers.
Irreplaceable bound copies of the Observer and its former rival the Bexhill Chronicle together photographic and cuttings files were recently salvaged from the Observer office by museum volunteers. They are now in the museum’s safe-keeping and are already proving to be invaluable research tools.
History Group volunteers are beginning the task of researching the town’s role in the First World War in preparation for next year’s centenary of the outbreak of the ?war to end all wars.?
Volunteers have set themselves the task of photographing every page of every Observer and Chronicle edition between 1914 and 1920 and making them available to researchers via the museum’s IT system. Already, the Chronicle pages between 1914 and 1918 are on the system.