Councillor says artefacts from Shelley Manor are actually ‘plastic souvenirs’

Priceless artefacts? They are just ‘plastic souvenirs’, says councillor

HISTORIC: Shelley Manor

TRANSFER: Cllr Lawrence Williams

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‘PRICELESS’ artefacts still locked away after the closure of a Boscombe museum 13 years ago are simply plastic souvenirs and books, a councillor has said.

Bournemouth’s deputy mayor, Cllr Rod Cooper, asked about the contents of the Shelley Rooms, which were placed in archives after the closure of the facility in 2001, during a full council meeting on Tuesday.

He said: “I understand that most, if not all, of the artefacts in the museum, some of which were priceless, belonged to the council and that the council planned to move them to the Russell-Cotes Museum. “This never happened but they were placed in storage. Would the portfolio holder please tell me where this storage is? Are you able to provide me with a list of the artefacts? Can they be viewed by the public? What plans are there for them in the future?”

But Cllr Lawrence Williams, cabinet member for leisure, said the material held by former owner and operator Margaret Brown before its transfer to the borough council was “mostly secondary in nature and not of museum quality”.

“For example, there were photocopies of material held elsewhere, books of the poetry, although not first editions, and souvenir trinkets such as a plastic Frankenstein’s Monster figure,” he said.

“The collection is lacking in any sort of significance given that it does not contain any original manuscripts from either Mary or Percy, the books are not first or rare editions and any primary material of note within the collection was held on loan.”

He said the exception was a group of loans belonging to two private individuals, which were of museum quality, and have been returned to them.

Remaining items are held in store within the council’s archives.

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4:53pm Sun 6 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

So Cllr Williams is an artefacts expert is he?
Let a proper expert evaluate them and see.
That's if they haven't been flogged off without anyone knowing.
So Cllr Williams is an artefacts expert is he? Let a proper expert evaluate them and see. That's if they haven't been flogged off without anyone knowing. BIGTONE
  • Score: 41

5:06pm Sun 6 Jul 14

HappyTalkyTalkyHappyTalk says...

A councillor sounding dodgy well i never...............
.... Sounds like the artefacts are long gone.
A councillor sounding dodgy well i never............... .... Sounds like the artefacts are long gone. HappyTalkyTalkyHappyTalk
  • Score: 36

5:21pm Sun 6 Jul 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

It's a wonder you can walk Cllr Williams with the amount of time you've put your foot in your mouth.Bring on the re shuffle.
It's a wonder you can walk Cllr Williams with the amount of time you've put your foot in your mouth.Bring on the re shuffle. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 27

7:14pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Bluestew says...

The council have dismantled and almost obliterated most of the original Shelley legacy which is of historical, cultural and political relevance to the whole nation as well as for Bournemouth and Dorset...it seems they have thieved and gifted any artefacts away for private profit just like any other asset they can lay claim to or get their corporate stained hands on.
The council have dismantled and almost obliterated most of the original Shelley legacy which is of historical, cultural and political relevance to the whole nation as well as for Bournemouth and Dorset...it seems they have thieved and gifted any artefacts away for private profit just like any other asset they can lay claim to or get their corporate stained hands on. Bluestew
  • Score: 26

8:52am Mon 7 Jul 14

Positano says...

Such a shame - Bournemouth had very little cultural significance in the bigger world but what we did have has been destroyed Wonderful Turkish Baths - now a Big Concrete Bunker and all the millions lost along the way The Boscombe Arts senseless little bit of history little bit of culture demolished to cram a few houses into a high density residential area which is in desperate need of residential disbursement not corralling The Shelley little imagination and even less aspiration in its setting alone this Building could have become of National Significance in time instead we have a bit of a Theatre bit of a Doctors Surgery and a overbearing Block of Flats Who knows where items of value may be that once were housed in this Building
Such a shame - Bournemouth had very little cultural significance in the bigger world but what we did have has been destroyed Wonderful Turkish Baths - now a Big Concrete Bunker and all the millions lost along the way The Boscombe Arts senseless little bit of history little bit of culture demolished to cram a few houses into a high density residential area which is in desperate need of residential disbursement not corralling The Shelley little imagination and even less aspiration in its setting alone this Building could have become of National Significance in time instead we have a bit of a Theatre bit of a Doctors Surgery and a overbearing Block of Flats Who knows where items of value may be that once were housed in this Building Positano
  • Score: 4

2:15pm Mon 7 Jul 14

skydriver says...

Was it not this Cllr who said the Noddy train has come to end of its day, or words to that effect.
If so , why oh why is he still in office, any sort of office for that matter.
IF, however it's not the same Willaims, Please except my sincere apologies
Was it not this Cllr who said the Noddy train has come to end of its day, or words to that effect. If so , why oh why is he still in office, any sort of office for that matter. IF, however it's not the same Willaims, Please except my sincere apologies skydriver
  • Score: 0

8:58pm Mon 7 Jul 14

addntox says...

it'a amazing how poor the town uses it's links to the Shelley family- even hiding them. The recent bbc2 comedy The Trip showed how much of a tourist trail Shelly is to Italy - why would Bournemouth who wants to be a world class resort not use their links to the fullest. The best information on the family in the town is the Wetherspoons pub in Boscombe!
it'a amazing how poor the town uses it's links to the Shelley family- even hiding them. The recent bbc2 comedy The Trip showed how much of a tourist trail Shelly is to Italy - why would Bournemouth who wants to be a world class resort not use their links to the fullest. The best information on the family in the town is the Wetherspoons pub in Boscombe! addntox
  • Score: 2

9:24am Mon 14 Jul 14

tricitytiara says...

B.B.C =Philistines.
B.B.C =Philistines. tricitytiara
  • Score: 0

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