Weiner is important—but does it outweigh Bancroft history?
PUBLISHED: 20:08 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:24 05 October 2010
Dear Editor, EVERYONE is aware of the importance of the Holocaust and the absolute need to preserve the memory of it as a constant reminder of the horrors. But does the Weiner Library's importance outweigh that of our own local history in the heart of the East End?
LET me register my objection to the proposal to disburse the Archive and Local History collections from the Bancroft.
Everyone is aware of the importance of the Holocaust and the absolute need to preserve the memory of it as a constant reminder of the horrors.
However, does its importance outweigh that of our own local history and the fact that we can access that history in the heart of the East End at a very convenient location in a very beautiful building all under one roof?
I am sure Prime Minister Gordon Brown or the powers that be can find the money to locate the Weiner Library elsewhere, given its importance.
But I do not feel the same funds would be readily available to reunite the East End archives were they to be broken up.
What of the archivists who work so hard and the many people who use the library spending hours in this very peaceful environment? It is much different to the Tower Hamlets Ideas Store!
Our part of London is losing its identity in many ways and the demise of the Bancroft and its fantastic contents would be a great loss to all.
I hope enough people feel the same way and the objections are sufficient to bring about a serious rethink by Tower Hamlets council, which should listen to residents and acknowledge its heritage and not be tempted to sell the Bancroft building.
Frankly, £1.2 million is not enough for this fine building anyway.
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