Council leader takes on a new role at museum

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THE Royal Marines Museum has appointed a new trustee.

City council leader, councillor Donna Jones, said she is delighted to take on the role, following a visit to the Eastney museum.

She was shown around by Major Robert Bruce and briefed on the busy programme in this 350th Anniversary Year of the Royal Marines, as well as future plans for the museum as part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Cllr Jones said: ‘One of the main reasons I became a politician was because of my memories as a child of the impact of the Falklands Conflict, which the Royal Marines were a key part of.

‘Robert gave me a fascinating tour of the museum

‘I was interested to learn of a number of exciting plans, including its relocation to the dockyard in 2017.

Maj Bruce said: ‘The trustees are privileged that the council’s leader has agreed to take up this appointment, especially at a time of such significant change.

‘The profile of the museum has improved considerably in recent times and we are having a cracking year at present, but we are looking forward to taking this to another dimension.’