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Derrickarthur
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61 of 64  Mon 1st Jul 2019 7:04pm  
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I am dismayed that an entrance fee of £14 has been introduced for the Transport Museum. I understand that upon application for a pass, entrance will still be free for Coventry residents but surely 18 months away from being City of Culture, charging visitors to gain entry to one of the most interesting venues of the city will be counter effective in attracting people.
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Derrickarthur
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62 of 64  Mon 1st Jul 2019 7:53pm  
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In January I made a suggestion to the City of Culture team which I expect has been filed in a deep hole somewhere. It entailed souvenir local banknotes which as my email [attached below] has been used extensively throughout the UK over recent years with varying success. However, even when the local authorities cancelled the system, thousands of pounds worth of banknotes still exist that were "paid for" and will now never be reclaimed so no monies can be lost by the issuing authority. "Coventry has been awarded City of Culture 2021. To coincide with this why not consider issuing local banknotes for spending in local shops & outlets within the city as other UK towns and cities have done in recent years. My suggestion Many of these banknotes I am sure would be purchased and saved by collectors (like myself) and never enter circulation and therefore generate income for the city. Local banknotes have been introduced by Bristol, Exeter, Stroud, Brixton, Totnes, Lewes, Bath, Brighton, The Lake District, Kingston, Calderdale, Walthamstow and Hawick in Scotland, usually in denominations of £1, £5, £10 and £20. Bath used its own currency unit called the Bath Oliver, Calderdale the Favour, with both units having an exchange rate equivalent to £1. Banknotes were also issued with unusual & quirky face values (£4.50 and £15 by Exeter and £21 by Lewes and Totnes) Some towns have now discontinued the notes (Exeter & Stroud for example) but I believe could be a novel and successful money making scheme and would generate local interest. Bristol, Lewes & Totnes for example are on their 3rd series of notes and the Lake District their 2nd. These banknotes sell very well from the local issuing office online and also on afterwards on Ebay. UK Local banknotes have featured local personalities (i.e. Lake District featured Beatrix Potter & Alfred Wainwright, Bristol featured Banksy and Concorde and Brixton featured David Bowie) There is plenty of scope for Coventry including the cycle, motorcycle, motor and aviation industries, Godiva & Leofric, Frank Whittle, Philip Larkin, Ellen Terry, Mo Mowlam and The Specials. Perhaps The Three Spires of Coventry featuring on a £3 note would be appropriate." Edited by member, 1st Jul 2019 7:55 pm
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63 of 64  Mon 1st Jul 2019 9:38pm  
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On 1st Jul 2019 7:04pm, Derrickarthur said: I am dismayed that an entrance fee of £14 has been introduced for the Transport Museum. I understand that upon application for a pass, entrance will still be free for Coventry residents but surely 18 months away from being City of Culture, charging visitors to gain entry to one of the most interesting venues of the city will be counter effective in attracting people.
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Not Local
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64 of 64  Mon 1st Jul 2019 10:12pm  
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From what I read the £14 charge entitles the customer to visit the museum again without charge for the rest of the year. That sounds good, but many visitors will be tourists visiting the city only once, and other non-Coventry residents like myself will only pop in once a year, or even less, just to see some specific part of the museum or to catch up with old acquaintances like the cream coloured Standard Vanguard which has been a museum exhibit since the Herbert Museum days. I first visited the old cars with my father when I was a child. Since then I have happily visited the museum with my wife, with friends, with my children, and recently with my grandchildren. Sorry, I ain't paying £14 so my visits will now cease. I think a lot of other people will be the same. What will the council do when visitor numbers tumble and so there are less people to spend money in the cafe and the shop?
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