It is interesting how often the work of the Director comes down to discussing the issue of drains
It is interesting how often the work of the Director comes down to discussing the issue of drains. When I started in this job, I was told that drains were one of the biggest problems. They were and indeed the smell of leaking drains reminded me each day of the urgency of addressing the problem. It was of such relief and comfort that the Pilgrim Trust stepped in to fund a new Klargester to handle the drains for the Gallery before we were shut down for breaking every environmental health law. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and all the kind donors who have supported the Hope Project, we are at last able to tackle drainage across the whole Watts Gallery Estate. A cess pit here, a soak away there, will all now be channelled in to a major Klargester until such time as we have persuaded Guildford Borough Council to extend main drainage on from the Rectory to reach us occupants of Down Lane!
If I feel really stressed, I know that I can watch the video made of the drains showing the damage from roots and the cracks and leaks – so far, I have not been driven to this point. The previous Curator used to interview his Assistant Curator’s by asking them as the first question “Do you know how to rod the drains?”. Happily, as we are about to appoint a new Curatorial Fellow, this will now not have to be part of the interview process. Proper drainage on site, is one of the many great legacies that everyone’s kind donations and support of the Hope Project will leave to future generations! Thank you