Certainly we hope that our visitors will have an enjoyable day out - but one that is also informative and which does not portray life in the countryside through rose-coloured spectacles.
While I have sympathy with much of what Mr Roe says about the decline in village life, there was the opportunity to write seriously about this subject. Unfortunately, he chose rather to purvey a hackneyed theory about the blurred distinction between fiction and reality, while throwing in some fanciful and unsubstantiated assertions of his own.
To make the Museum of Kent Life a party to the destruction of village life is to give us a significance way beyond what we merit. We are simply a museum interpreting rural life in Kent between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries in an honest and decent way. We are neither fake nor phoney.
Museum of Kent Life Cobtree