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A Report on the Status of Malton's Museums

Presented to His Excellency, the Honourable Minister for Culture & Antiquities, Maltonian Government-in-Exile


Contributer(s):  Howard Munoz, Employee No. 6458A2 


Enclosed within, find my reports on the status of the various museums of Malton, as recorded during my ordered survey of the city's buildings deemed of notable cultural value. — H. Munoz, 64582A

Roywood

Museum Name:  The Oakes Museum 
Inspected On:  22 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  African sculptures 
Report: Although unoccupied at the time of inspection, residents of Dakerstown appear to have banded together to protect the museum's collection from damage by the roving street gangs that have arisen since the city's ill-advised quarantine.

No damage to the various displays was observed. The only major damage observed was in conjunction to the building's gift shop; a large number of this locations shelves appear to have been used to form some sort of crude barricade, making entry to this building by normal means impossible. It is likely that only minor repairs will need to be done to make this location available to the general public again, once the quarantine is lifted.


Dakerstown

Museum Name:  Martland Museum 
Inspected On:  22 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Waxworks 
Report: Although external conditions appear more favourable in Roywood than Dakerstown, internal conditions at this location are a marked decrease over the Oakes Museum.

Upon arrival, a small shanty town was found to have sprung up within the museum's lobby. As before, the gift shop appears to have been looted to provide for a makeshift barricading solution. In contrast, a number of the larger waxworks appear to have been utilised in the construction of this impediment to entry. It is likely that the majority of these can be recovered, although a number show what appear to be teeth marks, and may be damaged beyond any hope of repair.



Museum Name:  The Carslake Museum 
Inspected On:  23 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Toys 
Report: As before, gift shop has been destroyed to construct makeshift impediments to entry. Although a group of citizens had taken up residence, the majority of exhibits appear to be intact. This is likely due to their relatively small size, and the lack of children among the squatters.



Museum Name:  The Vellacott Museum 
Inspected On:  23 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Contemporary paintings 
Report: Piled chairs and benches proved less of a problem at this location, and access was able to be gained from the street.

A number of the more valuable paintings listed in the collection appear to be missing, but the sole citizen spotted in this location had no information regarding their whereabouts.


Peddlesden Village

Museum Name:  Hockey Museum 
Inspected On:  23 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Conceptual paintings 
Report: Although the building appeared, from the outside, to have been undisturbed — the doors were still locked, and no makeshift barrier had been erected — damage to the interior was considerable.

Upon gaining entry to Peddlesden Village's only museum, a small gang of local hoodlums was found to be residing in the museum itself. Entry was likely gained through one of the many broken windows observed during inspection. Those paintings which were still present had been vandalised beyond repair — many with what appeared, upon cursory inspection, to be various bodily fluids.

Although the museum is likely repairable, all items in its collection should probably be considered permanently lost or destroyed.


Dunell Hills

Museum Name:  Pettman Museum 
Inspected On:  23 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Works of a cubist artist 
Report: As before, locals appear to have erected a makeshift barrier in front of the museum doors. Entry was forced to be gained from a neighbouring auto repair shop. Inside, the museum was found to be relatively undamaged, save for the use of various larger items (chairs, tables) to construct the public-safety-hazard.

Although all the items listed appear to be present and accounted for, this author's lack of knowledge of Cubism prevents him from making any evaluation as to the what, if any, damage these pieces have sustained.



Museum Name:  Heal Museum 
Inspected On:  23 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Works by conceptual artists 
Report: Although — like this suburb's other museum — a makeshift barrier had been erected, a moderate amount of climbing permitted access from the street.

Perhaps owing to its relative isolation, this museum appeared relatively untouched, with no missing paintings, and only minor damage to a small number of those on display. Current observations suggest that this may represent the best choice for commencing the re-opening of Malton's museums once the quarantine is lifted.


Owsleybank

Museum Name:  Hyson Museum 
Inspected On:  23 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Works of an Eastern European artist 
Report: Condition at this museum is, by far, the worst encountered as of this time.

Heavy structural damage, caused both by locals errecting the customary barricade, as well as by vandals and looters. The majority of the listed collection is missing, and that which remains is damaged beyond any hope of recovery.



Museum Name:  Troakes & Cother Museums 
Inspected On:  23 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Conceptual sculpture & African art 
Report: Although conditions at the Troakes Museum were found to be as expected (minor damage to museum infrastructure in erecting a makeshift barrier, some looting and vandalism), conditions at the meighbouring Cother Museum bypass those previously found at the Hyson Museum in terms of severity.

Most of the museum infrastructure is destroyed, and the pile at the entrance appears less of a barrier to entry, and more as the end-result of unconstrained vandalism and looting. Although conditions in the interior prevented a precise evaluation of the collection's status, it is likely safe to assume that all items previously contained within are either missing or destroyed.



Museum Name:  Pitts Museum 
Inspected On:  27 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Waxworks 
Report: Large sections of the building's super-structure damaged to create makeshift barriers. Exhibits heavily vandalised. Attempted to question squatters about this, but their hybrid-English made communication impossible. Suggest providing translator during any further visits.



Museum Name:  Russel Museum 
Inspected On:  27 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  European paintings 
Report: Museum in terrible condition. Squatters included one citizen believed to be wanted for murder, along with what appeared to be his twin. A heavy police presence will like be necesssary prior to attempting to repair this location.


Grigg Heights

Museum Name:  Russel Museum 
Inspected On:  27 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Abstract works 
Report: Museum was deserted upon arrival. No barrier of any sort was encountered, and even the standard security procedures had been bypassed. Contrary to what this would seem to imply, the collection itself was in good condition, with very few pieces missing. It should be noted that this exhibit was one of the least popular in Malton prior to the quarantine, and is likely for this reason that the majority of works remain.

Upon completion of inspection, doors were closed and locked, as per policy.



Museum Name:  Wriford Museum 
Inspected On:  27 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Works by an impressionist artist 
Report: Severe structural damage incurred, liked caused by the squatters who have erected yet another makeshift barrier across the entry-way. Unlike the neaby Russel Museum, a fair number of works appear to have been looted.



Museum Name:  Estmond Museum 
Inspected On:  27 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Works by a conceptual artist 
Report: The number of squatters present is much lower than some other locations; perhaps for this reason, the makeshift barrier was found to be less difficult to navigate past than other locations. Some damage to the collection from what appears to be bodily fluids — a fact attested to by graffiti found throughout the building.


Crooketon

Museum Name:  Lawler Museum 
Inspected On:  28 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Pottery 
Report: Although the museum itself is in good condition, the exhibit has been shattered. It is possible, given an extended period of time, that experts may be able to piece together some of the exhibits from among the broken shards, but this would likely be an expensive and time-consuming task.



Museum Name:  Shenton Museum 
Inspected On:  28 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  European art 
Report: Conditions appear to be worsening as the inspection moves further into Crooketon. Street gangs are becoming more noticable, and appear to have taken over many of the buildings nearby. However, despite this, the museum still appears to be unvandalised.

As usual, makeshift barricades have been errected from parts of the souvenir shop, but the majority of works are still present.


Nixbank

Museum Name:  Seaman Museum 
Inspected On:  28 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Scientific history 
Report: Perhaps due to the lower profile of the exhibits held here, there appears to be less vandalism and looting than in other museums. Likewise, the barrier to entry was smaller than other museums, and access could still be gained through the front entrance.



Museum Name:  Lord Museum 
Inspected On:  28 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Contemporary art 
Report: Although relatively undamamged, the Lord Museum appears to have been broken into during the quarantine. Upon arrival, all security devices and locks had been disabled, and the majority of the collection was found to be missing. The squatters, customary at most other museums, were not found to be present here.

Although it is too late to prevent further thefts, the doors were closed and locked following the completion of inspection and inventory, as per policy.


Foulkes Village

Museum Name:  Boon Museum 
Inspected On:  28 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Abstract art 
Report: Upon gaining entrance, portions of the museum interior were found to have been virtually demolished. Heavy damage was observed to walls and floors, and only a single work from the formerly substantial collection could be found within the building.

Notes have been taken regarding the squatters observed, and it is suggested that they be detained and questioned following the removal of the quarantine.



Museum Name:  Gullis Museum 
Inspected On:  28 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Works by an European artist 
Report: The conditions in the Gullis Museum mirrored those in the previously mentioned Boon Museum: heavy damage to interior, and a wholesale theft of the museum's collection. Unlike Boon, no squatters were observed inside. It is as yet unknown whether the neighbouring Kirwan Museum will exhibit the same conditions found in Foulkes Village's other museum.



Museum Name:  Kirwan Museum 
Inspected On:  28 February 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Impressionist sculpture 
Report: Although structural damage is less than Boon and Gullis, wholesale theft of the artwork previously contained within has likewise occurred.

The squatters appeared obstinate and uncooperative when questioned about the whereabouts of the mising artwork.


New Arkham

Museum Name:  Franklin Museum 
Inspected On:  08 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Conceptual paintings 
Report: Although this museum appears to be in better condition than some others, despite higher-than-normal levels of obstructions of entry, the local squatters appear to be more aggitated than other places. Whilst inspecting, several squatters ran in and out, babbling something about Zs (likely the name of some rival gang) being in the neighbouring hospital.

As rivalries among the city's less-desirable citizens are not my concern, this tip was ignored.


Museum Name:  Keyford Museum 
Inspected On:  08 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Pottery 
Report: As before, the pottery is largely shattered. Although the relative isolation of this museum, along Malton's borders, meant that the pieces are likely repairable.

The museum was deserted when I arrived, but as always extreme barriers to entry had been erected.


Old Arkham

---No museums present in suburb.---


Ruddlebank

Museum Name:  Dobson Museum 
Inspected On:  08 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Cubist sculpture 
Report: None of the contents of this museum are present, and the damage to the museum infrastructure is heavier than in most other locations. Only a single squatter was spotted, and it is unlikely that he alone is responsible for this much destruction.

It is unknown whether the other museum in Ruddlebank will exhibit these same qualities.



Museum Name:  Honeybone Museum 
Inspected On:  08 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Impressionist sculpture 
Report: As feared, conditions at this museum mirror those at the Dobson Museum. If there is any bright point, it is that the infrastructure appears to have sustained slightly less damage than the Dobson.


Wykewood

Museum Name:  Dement Museum 
Inspected On:  08 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Cubist sculpture 
Report: Conditions in this museum mirror those at the Honeybone, even down to the size of the impediments to entry.


Mornington

Museum Name:  Olding Museum 
Inspected On:  08 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Waxworks 
Report: Saints be praised! Although the standard makeshift barrier exists, with the corresponding damage to the museum infrastructure, the collection itself appears to be largely undamaged and unlooted. No squatters were present in thsi building, which causes me to wonder as to the purpose of these barriers.



Museum Name:  Edgecombe Museum 
Inspected On:  08 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Conceptual paintings 
Report: The horror! Although no barriers were observed, the museum infrastructure is in terrible condition. Numerous bullet holes, along with what appear to be the marks of some large animal, cover the walls and paintings.

What, upon cursorary inspection, appears to be bodily fluids, was found splattered throughout the building. A single member of the exploding gang population] was sitting in the lobby, but refused to answer any of my questions. I locked the doors following my inspection, but it is likely that the museum itself is already unrecoverable.



Museum Name:  Woodyatt Museum 
Inspected On:  08 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Contemporary paintings 
Report: What is with this suburb? Like the Edgecombe, this museum appears to have been highly vandalised by the roving gangs of street punks that infest this suburb.

The collection is likely unrestorable, and the museum itself will require extensive repair. The street punk present proved unco-operative when I questioned him, prior to bedding down for the night. Perhaps he shall be more talkative in the morning.

As before, the doors were unlocked. An oversight that I rectified prior to turning in for the night.


Reganbank

Museum Name:  Pope Museum 
Inspected On:  09 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  African sculpture 
Report: Oh dear deity-of-choice! The street punk in the Woodyatt Museum actually had the gall to bite me while I was sleeping. When I left, I think he was chewing on some of my flesh that he had managed to detatch. I shall have to find a hospital before this gets infected.

Ignoring this, the Pope Museum has been heavily vandlaised, similar to those in Mornington. The artwork is chipped, scratched, and otherwise damage, and a thin film of bodily fluids (mainly blood) covers most of the building interior.

In my disorientation, it is quite likely that I forgot to lock the doors behind me as I left.



Museum Name:  Egan Museum 
Inspected On:  09 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  African art 
Report: On the surface, the Egan appears to be in a condition similar to that of the Pope. However, upon clearing away the layer of blood that coats everything, it becomes obvious that the majority of the museum's collection was removed by thieves. Should the pieces be found in an undamaged condition, it is likely that the exhibit can be reopened elsewhere following the lifting of the quarantine.

One of the suburbs many gang members was squatting in this museum when I inspected it. Following my last encounter, I thought it wise not to agitate him, and quitely closed the doors and left.



Museum Name:  Corben Museum 
Inspected On:  09 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  African art 
Report: Conditions at the Corben mirror exactly mirror those at the Egan, which was hosting a sister exhibit at the time of the quarantine. Although the building was deserted, the doors were still open, a situation which I rectified prior to leaving, as per policy.



Museum Name:  William Museum 
Inspected On:  09 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Works by an impressionist artist 
Report: Unlike the neighbouring Corben Museum, the William Museum still retained a substantial percentage of its collection, although most suffered from light damage.

Likewise, the pedestrian obstruction at the front entranceway appeared almost half-hearted in nature, and proved to be no great difficulty in bypassing. A pair of potential looters were spotted squatting in the building, and they were duly warned of their trespassing prior to my leaving.



Museum Name:  Haste Museum 
Inspected On:  09 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Works by an European artist 
Report: It would appear that the William was an exception among Reganbank's numerous museums, as virtually none of the pieces in the Haste's collection remain.

As at the William, the makeshift barrier appears half-hearted, and will likely take little time for cleanup up crews to remove.


Molebank

Museum Name:  Reginaldus Museum 
Inspected On:  09 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Umbrellas 
Report: Umbrellas?! Umbrellas?! If it wasn't for the fact that the collection matches the inventory list, then I'd have said that some prankster had replaced the entire collection with umbrellas.

It would appear that the looters, omnipresent in Reganbank have either not reached as far north as Molebank, or were just as puzzled by the umbrellas as I am, as the entire collection remains.

The standard large obstruction blocking use of the main entrance, which was standard in the other visited museums other than Reganbank has returned, and with it the heavy damage to the museum's infrastructure.



Museum Name:  Dimon & Austwick Museums 
Inspected On:  09 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  African art 
Report: It would appear that the looters have in fact penetrated into Molebank, as the Dimon and nearby Austwick marks yet another set of African exhibits that completely missing — unusual, due to the low popularity of these exhibits prior to the quarantine.

Standard infrastructure damage, and a large crowd of squatters, who were duly warned.


West Becktown

Museum Name:  Bawn Museum 
Inspected On:  15 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Abstract art 
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Museum Name:  Gotch Museum 
Inspected On:  15 March 2006 
Exhibit at Time of Quarantine:  Conceptual art 
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A CALL FOR HELP!!!!!! Sorry to interrupt you guys here. I have been sent to make contact to any group who could help us in this dire time. We, the Beacham Museum Caretakers, have been in charge of the Beacham Museum for a while now. But a few days ago a new group appeared in Lockettside who apparently just hates culture and art. They threathened to PK us if we continue operating. And they have even PKed one innocent visitor who was just asking about the museum. We need help... We are a group of innocent and peacefull artists who want to avoid violence. We could use any help we can get to face this menace to all Malton Citizens. --Eek x 22:30, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

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