The Clink Museum, which stands on the site of the famous prison, is facing a battle to survive as the museum’s founder tells us he’s “very worried” for its future. Ray Rankin told the Londoner: “If that happens a piece of our history would be lost.”
A fundraising page has been set up to help save the Southwark museum, which commemorates an institution so notorious it became slang for prison itself. “If you say to an American you’ll end up in the clink they know it means jail,” Rankin said.
Though the museum has a blue plaque it receives no public funding and says it has faced “a drastic loss of income”. The original building was founded in 1144 and existed for over 600 years, initially as part of an area free from most laws. The modern museum was founded in 1988.
Aimed at schoolchildren, it contains prison objects you can “touch and pick up”, such as “manacles, neck clamps, swords, and braces”. But now its owners fear the site becoming “yet another coffee shop”.
MUSICIAN Ray BLK says “as a black person, you have to be twice, three times as good to get the same level of exposure or success… I wasn’t allowed the grace to be mediocre because I’m a black woman.” She also told Music Week that she felt pressure to carry herself “so others don’t continue to smear us, shame us, misinterpret us”. Will that change now?
LEE CHILD recalls an awkward radio interview in America. He heard the DJ announce they were looking forward to talking to Lincoln Child. The author tells Prospect, “I had 60 seconds to figure out how not to embarrass the DJ or myself. As it happened, I knew Lincoln Child and his books… so for three minutes on Denver radio, I simply impersonated him.” A man who loves a thrill.
David Davis, who recently posted a photo of himself in a fetching face mask, tells us the houndstooth pattern covering was not only made by a constituent of his, Julian Hakes,, but is created “from the same sort of material that hospital curtains are made of … Shield Plus.” The former Brexit Secretary explains “the surface kills coronavirus”. He added “We’re going to all wear up wearing these all the time.” Fashion and function, what’s not to like?
Roger Gale marked his 37 years in the Commons with a series of recollections about his time as a politician, especially when he came down with a bump on his first day arriving at Parliament itself. The Tory MP for North Thanet proudly told a policeman on the gate: “I am a Member of Parliament.” “He looked at me kindly but quizzically and said, ‘Yes sir. We’ve got 650 of those here. Who are you?’”
Silver silk, pretty in pink and the Stars and Stripes
Model Helena Christensen dug out her old glad rags, aka her “vintage silver silk Dior”, to donate to a charity auction. And Strictly star Oti Mabuse posed with a glamorous hair-do and bow combination. British-born Queer Eye star Tan France officially became a US citizen, while Olympian Tom Daley said he was working on becoming “a better ally to the black community”.