The severely corroded Timeball mast was removed on 16 December 2020. Due to the Covid lockdown, no progress has been made in evaluating the necessary repair action. The most likely option is to manufacture a replacement mast.
It is planned to scaffold the Timeball building in the spring for repairs to the 200 year old structure. This will also include a complete external repaint. It is hoped the building works should be completed along with the mast replacement by early summer. Accordingly, we hope to re-open in early summer on completion of these works.
The mast replacement will be a significant cost which we will share with DDC. As yet we do not know how much it will cost but we believe it will be considerably in excess of £10,000.
Should you wish to make a donation please send it by post to The Treasurer, Deal Museum Trust, Timeball Tower, Victoria Parade DEAL CT14 7BP. Cheques should be payable to Deal Museum Trust. If you are a UK tax payer, it would be very helpful if you would sign our form for Gift Aid - which enhances your donation by 25% - and include it with your donation cheque. The Gift Aid form can be accessed here. Should you have difficulty downloading the form please use the Contact Us link to ask for a form and we will e-mail one to you.