Philanthropy - now there's an idea
The museum building belonged to the Towneley family until 1902 when they sold it to the Town Council as they could no longer maintain it. Since then it has been open for the public to enjoy.
I believe that Lyme Regis Town Council were in favour of compulsory purchase of The Three Cups. As Palmers appear to be unable to maintain the building in a safe condition, I would suggest that the town council pursue their resolution with West Dorset District Council who have the power to act in the interest of those who elected them.