What's wrong with the National Trust? (ctd.)

April 26 2015

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Yet more from me on beanbag-gate, this time for a comment piece in The Art Newspaper. Apparently the Trust are going to run similar 'experiments' at nine other properties. Who knows what we'll find next? Readers are invited to keep a sharp lookout, and to keep me posted.

AHN was also quoted in The Independent today.

I thought for a brief moment of standing for election to the National Trust's 50+ strong governing Council (which as far as I can see has no professional art historians on it), but have missed the various deadlines. Although I definitely would not be seeking to be an approved candidate, even those who want to stand without first being vetted by the Trust (that's the point at which they weed out anyone who might ask awkward questions) have to go by the same timescale as the 'approved' candidates. The deadline for that was in February, even though the election is not until the end of this year. Oh well, maybe next year.

By the way, my rather ancient blog management system managed to delete a large chunk of my original post on the Ickworth beanbags, together with many excellent comments from readers. I'm sorry about this, and am trying to fix it, but it's not looking hopeful.

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