I have been catching up on the discussion surrounding the decision to axe A level art history from 2018. I am a product of A level art history and really appreciated the opportunity to learn in depth the canon of quattrocento art and sculpture, which made a deep impression on me at the time (it was very well taught) and led me to study the subject at university. People were sniffy about it as a subject even then, part of the British belief that people could perfectly well know about the subject without having to study it. But this wasn’t true. Most people didn’t know much about art and didn’t have the language, critical apparatus or familiarity to be able to study it effectively. So, it has been a huge public benefit that there has been a much wider knowledge and appreciation, particularly of contemporary art, of which A level art history is certainly not the sole cause, but a symptom of a more widely diffused understanding of, and interest in, the study of visual histories.