The interpretation of history (3)

I have been looking in the press for reports of the meeting of Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with museum directors to tell them how to run their museums. But although the meeting was much trailed in advance and we were told by the Sunday Telegraph what its conclusions were going to be, the only report so far is Dowden’s own Twitter feed which says that ‘it was a very productive conversation about protecting heritage for future generations’ in which – this reads like a slight parody of Whitehall practice – it was ‘agreed to set up a working group & produce guidelines to put the govt’s retain and explain policy into practice, so that more people can engage with our shared practice’. It sounds as if the lion might (very sensibly) have turned into a mouse.

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