The Society of Antiquaries

While I was at the Royal Academy, I was always very aware of the benefits of having a 999-year lease, while the other Learned Societies in the Burlington House courtyard were having to spend a disproportionate amount of their time and energies negotiating their leases from the Department of Communities and Local Government. This is an argument which seems to go round and round between the societies, the Treasury, and the department as their current landlord. Since the Society of Antiquaries, much more than any of the national museums, has devoted itself for over three centuries to the study and investigation of British history, maybe Oliver Dowden could devote some of his interest in British history to solving it by way of a private conversation with Robert Jenrick. A quick way to solve a real problem and win public applause.


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