Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Distrusting the National Trust

The Special Correspondent has forwarded me these two links to posts on Art History News about the latest idiocies that appear to be taking hold over policy makers at the National Trust. The posts can be read at


Whatever its cause - fashion, middle-class cultural guilt, political correctness or simple old-fashioned stupidity - such ideas do no credit to the Trust, and offer no incentive to join it, or even visit it's very fine properties.

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