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.

Sunday, 5 September 2021

National Maritime Museum succumbs to the woke

For the sake of my emotional well-being, my peace of mind, blood pressure and those around me I usually merely take note rather than react to the assault of the woke upon statues and art objects. However I came across such a crass example of authorities bowing before this iconoclastic nonsense that I feel compelled to share it. 

The story is on the Telegraph website and concerns an item in the splendid National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. One must hope that publicity will lead to a rethink there. That said one does wonder when this cultural war against harmless objects in museums and elsewhere will stop. We hear politicians and experts criticising such craven behaviour but when will someone do something to redress the balance?

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