A reader spammed my last post with a link to the Save the Judges’ Lodgings Museum in Lancaster, but before deleting it, I followed the link and discovered that it’s not just the future of the museum that’s in jeopardy, but also the largest collection of Gillows furniture on permanent display.
I would urge everyone to at least take the time to read about the museum’s plight.
What a shame. When the economy goes bad, the first thing to go is the humanities. Worst-case scenario: if you’re freezing to death and you are out of firewood, you would sacrifice that stash of select, furniture grade wood you had been saving for years.
Freezing to death and no wood is an extreme circumstance.
Nobody, and I mean nobody, loves Chippendale more than I, but if I’m freezing to death, the Diana and Minerva commode is going into the fire.
The loss of humanities that you decry however, is done without a second thought or a moment’s hesitation by philistines. It is usually alarming to discover the trifles that underlie decisions of this type.