Letter: Holloway secrecy

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Sir: As a teacher at Royal Holloway, I have been following the correspondence about the proposed sale of three paintings from the Founder's Collection with great concern. It is still not clear why there is need for such urgency about the sale and such secrecy about the expert advice given to the Charity Commissioners.

The Director of the Tate Gallery, Nicholas Serota, is right (letter, 3 October). Matters of public importance, such as this, must be dealt with on the record.

I hope that the college will halt the proposed sale, as the climate is proving unpropitious, and use the unprecedented publicity that the affair has generated to launch an appeal to preserve the Founder's Building and the Founder's Collection of paintings together.

Yours faithfully,


London, SW11

3 December