Sir: You report that in Australia the most popular suggestion for celebrating the Millennium received by a federal government survey is writing local history. That makes an interesting contrast with the British Millennium Commission's view that research on, and writing of, local history for permanent publication is "not of sufficient public benefit" to deserve its support. Can it be that our people, unlike the Australians, have lost interest in their country's past because they fear that it has no future?
C R J CURRIE
General Editor, Victoria History
of the Counties of England