Would that this were true of our cathedrals, most of which have kiosks and cash registers cunningly designed to relieve visitors of a not inconsiderable "contribution". Sadly, unless there is a change in the attitude of the state to the funding of these ancient and costly-to-maintain buildings the present entrance charges will continue and inevitably will increase. Deans and chapters can no longer manage without them.
Encouraging visitors to make contributions into free-standing collection boxes does not produce a comparable income. The reality is that enriching and mind-broadening experiences, even of a spiritual nature, can be had only at a price.
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