We support free access, as do the thousands of signatories to a petition collected outside museums and galleries all over the country. This petition was presented to Mark Fisher in January, who on that occasion stated his wish to see all core collections free by the year 2000. As the new arts minister he is soon to receive an addendum to the petition, signed with new hope that this will happen.
We are glad to know of the Government's urgent review of charging. The value of free entry far exceeds cost in terms of Britain's regeneration. The entry fee is a moribund tax, turning visitors into customers and thus changing the nature of the relationship between the people and the arts and sciences.
Visual Artists' Branch, BECTU
The Earl of CLANCARTY
Director, National Campaign for
Director, National Association for Gallery Education
President, Arts and Heritage Group, PTC Union
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