Mendham Collection in peril.
On Chris Paton’s blog I read about the selling off of part of the Mendham Collection by the Law Society who it seems think themselves above the law!! Below is the information sent to Chris by Tahitia McCabe from the University of Glasgow’s School of Culture and Creative Arts.
‘Canterbury Cathedral and the University of Kent have joined forces in a bid to prevent a unique historic collection of several thousand manuscripts, early books, and pamphlets being broken up.
The Mendham Collection, which is owned by the Law Society of England and Wales, contains about 5,000 invaluable items including medieval manuscripts, rare books and unique copies of some of the earliest books to have ever been printed. It has been held under the custodianship of the University and Cathedral for nearly thirty years.
Despite an agreement that Cathedral and the University will retain the custodianship of the Collection until the 31 December 2013, the Law Society has given notice of its instruction to Sotheby’s to remove the most valuable items on 18 July 2012 as part of a fundraising drive.’
There’s an online petition to sign at Change.org which is where the above text came from: www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-law-society-of-england-and-wales-stop-the-break-up-and-sale-of-the-mendham-collection.
Please do take a few minutes to sign the online petition it need 5,000 signatures and when I signed had just over 3,000 so at least another 2,000 are needed. Please don’t stand by and allow our precious archives be sold off piece meal.
Chris Paton’s blog http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.nz/