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Goodison, Nicholas (6 of 46) National Life Stories: City Lives
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Goodison, Nicholas (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)
Part 6 (tape 3 side B): About Carel Weight and his painting – reasons why NG bought one. His own feelings about art. Carel Weight’s obit in The Times. NG’s toy collection – describes the Russian doll, the Robert Race wooden toy and copy of 19th century idea, figure balancing on pole. About care for the elderly – NG appointed member of the Royal Commission following Government’s manifesto promise. Report required within a year – major problems were lack of reliable statistical information and also confusion caused by bureaucratic anomalies between NHS and DSS. Talks about TSB’s charity work vis-à-vis disadvantaged in community and says why he was invited and why he accepted. Foresees financial problems in future if every need funded out of general taxation or National Insurance levy. Demographic figures re population, age, etc – Government’s attitude nowadays; pension funds, pensioners. Different and new forms of pensions. NG not optimistic about equitable schemes devised for care of elderly; means testing and Government’s new thinking thereon. NG’s view of Prime Minister Blair’s new political stance. About Eddie George (Governor of Bank of England). About National Art Collections Fund founded 1903 by Friends of British Museum – concern about export of major works of art from UK. Describes how Fund functions. Mentions saving the Rokeby Venus for the National Gallery and the Holbein Duchess of Milan. Queen as Patron of Fund attended lunch given by Fund. NG extols work of the Fund and describes conditions imposed when artefacts presented to museums. Talks about his membership since his twenties.
Interview with Sir Nicholas Goodison, Chairman of the Stock Exchange (1976–1988) the TSB Group (1989–1995), the Courtauld Institute of Art, (1982–2002), the National Art Collections Fund (1986–2002), and National Life Stories (2003–).