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Goodison, Nicholas (10 of 46) National Life Stories: City Lives
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Goodison, Nicholas (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)
Part 10 (tape 5 side B): More about joining Courtauld board; about the building in Gordon Square; about his first meeting and his disappointment. Courtauld Institute part of London University which failed to administer it efficiently; plot to appoint NG to chair; his feelings when accepting. The move from Home House to Somerset House; about the architect of latter. William Chambers’ finest rooms. University’s attitude to Courtauld board; the board’s roles. Future of north block of Somerset House; galleries, teaching wings etc. Describes the courtyard there; cars to be removed; restoration of original intended atmosphere. Inland Revenue paying rent to new Somerset House Trust to stay in east and west wings. New charity funded by Treasury and Lottery, Tim Sainsbury to chair; describes projected restoration work and future intentions for vaults housing previous silver (William Arthur Gilbert collection); other possibilities. Talks of the need for Courtauld to raise money for curators etc. About the Wernher Collection from Luton Hoo. About NG’s place in the history of the Courtauld Institute and about the Crafts Council as other end of spectrum. Aims and objects of Council, i.e. raising standards, encouraging good visual arts, design et cetera; helping young craftspeople, mounting exhibitions and so on. How NG came to be involved, and as Chairman. Nine years as trustee of National Heritage Memorial Fund; resigned to take on chair of Crafts Council. Some anecdotes connected with his nine years: visits to Scotland, water testing. Talks about the Lottery vis-a-vis National Heritage Memorial Fund – disapproving view; about bureaucracy of National Heritage Memorial Fund now; thinks Lottery has made a great contribution to flowering of museums et cetera.
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–).