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Goodison, Nicholas (11 of 46) National Life Stories: City Lives
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Goodison, Nicholas (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)
Part 11 (tape 6 side A): More about National Heritage Memorial Fund – differences between latter and National Art Collections Fund. His memories, excitements, disappointments. His visit to Hartlepool Harbour and Trincomalee. Chatsworth drawings offered to British Museum. BM were short of £250,000 so drawings sold separately and collection dispersed – NG’s bewilderment as to why British Museum did not approach National Art Collections Fund for help. Talks some more about the Crafts Council and need for more good standard craft shops, names a few existing ones. His definition of ‘craft’ – he anticipates increased blurring between craft and design, re potters’ and sculptors’ already blurring of edges between crafts and fine arts, though still disdain among fine artists. About his other commitments. Fellow of RCA; his collection of crafts and toys – 930 objects now in cupboards and display cabinets. Describes large, wooden toys he has bought, how they work, where bought. Robert Race’s work made from found objects. Gifts to Bethnal Green Museum. How and when collection began when NG aged 19, describes toy he bought himself and explains its appeal. Rules he sets for purchases and what he rules out. Buying the wave machine on show at Festival Hall and presenting it to National Museum of Wales. About the National Lottery, a godsend to charities, has worked miracles for parks throughout the country. Less convinced about Millennium Dome and has various other criticisms. [Side B blank]
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–).