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Thread #130895   Message #2948916
Posted By: Jack Campin
21-Jul-10 - 07:53 AM
Thread Name: Vaughan Williams Memorial Library & its importance
Subject: RE: Vaughan Williams Memorial Library & its importance
I live near Edinburgh. I go to London every few years. I've never been to Crewe in my life and last visited Birmingham in 1977 and Leicester sometime around 1980.

London is the one place in the UK you can get to fairly easily from anywhere else in the UK. For most other places, the public transport system forces you to go through London to get there. (I wanted to go to the Malcolm Douglas commemoration in Sheffield - it would have taken me twice as long as getting to London and would have cost much more, despite being half the distance).

I can see the point of collecting contemporary material, but only the sort that will not "stand the test of time" - football songs are the obvious example. Who else is going to preserve stuff that will never be published or commercially recorded? But someday somebody's going to want to know about it, as a mirror of the world we're living in now.