National Trust under scrutiny

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Worth watching, is this good business sense in a time of Global emergency or the start of posh Air B&Bs at the exclusion of the masses!

The National Trust has stopped public visits to a medieval manor house to focus on renting it as holiday accommodation full-time, as access to properties is quietly limited under cost-cutting measures.
Old Shute House, known as Shute Barton, will focus only on holiday rentals
The National Trust has stopped public visits to a medieval manor house to focus on renting it as holiday accommodation full-time, as access to properties is quietly limited under cost-cutting measures.
Volunteers at four Devon properties have been warned that sites face reduced opening, a booking-only model, repurposing or closure as the Trust tries to reduce operating costs after losing £200 million since the start of the pandemic.
With no public announcement, the heritage charity told staff that visiting access to 14th century manor house Shute Barton will be stopped and the site will “operate solely as a holiday cottage”.
The Shute Parochial Church Council has claimed that only a “select few… with means” could stay in the roughly £2,000 per week suites, and by shutting out visitors to focus on revenue the Trust was "blatantly ignoring its raison d’etre”.
The Trust will also move Overbeck's, A La Ronde, and Loughwood’s Meeting House to a booking-only model, sparking concerns that access to properties across the country could be similarly limited without the public being informed.
Dr Bijan Omrani, acting chair and secretary of Shute PCC, said: “"The National Trust has done its best not to draw attention to these closures.
“I haven't seen any national announcements of which sites are being shut. It makes one ask whether these closures without local consultation are happening elsewhere across the country, under the veil of the pandemic.
“When the lockdown is over and we all want to travel across the country, will we suddenly discover that our favourite National Trust properties are now no entry?"

Concerns come after the charity received criticism for reviewing links between its properties and colonialism, including at Winston Churchill’s Chartwell home, and for risking "dumbing down" history by cutting expert roles and exhibitions in cost-cutting plans.
In a letter from local management, volunteers working at Shute Barton in Axminster were told open weekends for public visits will be stopped in order to manage with “reduced resources”, and they were invited to seek other roles elsewhere.
They were also informed there will be a “substantial impact on our operations” at 20th century garden Overbeck's near Salcombe, 18th century house A La Ronde near Exmouth, and a 17th century Baptist meeting House in Loughwood.
While the options of closure or repurposing were presented to volunteers, the Trust has confirmed that these sites will move to a booking-only model, with more limited opening times to be advertised online.
The letter to volunteers stated that the charity aimed to become “a leaner and more flexible organisation” in order to reduce costs by £100 million annually over the coming years, and would make operational changes after announcing 1,300 redundancies in 2020.
Councillors are concerned that limiting visits to Trust sites will have an impact on the local economy, and a petition has been launched to keep Shute Barton, claimed to have the largest fireplace in England, open to the public.
A spokeswoman for the National Trust said: “Properties will be moving to pre-booked visits, with opening times advertised on the National Trust website.
“We will be sharing further information on our re-opening plans once we are clearer on government guidance.
“Shute Barton will remain as holiday accommodation. We will continue to work with the local community on how we can offer public benefit.
“Except under the most exceptional circumstances all places will re-open to visitors as soon as Government guidance allows this.”
 

MoleBath

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Might be a reasonable idea for a very short period as a fund raising venture to ensure long term future of the property
 

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If a National trust visitor survey asks you to fill in ethnicity etc just answer Jedi Knight.
 

Cold_Collation

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Isn't she just. This says it all really!
Professor Fowler, a historian from the University of Leicester, has previously written a book called Green Unpleasant Land: Creative Responses to Rural England's Colonial Connections.
Given that rural England has trouble even now connecting with the rest of England, colonial connections are a hell of a reach.
 
Given that rural England has trouble even now connecting with the rest of England, colonial connections are a hell of a reach.
I suppose the tenuous link is the amount of packaged crap they leave in the fields and our green and pleasant land. Amazing to think that the ER brigade who are loose family members to WOKE/BLM and the other variants are so vocal yet so appalling at putting their vegan plastic latte cups in bins!
 
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