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What Banham would have said about listing

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It was, I seem to recall, the late Peter Banham who said nearly 30 years ago that one day, when it had outlived its usefulness, Stirling's Cambridge history library would become a wholly unsuitable candidate for listing. Has that moment now come? Judging by your news story (aj 6.5.99), Banham was as percipient as ever. No one is proposing to knock down, or even substantially alter the library, it turns out. Instead, some very minor alterations, including replacing ramps being used by skateboarders, are proposed! Why is it that the authorities always dislike skateboarders? If they have discovered a new use for the library, it might be a reason to argue for is continued existence!

Joan Abbott

St Neots

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