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Malcolm Arnold petition

There is a petition on change.org in support of preserving Malcolm Arnold’s archives, which are apparently slated to be destroyed by a court order:

Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006) was one of the most important British composers of classical music in the 20th century. From 1979 to 1986 he was in the care of the Court of Protection, and for the remainder of his life the Court of Protection and the Office of the Public Guardian played a significant role in his protection as a vulnerable person. Over this period the court accumulated a considerable archive of records, papers and personal correspondence. This collection is of great importance to researchers, biographers and musicologists. Until recently it had been the stated intention of the Court of Protection that these records would be preserved. However, it has now stated that it intends to destroy the entire collection as it believes that all possible options for preserving the records have been exhausted. We urge the government to intervene to prevent the destruction of the records relating to this significant British artist and to ensure that they are lodged in the National Archives.

Being British citizen or resident does not appear to be a requirement to sign the petition. At the time of this writing, it had 4,905 signatures.

Thanks to Darker than Blue for the heads up.

8 Comments to “Malcolm Arnold petition”:

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    Keith Livingstone says:


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    Héctor De San Martín says:


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    Buttockss says:

    Signed, Sealed and Delivered.

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    Gary says:


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    GAVIN MOFFAT says:

    Signed. There must be a University music Department somewhere who would take this material.

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