Jacquie Clappperton wrote:
>Yes, the English are entitled to a nationally (rather than racially) focused
Unfortunately we're not - England is not a nation-state (and hasn't been since 1707, if I remember my O-Level History correctly) so it can't have a national museum. My suggestion for a Museum of England was contingent on us first getting at least our own national assembly.
Reminds me of a recent enquiry we received here - Is London the capital of England? Of course it isn't - since England isn't a nation-state it doesn't have a capital. I always thought that London (or rather Westminster) was the capital of the nation-state called 'the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland', which is why various 'national' institutions have been based here by default. (On the other hand my local Tax Office for the City of London is in Bradford.)
No-one suggested a 'racially-focussed' museum - I suppose such a concept would be possible somewhere in the world if ever someone succeeds in defining a 'race' without inspiring either persecution or open warfare.
>... but please don't confuse British with English - guaranteed to upset
every other British nation!<
Did anyone on britarch actually confuse British with English? Britarchers usually try to be pretty accurate in the use of such terminology.