On one side of an increasingly bitter row are the trustees of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Trust, led by Lord Armstrong, who was Sir Edward\’s private secretary at Number 10 and went on to become Margaret Thatcher\’s Cabinet Secretary, coining the memorable phrase \”economical with the truth\”.
The trustees see no future for the museum. They want to close it to the public, sell the £6 million house and hand over the proceeds to good causes supported by Sir Edward in his lifetime.
On the other side are an increasingly-vocal group of campaigners who want to save Arundells for the nation.
It\’s this \”save for the nation\” bit that grates.
Absolutely no one at all is suggesting that a rather gorgeous Georgian house in the grounds of Salisbury Cathedral is going to be torn down, moved, or even changed in any manner.
So it doesn\’t need \”saving for the nation\”.
The suggestion only is that it be moved from a low value use, as a museum to Sir Edward, to a higher value use: perhaps as a family home. As moving assets from low to high value uses is the very definition of the creation of wealth then perhaps it really ought to go ahead.