THE MIDSHIRE GAZETTE 23rd July 1886
THE MIDSHIRE GAZETTE
23rd July 1886
Victorian Collectors Promise To Save
England's Folk Treasures
English Heritage and English Ethnic Continuity Preserved -
At first glance it appears that the well-heeled British Victorian gentry have found a new target for their cultural appropriation, and it is a darned sight closer to home than Egypt or Africa.
Down in the English countryside the local yokels have been accosted by various musical and academic types, both male and female, uttering dire warnings about the complete loss of our English folk-arts to progress and industrialisation unless something is done about it now.
The folk-history of our English common-folk ancestors; probably the only thing of value that they could pass down to their children and their children’s children is under threat.
Not just some of our folk-heritage but ALL of our English folk music, folk-song and folk-dance lost and gone forever unless ……. some altruistic beneficiaries come along and save us from cultural and ethnic extinction.
Thankfully, these cultural knights on white horses have offered a solution to thwart the inevitable.
They have suggested that they will take all of our written and oral treasures – musical manuscripts, loose scribblings, electronic recordings, photographs and documented local country dances, Morris dances, and the like and will hold them for posterity.
In case you are wondering dear reader, what exactly “for posterity” means, it means they will be looked after by guardians until they can be returned to the English people in less turbulent, socially stable times. This editorial believes this will most likely be within the next 20 years or so.
Ordinarily, a people would never give up their heritage, their national treasures to total strangers, but in this case they have given their word that all will be returned to us at the earliest possible time.
These music academics however, swear that this action is essential to ensuring the survival of our people, the native people of England, and the traditional English way of life.
They have also sworn that the English people will continue to have ownership of, and free access to, all of the material that they collect and that none of the material will be used for commercial gain of any sort.
The publication wholeheartedly supports this endeavour.
THE MIDSHIRE GAZETTE 23rd Dec 2017
THE MIDSHIRE GAZETTE
23rd December 2017
Victorian Collectors Plunder England's Folk Treasures
- English Heritage and English Ethnic Continuity Under Threat -
We were wrong, and we apologise to Ethnic English folk everywhere.
A hundred years on and the English folk-arts material that was collected by British Victorians has still NOT been fully and properly returned.
For a hundred years it has not been freely accessible to English people who actually still own it.
What is ours has been used by all and sundry for commercial gain.
This is now to be considered THEFT; what today we now call cultural appropriation of the worst kind.
Ethnic English people have been culturally dispossessed for a hundred years and their ethnic identity has been stolen too.
It is time for every private and academic collection to return the English folk-heritage that they stole to the descendants of the English folk that they stole them from.
It does NOT belong to the whole world. It was never gifted It was temporarily entrusted to guardians whose contemporaries have broken the conditions under which it was placed in their care.
Guardians have no right to distribute this material across the internet. They do not own it and they cannot claim that it is lawfully in the public domain. It is NOT.
The material is cultural heritage, the same as any other artefact the belongs to any other race or ethnic group.
The Midshire Gazette demands that you FIND A WAY TO GIVE IT BACK NOW.