• To collude in the minimisation of British history on the grounds of its imagined irrelevance to our rebranded national future, or from a suspicion that it does no more than recycle patriotic pieties unsuited to a global marketplace, would be an act of appallingly self-inflicted collective memory loss.

    Simon Schama (2000). “A History of Britain: At the edge of the world? 3000 BC-AD 1603”, Miramax