When the Museum was under construction, I raised the issue of planned charges at Lincolnshire County Council.
I was disappointed with the response but delighted that before The Collection was opened, the Labour Government scrapped entry charges to museums and galleries.
Today, free entry features heavily in promotion of The Collection at Lincoln – which attracted 40,000 visitors in its first three months!
Nationally, free admission has seen visitors to large museums and galleries rise to a record 42 million a year. Before free entry, each visit could cost up to £25 for a family of four.
But now Cameron's Tories want to scrap free admission to museums and galleries which would again make them the elite preserve of a privileged few.
The Tory plan to turn the clock back was revealed in the Mail on Sunday.
The idea was immediately condemned by Tory blogger Iain Dale:
If you were compiling a list of Top Ten Ways of Losing Votes, reintroducing fees to museums and galleries would surely have to be right up there…Later today, the Conservative Leader will launch his 'Save Dave' campaign.
No matter how many spin doctors Cameron employs at £300,000 a year, when his frontbenchers talk of bringing back museum charges, everyone can see the reality:
The Tories are unchanged, unreformed, and in complete disarray.