Should we spend £30 million on preserving the decaying tape of the British Film Archive or restoring the fire damaged Cutty Sark?
The Cutty Sark v The British Film Institute National Archive
Dr Colin White - Cutty Sark
Terence Davies - BFI National Archive
Director Terence Davies (Distant Voices,Still Lives,The Long Day Closes, The House of Mirth) argues that the BFI National Archive is in urgent need of help to prevent its thousands of reels of film from decaying, whereas Dr Colin White (Director of the Royal Naval Museum) advocates that the historic tea clipper the Cutty Sark should be restored to its former glory following this year's fire.
Which National Treasure deserves £30 million?
Mark Fisher - Labour MP and former Arts Minister
Martha Lane Fox - Co-founder of Lastminute.com and now non-exec director of Marks and Spencer and Channel 4. Martha's latest venture is in the karaoke business, with Lucky Voice.
Robert Hewison - Critic, cultural historian and associate of the think tank Demos.
Larry Phillips - Decision analyst.
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