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National Trust branded 'ridiculous' for covering up paintings of men

Exhibition aiming to celebrate life of Margaret Armstrong hid artworks with male subjects

It was designed as an exhibition to promote the role of women and celebrate the life of Margaret Armstrong, the wife of a 19th-century industrialist. But instead of filling her grand country hall with artefacts about her life, the National Trust decided to cover up artworks that featured men.

Visitors described the project as “ridiculous” after paintings were covered with sheets and statues wrapped in bags. It was reported that staff at Cragside in Northumberland had to empty the comments box several times a day due to the volume of complaints.

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