And while it's easy to take long-established buildings and organisations for granted, we would all do well to remember that there are only four Tate galleries
in the country - and we are fortunate enough to have one of them!
The Tate galleries in London, of which he is the director, are two of the "national icons" whose future, we are told, ministers are keen to protect.
While it remains uncertain what the consequences might be for the Tate galleries, it is already known one is soon to embark on a pounds 45m refit.
Liverpool is the first of the country's four Tate galleries
to be awarded a Freedom of the City.
A WOMAN'S body dumped in a suitcase was bound and gagged with tape sold only in Tate galleries
Its online gallery can be seen from your living room - 14,000 images come to you from the four Tate galleries
, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St.
From earliest times, the rich and powerful have given large volumes of (usually covered) space to gain respect and adulation from the public: hence, in Rome, the Theatre of Marcellus, the Flavian amphitheatre (Colosseum);  and in the last century, the Frick and the Tate galleries
(one founded on exploitation of steel, the other on West Indian sugar).
It's an article of faith that anything found in the Tate Galleries
must be art.
LONDON'S Tate Galleries
are backing Liverpool's bid to become Capital of Culture 2008.