The Society of Antiquaries of London is very concerned about the long-term consequences of the threatened closure of University Departments in areas of its interest principally, but not exclusively Archaeology, History of Art, and History.  Understanding the past is key to understanding our place in the world. Its practical implications are wide-ranging, delivering heritage-led regeneration and tourism, the public health benefits of informed planning and placemaking, critically informing public policy on social justice and cohesion, and contributing through long-term understanding to modelling and developing responses to climate change. There is thus clear evidence that these subjects, in which UK scholarship is internationally renowned, are not only central to society but are of great economic value. As such, reducing the University provision for them is a matter of concern, and it is important that any such decisions take into account issues of provision nationally, not simply local circumstances.