More than £100,000 in cash has been raised in just 24 hours by members of the public to save Margaret Thatcher’s clothes and personal possessions for the nation.
Tens of thousands of pounds more has been pledged to the Thatcher Centre, which will bid for all or part of Baroness Thatcher's collection and display it at the University of Buckingham.
The Victoria & Albert Museum was heavily criticised this week for refusing an informal offer to accept the clothes and some of her personal effects including dresses, handbags and jewellery.
That came despite the V&A accepting an earlier donation of 1,000 clothes – including sportswear and accessories - from Jill Ritblat, the wife of a property developer, and exhibiting some of them.
The centre now has a chance of making on an offer to the executors of Margaret Thatcher's estate and stopping the auction of 300 items - ranging from her wedding dress to her ministerial red box and handbags - going ahead at Christie's auction house in London next month.