Letter: Building on Lottery

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The Independent Culture
Sir: At the Heritage Lottery Fund we were heartened by Sir Roy Strong's article "Learning to love the lottery"(20 November).

We were a little disappointed, though, to read that he feels "there is not one major building to show for all that new money". There are not enough new buildings, but there are some.

The Heritage Lottery Fund cannot make new buildings a priority, because our first duty is to protect and enhance what we have inherited, but from time to time we are able to help fund a new enterprise. Indeed the same edition of The Independent reported that one of them, Sir Norman Foster's American Air Museum at Duxford, had just won the Stirling Prize for Architecture.

We have also supported Richard MacCormac's Ruskin Library in Lancaster and the splendid Museum of Scotland building to be opened next week in Edinburgh. We joined the Arts Council in helping to fund the Lowry Centre in Salford and we have approved in principle the funding of a landmark maritime museum building in Falmouth.

Our colleagues in other organisations which distribute Lottery money could certainly point to other examples.

Dr ERIC ANDERSON

Chairman

Heritage Lottery Fund

London SW1

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