Letter: Whose heritage?
Thursday 02 December 1999
The Fund has in fact done an enormous amount to save works of art for the nation. It has now given more than pounds 60m worth of support for acquisitions to national and regional museums in all corners of the UK.
The Fund currently sets aside pounds 10m a year to this end. Trustees are quite able, however, to draw on a contingency if that is needed. Indeed, I point to the recent grant of pounds 7.6m which helped the National Galleries of Scotland to buy the Gosford Botticelli as proof that the system works, in this case with the applicant, the Fund and the Government working together to secure this great work for the nation.
Conversely, I should observe that the Fund did not receive applications for the Rembrandt, the Poussin and the Fra Bartolomeo to which the article referred.
I am also concerned that the word "heritage" seems to signify only works of art, and that the crisis is only here. What about the UK's dilapidated townscapes and endangered habitats?
Lottery funding for the heritage must be spent here, too, on projects of both local value and national importance, in order to benefit communities up and down the country. It is therefore absolutely right, as Chris Smith says, that the Heritage Lottery Fund should have a balanced portfolio.
Dr ERIC ANDERSON
Chairman National Heritage Memorial Fund
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Sabina Altynbekova, the girl branded 'too good looking' for volleyball, says social media obsession with her is a 'bit much'
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- < Previous
- Next >