Shaping of Greenwich celebrations

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June 1994: Proposals by Peter Brooke, Secretary of State for National Heritage, for national exhibition to mark the end of the century.

October 95: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Branson interested in hosting celebrations in Greenwich.

February 96: Greenwich wins the right to host the celebration; pounds 200m of lottery money earmarked for the project.

June 96: BT pledges pounds 12m, biggest corporate contribution. Chief adviser Sir Peter Leaven understood to raise pounds 150m from private sector.

November 96: English Partnerships says pounds 20m will buy 294-acre site from British Gas. British Gas to clean up the derelict land for pounds 15m.

December 96: Prince Charles and the Archbishop of Canterbury join forces to attack the Millennium Celebration for lack of spirituality.

June 97: Treasury chiefs urge Prime Minister to scrap the projectr. Prime Minister remains in favour of the dome.

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