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Thousands of listed buildings under threat from cash cuts

Thousands of magnificent listed buildings and sites are in a state of disrepair despite evidence that they enhance cultural life and boost the economy.

Arts chiefs furious over 4.6 per cent funding cut

The Government has reneged on its early commitment to the arts with a funding settlement which will destroy all the progress of recent years, cultural leaders said yesterday.

Rare photographs show the Crystal Palace in all its Victorian splendour

The Crystal Palace represented the apex of Victorian achievement, a high temple to technology, commerce, empire and the natural world, and the odd concrete dinosaur. But it was destroyed in Britain's largest peacetime fire, three years before the outbreak of the Second World War.

Thousands take part in campaign to save streets from clutter

An army of 220,000 Women's Institute and conservation group members was mobilised yesterday to help rid Britain's streets of clutter, misplaced signs and ugly paving schemes.


English Heritage has proved itself, paradoxically, an organisation in tune with the times. The idea of resurrecting the defunct post of court jester is a good one, because the number of people willing to speak truth to power these days (with or without a funny hat) is falling. And besides, everyone likes a good laugh. But who is suitably qualified to fill this important role? Perhaps the Football Association, after it has completed its inquiry, could put forward a suitable candidate. After all, has there ever been a collection of clowns to rival the present incumbents of Soho Square?

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