Gambling On Culture

The Heritage Lottery Fund has made an impact on culture. But what kind of impact? “So what has HLF achieved in the past ten years? Has it been too conservative? Or too politically correct? Is it right that a non-governmental body, funded by our gambling appetite, should be the last refuge for Britain’s most important distressed buildings, artworks and natural environments? And has the HLF’s change of direction since Labour came to office meant support for too many “inclusive” projects at the expense of the more traditional kind? The HLF has presided over a decade of unrivalled munificence towards the heritage world – £3.33bn awarded to 1,680 projects throughout Britain.”