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Sent: 08 July 2003 15:15
Press release from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport
8 July 2003
Arts Minister Estelle Morris Announces Details of Important Cultural Treasures Saved For the Nation
Important works of art - settling tax bills of more than £4 million were saved for the nation last year through the Government's Acceptance in Lieu Scheme, Arts Minister Estelle Morris announced today.
The works, which will now be on public view around the country, include statues from Castle Howard, a sculpture by Barbara Hepworth and a 17th Century lady's bodice.
Estelle Morris said: "Our cultural heritage - as preserved and displayed in our museums and galleries - rightly enjoys a fine international reputation. The Acceptance in Lieu Scheme helps to enrich these public collections by providing important items at no cost to the museums. Thanks to the scheme, items accepted last year will now go on display around the country - in some cases, for the first time - for the enjoyment of all."
The Arts Minister also announced the allocation of four items, previously accepted under the scheme, to museums in London and Cambridge.
The Arts Minister's decisions follow recommendations made by Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries that the items are sufficiently pre-eminent to be accepted by the nation and that they are correctly valued.
Mark Wood, Chair of Resource, commented: "Resource is enormously proud of its role in advising the Minister on the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme which does so much to enrich the collections of museums, archives and libraries throughout the UK, making these wonderful, inspiring objects accessible to the public. This announcement marks another year of great success which has seen almost £40 million pounds of pre-eminent items join the collections of the nation."
For a full list of the objects that have been accepted please visit the Resource website at: http://www.resource.gov.uk/news/press_article.asp?articleid=579
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