The debate has largely been stimulated and kept alive by staff in departments of library and information studies, the Department of National Heritage (from a mixture of motives, not all of them sinister), some from the then politicians Opposition, the Library Association, and some sectors and individual members of the general public.
The previous government's response to this report eventually appeared in February 1997 (United Kingdom, Department of National Heritage, 1997) (interestingly, while the Aslib report related to England and Wales, the government's report relates only to England).
It has taken over 20 years to complete the job Summerson started, and this has only been accomplished due to the enthusiasm of Peter Thornton, who retired as curator last April, to funds raised in the US by the Sir John Soane Foundation which supplement money from MEPC, the property company, and the Department of National Heritage
, and to the professional expertise of Ian Bristow, who undertook the archaeological analysis of the ground-floor room to determine the original colours, to architects Julian Harrap and to paint conservator Pauline Plummer.
The Civic Trust first piloted the Heritage Open Days in 1993 at the invitation of the Department of National Heritage
, and it has grown in size and popularity ever since.
I'm not an arm of the Department of National Heritage
It is easy to reel off the list of occasions when the claims of the Midlands have been slighted, ignored or otherwise disregarded by the Arts Council, the Department of National Heritage
, the Millennium Commission and other bodies charged with distributi ng money in support of the country's culture.
Like Mohamed Al Fayed (Mirror, July 15), I'm fighting for V-chips on TVs to block violence and have sent a formal submission to the Department of National Heritage
The Department of National Heritage
has been the leading and enthusiastic sponsor of what is now the National Music Festival since the first such manifestation in 1992.