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The bad news is that six cathedrals - Canterbury, York, Salisbury, Winchester, Chichester and Lincoln - still need almost £60m between them over the next 10 years. But English Heritage has been forced by a government funding squeeze to scrap a scheme which guaranteed £3m a year for cathedral repairs.

BBC News - Repairing the nation's cathedrals

I went to York University in the late 80s and the cathedral was covered in scaffolding then, both for repairs to the Rose Window and for this type of stonework. It is so sad that our government does not see the preservation of amazing architecture like this as important enough so that they cut the funding.

The programme should see the repair teams get round the whole of the exterior of the building in the course of a century - the custodians of Britain's great cathedrals tend to take the long view.



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Dec. 3rd, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
Times are getting hard in the National Trust too. While long term plans are made it remains concerning, in 30 years time the cost of keeping open the house where I work looks like an enormous challenge. That's why many envisage a merging of English Heritage and the Trust, a sort of pooling of resources, because otherwise things just isn't going to work out. The National Trust for Scotland is already broke, closing some properties, selling off certain antiques.
Heritage just ain't what it used to be.
Dec. 4th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
It is indeed very sad, as are the other effects of the human race on nature. I remind myself that the planet will be here long after we are gone (unless we actually succeed in blowing her up!) and that we do not mourn other extinctions (such as the dinosaurs, for example!) as much as we do the potential extinctions of species that we are familiar with. Humans are inherently selfish and want to leave a legacy behind but also hate to think that some species, building or their life will disappear in the future. Of course, however, they all will. I just need to remember that whilst mourning things in my life that are disappearing one by one. Once I am gone that will matter to fewer people than it does while I am here. Sad but true.
Dec. 5th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
The church is one of the richest organisations in the country. It should damned well look after its own buildings without handouts from the state, just like I need to pay for maintenance of my building. And yeah, some of the buildings are very pretty, but they're hopelessly impractical. If they were actually useful to society, then the state (that is, my taxes) might have a legitimate role to play in their upkeep, but they're useless (yes, useless - smaller churches can be made useful by turning them into homes or pubs or workshops, but cathedrals are just too big to do that without radical changes to the structure). They're nothing but art. The state needs to keep out of art. State-sponsored art tends to stultify.
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