British cultural sites receive government support

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The UK government has approved funding for a National Film Centre on London's South Bank, as well as extensions to the Tate Modern and British Museum. Among the supported projects is the planned extention to the British Museum to provide new conservation and exhibition spaces. Funding of £22.5m has been granted towards the £125m needed for the extension.

At the moment, the British Museum's conservation, science and storage facilities are spread across the Bloomsbury site. Many are in the basements of the terraced houses in Montague Street. The new Centre will provide purpose built facilities that can bring the conservators, scientists, exhibitions and collection storage closer together so their work can be even more effective.

The new facilities will ensure that the Museum continues to care for and research its collection for the benefit of present and future generations. It will enhance its educational role and will increase the amount of training it can provide for colleagues from around the world. Also in the new centre will be a dedicated temporary exhibitions space.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the funding highlighted the government's "continuing support for the arts". It follows concerns that high-profile projects would be hit by budget cuts.

Government funding for arts projects -- BBC website

The British Museum project -- The British Museum website