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UK woman philanthropist gives millions to arts groups


Summary of story from Reuters, March 24 2011

A British woman philanthropist, Dame Vivien Duffield,  has donated £8.2 million to 11 cultural organisations throughout Britain.

The recipients are: The Donmar Warehouse; The Holburne Museum, Bath; Kensington Palace; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Museum of Liverpool; National Theatre; Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Cornwall; Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon; Tate Britain; Turner Contemporary, Margate and Whitworth Gallery, Manchester.

Duffield said yesterday that the money was for new children’s learning centres:

“I believe passionately that children and young people deserve the very best opportunities to benefit from the transforming power of our world-class cultural organisations…Now more than ever, I believe that culture should be at the heart of our children’s learning.”

The grants come at a time when British galleries, museums and theatre companies are facing deep funding cuts as the government seeks to reduce its budget deficit and are seeking private sponsorship and financial support as an alternative.

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