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MILLENNIUM MONEY GROWS ON TREES The year 2003 dawns, and millennium funding blunders on. Large cultural institutions, flexing their new-found fundraising muscles, keep pumping lottery lolly into Britain’s museum and gallery-building boom. Following the success of its revamped British Galleries (?31m, half lottery-funded), the V&A is embarking on a scheme to reorganise its whole 12.5 acre site, starring Daniel Libeskind’s notorious spiral. This will cost ?150m, more than the entire Tate Modern (a mere ?134m) or the British Museum’s Great Court (?100m). Who wangles these deals? The V&A poached Ian Blatchford, the Royal Academy’s much admired finance director, and its…

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