Stringent cost-cutting measures have forced English Heritage (EH) to make about 50 employees redundant since the beginning of last June.
The cuts - 'across the organisation at all levels' - were described by an EH spokesman as a key part of its effort to 'preserve core functions' in the face of increasing financial shortages.
The spokesman said that the redundancies were in response to the government's fundingfreeze in 2001 and 2002.
Although ODPM funding will rise with inflation in 2003, it will again be frozen during 2004 and 2005.
The spokesman insisted that EH's key functions will remain well supported. 'If we see a planning inquiry that we feel we should fight, then we will not hesitate to do so, ' she added.
English Heritage is currently fighting the London Bridge Tower inquiry.