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'French'portico survives at British Museum

English Heritage last week told Camden council it is satisfied that the troublesome south portico of the British Museum has been improved enough through remedial works to its controversial French stone that it should not be demolished. But commissioners also in effect slapped a fine on the museum's trustees for their 'dereliction of duty'over the affair by advising the Heritage Lottery Fund to withhold an 'appropriate proportion' of its grant offer of £2 million.

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