|About the Book|
In 1834, Lord Melbourne spoke the words that epitomized the British governments attitude towards its own involvement in the arts: God help the minister that meddles with Art. One hundred years later, however, with the onset of World War II, that attitude changed dramatically when cultural policy became a key element of the domestic front . This book traces the evolution of this policy from the creation of the Committee for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts, in 1939, to the drafting of the Arts Councils constitution in 1945. Jörn Weingärtner provides a fascinating account of the powerful policy shift that laid the foundations for the modern relationship between the government and the arts.