Government consults on proposed changes to the Treasure Act 05/02/2019


The Government is proposing to widen the definition of treasure. »more

British Museum launches sophisticated database to spot looted Egyptian artefacts 05/02/2019


Data and curatorial expertise will combine to track thousands of items and spot those with false provenance. »more

DCMS consults on strengthening export deferral rules 09/01/2019


The consultation follows some failed attempts at acquisition, despite successful fundraising by cultural bodies. »more

£27m of acquisitions for the nation through Cultural Gifts and Acceptance in Lieu 09/01/2019


Works range from Pilkington Collection of ceramics and glass to works by Patrick Heron and Lucian Freud and an album of 19th century natural history drawings. »more

British Library and Turing Institute will ‘revolutionise historical research’ with £9.2m project 09/01/2019


The project will evolve new approaches using AI to understand the Industrial Revolution through a huge data set of British Library newspapers and other sources. »more

Fitzwilliam Museum receives £83k from new DCMS Loneliness Fund 09/01/2019


The award is from a cross-sectoral funding stream to support stronger communities. »more

‘Not So Grim Up North’ TWAM publishes the results of its museums and wellbeing project 07/12/2018


Mapping how to do good work in museums with those with dementia, stroke and mental health problems. »more

British Council explores the growth of ‘soft power superpowers’ 07/12/2018


As Western countries invest less in international cultural institutions, Asia and South America are racing to open new centres. »more

Analysing the museum audience: from ‘Facebook families’ to ‘Commuterland culturebuffs’ 07/12/2018


A new Audience Agency report segments museum visitors in revealing ways. »more

NMS plans further work to support collections across Scottish museums 07/12/2018


Supporting curators and evolving knowledge so that collections can be better used by the public - and for international research networks. »more

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