Museums and Institutions

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Ancient Libyan statue returned home with the help of The British Museum and HMRC

11 May 2021

A funerary statue from Cyrene (near present-day Shahhat in Libya) dating to the 2nd century BC is being returned to Libya.

Paisley items

Paisley Museum asks public and trade to offer paisley items for new display

06 May 2021

Paisley Museum plans to mark its 150th anniversary with a paisley 'callout'.

Portrait of a Girl by Isaack Luttichuys

National Gallery acquires fourth picture from late art patron via tax scheme

20 April 2021

The National Gallery has taken ownership of a portrait by Isaack Luttichuys (1616-73), the first work by the artist to enter a British public collection.

Artemisia Gentileschi Lucretia

Californian museum acquires Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘record’ Lucretia picture

08 April 2021

The J Paul Getty Museum has acquired a work by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593- c.1654) that had previously sold for a record auction price in 2019.

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Funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies helps Art UK improve access to public art

07 April 2021

Public access to artworks in UK collections has been given a boost with a tie up between Bloomberg Philanthropies and Art UK.

Tamara Karsavina painting

‘Mother of modern British ballet’ portrait sold at Christie’s and donated to Royal Academy of Dance

31 March 2021

A portrait of the 'mother of modern British ballet’ will go on public display this autumn after dance enthusiasts rallied round to bid at auction.

Snail man object

Museums buy more Treasure finds as metal detecting discoveries soar

23 March 2021

Artefacts found buried in the ground by metal detectors across the UK has yet again increased Treasure finds allowing museums to boost their collections.

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Seal gave status to illegitimate offspring

22 March 2021

A wax seal matrix bought at auction by National Museums Scotland has revealed how James V of Scotland (1512-42) treated one of his illegitimate sons.

Portrait of a Gentleman by Isaac Oliver

Portrait miniatures head to Compton Verney from the estate of the late Lady Grantchester

04 March 2021

A group of rare portrait miniatures has been gifted to the Warwickshire art gallery and country house Compton Verney.

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Mail robber’s candid story of seduction and smuggling will go on museum display

01 March 2021

A rare, candid autobiographical account by a soon-to-be-executed 18th century brickmaker has been bought by Horsham Museum.

The Wallace Collection in London

Wallace Collection archive stays open after closure u-turn

22 February 2021

Following an internal consultation – and a public outcry – the Wallace Collection has announced its library and archive will remain open to the public.

Martinware barrister face jug

Second Martinware pottery jug from Ealing theft returned

11 February 2021

A face jug from the Ealing Martinware thefts has been returned – the second piece from the Ealing Council’s collection to be recovered in recent months.

Portrait of June Furlong by George Jardine

Row breaks out over artist model’s estate sale

08 February 2021

A row has erupted over the circumstances surrounding the auction of a collection of Modern British art in Derbyshire in December.

Breguet Four Minute Tourbillon watch

Rare George III watch barred from leaving country in hope it can be bought by a UK buyer

03 February 2021

A £2m pocket watch once owned by George III has been temporarily blocked from export to give a UK institution the chance to purchase it.

Armada map

Saved for the nation: Armada maps are bought with help from Antiques Trade Gazette

01 February 2021

Armada maps stay in UK after ATG story inspires campaign

One of 10 rare maps depicting the Spanish Armada

Armada maps saved for the nation after Navy museum secures funding from grants and the public

28 January 2021

A group of hand-drawn Armada maps depicting a key moment in England’s history have been saved after a fundraising campaign by the Royal Navy museum.

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London dealers sell 12th dynasty Egyptian relief to German museum

13 January 2021

An Egyptian polychrome painted limestone relief from the 12th dynasty has been bought by the State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich, Germany.

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Books by Jane Austen’s favourite poet return home to Chawton House

11 January 2021

Chawton House has bought a rare first edition of Poems by Jane Austen’s favourite poet, William Cowper, which was once owned by her brother.

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West Sussex museum buys Edwardian designs for local church windows from London dealer

30 December 2020

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery has bought a presentation watercolour for three stained glass windows in local church St Peter’s in Cowfold from London dealers Abbott and Holder.

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Record year for Acceptance in Lieu schemes with £65m artworks accepted for the nation

21 December 2020

A record amount of paintings, antiques and historic objects were saved for the nation in lieu of tax in 2020, with £65m of objects accepted.

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