Maev Kennedy


Oldest Shakespeare library in the world releases glamorous images from its archive for the Bard's birthday

Shakespeare Memorial Library in Birmingham has dug out stills from A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring Olivia de Havilland and Mickey Rooney

Galway City of Culture programme abandoned

The board of the festival has cancelled its contract with arts production company Artichoke, which was organising the ambitious schedule of outdoor events and public art

This video is spectacular: light show in Irish mountains goes online after coronavirus cancellation

Part of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme, Finnish artist Kari Kola's Savage Beauty installation will not be accessible to the public

Relics in Kent church are remains of 1,400-year old Anglo Saxon princess, carbon dating suggests

If confirmed, Eanswythe's bones are the earliest identified remains of an English saint

V&A dusts off Louis Vuitton trunk of American beauty for handbags exhibition

New conservation brings society hostess Emilie Grigsby's travelling case into limelight after decades in storage

Sent packing: V&A mission to empty 250,000 objects from Blythe House is on target

West London storage centre will be empty by late 2022 following move to state-of-the-art collection centre in Olympic Park

Brighton Pavilion gets its glitter back as fanciful treasures return on long-term loan from the Queen

More of the startling objects collected by George IV will return from Buckingham Palace in early 2020

Portrait commissioned by Charles Dickens, unseen for a century, goes on sale at Sotheby's London

The artist William Powell Frith 'almost collapsed' at the honour of being commissioned by the famous writer to paint his heroine Kate Nickleby

Fresh meat: painting restoration reveals that hunk of beef thought to be cooked was actually raw

The 17th-century work features in a newly opened exhibition on art and food at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

Derelict iron flaxmill is brought back to life in Shrewsbury

Building was considered an audacious architectural experiment when it was built in 1797

Castle opening crowns £150m revival of Bishop Auckland

Millionaire Jonathan Ruffer’s ambitious regeneration of a small former mining town in northern England reveals 1,000 years of history and art

Southampton's new art space takes over tower of 700-year-old city gateway

Exhibition venue and heritage attraction inside Grade I-listed monument God's House Tower is called GHT

Ashmolean Museum show unearths doomed Pompeii's culinary life

The exhibition in Oxford, which contains loans that have never before left Italy, includes a (possible) Roman version of a chamber pot

A rich tapestry of English life unfurls in Oxford with restoration of 400-year-old woven maps

Three huge silk and wool works depicting England’s Midland counties have been painstakingly preserved by the Bodleian Library and the National Trust

New chief executive takes the reins at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art

Steven Parissien is not horsing around as he trots us through the forthcoming programme at the Newmarket museum

Quarries, quarrels and a lesbian affair: the life of sculptor Mary Spencer Watson

The Dorset farmhouse in which she lived with her father, the portrait painter George Spencer Watson, has been recently restored by the Landmark Trust


Victorians in pictures: British Film Institute digitises archive of over 500 early silent films

Conservation experts carefully cleaned the fragile and flammable nitrate film so each frame could be individually scanned

Newly restored Hillsborough Castle brims with clues to its past at the heart of Irish politics

Georgian mansion, the Queen’s official residence in Northern Ireland, has reopened to the public

Battered London tomb of the great French tightrope walker Blondin restored

The 19th-century daredevil is most famous for crossing Niagara Falls 17 times—once with a stove on which he cooked an omelette

Anthony Caro's drawings corrected by Henry Moore to go on show for first time

Exhibition at East Gallery of Norwich University of the Arts aims to demonstrate the relationship between the two artists

New £20m Windermere Jetty Museum launches restored steamboats on the lake

Historic vessels set sail again from wet dock at the heart of the Lake District boating museum

Greenwich's Painted Hall reopens with day beds for visitors to admire 'England's Sistine Chapel'

Two-year restoration of James Thornhill's dizzying Baroque interior was the largest open-access conservation project in Europe

Lost features of John Soane’s dream country home Pitzhanger Manor restored

Architects, conservation experts and paint archaeologists have collaborated on £12m project to reopen west London house

Grandmaster flash of the Mediterranean—Joaquín Sorolla comes to London's National Gallery

The enormously productive painter wielded the fastest of brushes on often huge canvases, suffusing them with Spanish sun and colour

'Canaletto' that was downgraded to £150 now identified as by Michele Marieschi

Painting, which hung on the wall of a Suffolk church, will be sold at Tefaf this year

Spanish art dealer returns carved stones from a Nabatean temple to Jordan

Helped by an Oxford academic, Diego López de Aragón raised the alarm after acquiring the pieces from the estate of a Spanish diplomat and collector

Princess Margaret’s delicate Dior dress conserved for Victoria and Albert Museum show

Stains on the lavishly decorated gown—made for royal's 21st birthday—show that it had gone to some good parties

Churchill's 'strongest link' in the Battle of Britain: new museum tells story of Biggin Hill airfield

Bitter campaign against the new museum, comparing design to concentration camp structure, almost derailed the project

Charles Dickens’s great expectations about his attire

The esteemed 19th-century author was also a renowned dandy whose passion for fashion increased with his fame and fortune

How pioneering climate-change science dated one of Britain's oldest houses

Landmark Trust's restoration finds that oak timber used to build Welsh house was felled in the winters of 1418-19 and 1420-21