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British Museum releases further details of independent review into thefts

The review team will now liaise with the police for the criminal investigation

British Museum to digitise collection as one million objects are found to be undocumented

George Osborne, the chairman of the trustees, says the thefts began over two decades ago

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Lipstick and lashes at the Louvre

Lancôme drew inspiration from celebrated works such as the Venus de Milo and the Sleeping Hermaphrodite

After-shock: why the Parthenon Marbles negotiations must continue

Discussions about the return of the ancient Greek artefacts have likely slipped down the British Museum's list of priorities. Here, Alexander Herman, the author of a just-published book on the subject, tells us why the museum can ill afford to neglect the matter for long

Exclusive: first colour photographs shed fresh light on Ethiopia's most treasured icon and its looting by an agent of the British Museum

An Art Newspaper investigation uncovers new details on the infamous seizure in 1868 by Richard Holmes of a 500-year-old painting of Christ, the Kwer’ata Re’esu, which never reached the London institution

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Escape from the British Museum—tale of a teapot returning to China goes viral

Two social media influencers—Pancake Fruit and Summer Sister—are behind the series posted on Douyin

British Museum makes biggest-ever international loan for Ancient Egypt blockbuster in Melbourne

The National Gallery of Victoria’s Pharaoh exhibition will open next year with 500 pieces from the London institution's permanent collection

After ten years, the British Museum’s Reading Room is still out of bounds

Glacial progress being made on reopening the magnificent domed space at the heart of the institution

Colour focus: the third annual Art History Festival offers over 60 free events to the public around the UK

Organisers, speakers and curators see the most diverse festival to date as a chance to demonstrate that art history is central to education and to reading the signals of modern life

British Museum thefts: Mark Jones named interim director of the British Museum

The former V&A director was keeper of coins and medal at the embattled London institution

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No stone unturned in erasing Sackler at the British Museum

An inscription of the beleaguered family's name is set to be removed from a stone lintel

The Week in Art: The British Museum in crisis—an in-depth look

Plus, the Sāo Paulo biennial and Chaïm Soutine in Düsseldorf

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British Museum appoints scientist Carl Heron as acting deputy director

The embattled institution is yet to announce an interim director after the resignation of Hartwig Fischer

'It's time to publish the British Museum's list of stolen items'

Art publications such as The Art Newspaper could offer to publish free-to-access illustrated lists of the 1,500 or more artefacts, says art adviser Ivan Macquisten

British Museum thefts: Chinese state newspaper calls for the return of cultural relics

Article in The Global Times also criticises the UK’s ‘bloody, ugly, and shameful colonial history’

'The last remaining argument against restitution has now been lost'

To make the British Museum fit for the 21st century it must create a comprehensive publicly accessible database of its entire collection, argues Dan Hicks, curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford

Parthenon Marbles deal still on the table despite British Museum theft scandal

Other Greek treasures would come to London in exchange for a loan of the contested sculptures

British Museum director Hartwig Fischer steps down with immediate effect

Fischer, who was set to leave his position next year, made the decision to go now amid the scandal surrounding the theft of objects from the museum's collection

Nigeria doubles down on restitution demands following British Museum thefts

Government official says new claim will be made for Benin Bronzes housed in London

‘I viewed the morning with alarm. The British Museum had lost its charm’

The crisis at the museum raises many questions, including who can take the institution forward from here

The inside job: what the thefts mean for the British Museum's future plans for the collection

Shock losses will have ramifications for the institution's ambitious masterplan, with sponsorship hanging in the balance

Investigation by Martin Bailey. Additional reporting by Alison Cole

British Museum theft: underfunding of UK sector has weakened safeguarding of collections, museums body says

The UK Museums Association also stresses that insider theft is rare—though others disagree

'More than 1,500' artefacts were stolen from British Museum, internal investigation reportedly reveals

A Unesco antiquities trafficking expert says the theft is "probably the worst case so far"

Thefts at the British Museum prompted director’s resignation, say media reports

But Hartwig Fischer stepping down is not linked to the alleged thefts, say fresh sources

Media reports identify objects allegedly stolen from British Museum and posted on eBay

The items include a piece of Roman jewellery—reportedly worth between £25,000 and £50,000—being offered with a minimum price of £40

British Museum imposes 'emergency security measures' after staff member allegedly steals priceless artefacts

The museum in London is reckoning with a huge security breach after admitting that jewellery and gems dating back millennia had been removed from its storeroom without detection

'Knife attack' leads to evacuation of the British Museum in London

Police confirm a man was stabbed close to the entrance on Tuesday morning

British Museum settles case with translator after using work 'without permission, credit or payment'

The London institution will now reinstate Yilin Wang's translations and is reviewing its permissions policy

Artists and cultural leaders call on British Museum to rename BP Lecture Theatre

An open letter urges museum to follow net zero carbon pledge and fully separate from oil giant, which recently recorded $2.6bn in quarterly profit