Museums & Heritage

Who wants to be the next British Museum director? Post advertised with a salary of £216,000

Successful candidate will have their work cut out for them to restore the institution's reputation after last year's theft scandal

Toronto construction crew unearths ancient Indigenous burial ground

Work on a water line near the city’s Greektown section has turned up human remains believed to be at least 700 years old

How the Townley collection became the British Museum’s ‘forgotten’ marbles

Many of the British Museum thefts of engraved gems and glass pieces, revealed last August, were likely from Charles Townley’s collection

At last, institutions join forces to take environmental action

Major events in London and Tokyo signal a much-needed shift in the conversation around museums and growth, and a move towards significant practical action

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Frick Collection director to retire after $195m renovation

Ian Wardropper has been leading the museum since 2011, guiding it through its renovation and temporary relocation to the former Whitney Museum building

Crime news

Final suspect in string of art and memorabilia heists that nabbed works by Pollock and Warhol surrenders

All nine suspects in the string of heists, which spanned 20 years, are now in federal custody

UK arts funding: Nottingham institutions under threat as Windsor & Maidenhead pledges to maintain arts services

Austerity continues to bite for art galleries and museums as non-statutory cultural budgets are slashed

The National Trust keeps its critics at bay for now, but will the populist threat return this year?

The UK conservation charity has rejected fresh attempts by the activist group Restore Trust to infiltrate its council, but those close to the issue feel the campaigns are likely far from over

Demolition of Marie Curie's Paris laboratory suspended at 11th hour

The move has been welcomed by heritage bodies, but scientists—including Curie's great-grandson—support the construction of a new research centre on the site

Hacked for the holidays: how a late-December cyberattack has affected US museums’ digital collections and archives

The Gallery Systems software used by many cultural institutions has been breached, limiting online access for both museum employees and the general public

UK local council wants to cut all arts funding in latest austerity move

Suffolk County Council wants to slash £500,000 for culture, which could put local museums at risk

V&A and the Met in tug-of-war over £2m medieval ivory

The 12th-century walrus ivory sculpture represents “one of the most culturally and aesthetically significant objects” the UK government’s reviewing committee has handled in the past five years

Acquisitions round-up: stained glass window by Tiffany’s greatest female designer finds new home at the Met

Plus, last Donatello in private hands is sold to Bargello and Courtauld’s Claudette Johnson purchase helps demarginalise Black women

Nazi-looted Dutch Golden Age painting returned to Goudstikker heir

Latest restitution of work by Cornelis van Haarlem is part of years-long campaign to reunite works with family of Dutch-Jewish dealer

Archaeologists discover ancient Pueblo calendar and other petroglyphs in Colorado

The findings, by a team from Poland working inside Mesa Verde National Park, add to our understanding of the 13th-century Pueblan communities

Jack Lang is re-elected chair of the Institut du Monde Arabe, securing his fourth term

The 84-year-old—the only candidate in the running— has extended a Palestinian culture season

UK museums acquire works by Damien Hirst and Claude Monet under tax relief schemes

More than 40 items worth over £52m allocated to galleries nationwide including a £10.5m miniature Renaissance bronze

Van Gogh in 2023: the best-ever series of exhibitions

Other highlights include the dramatic recovery of a stolen painting and an astonishing donation

Creator of TV drama Law & Order donates more than 200 works to the Metropolitan Museum

Dick Wolf gives works by Van Gogh, Bronzino and Artemisia Gentileschi to the New York museum

Metropolitan Museum's deaccessioned George Washington portrait could bring $2.5m at auction

The Gilbert Stuart painting is one of less than 20 versions of the image known to exist

Hidden burial chamber discovered at Tulum Maya site in Mexico

The cavern’s entrance had been concealed by a boulder that appears to have pinned an unfortunate person to the spot when it was installed

Revealed: How British Museum trustees wrestled with ethical and security implications of £50m BP deal

Minutes from trustee meetings dating back to spring of 2023 chronicle the internal agonising before the energy giant’s sponsorship was ultimately accepted

British Museum's long-awaited masterplan includes record £50m BP deal

The controversial ten-year agreement with the oil and gas company will contribute towards the institution's ambitious refurbishment plans

Italian museums undergo mass leadership reshuffle with Eike Schmidt out at the Uffizi

The Florence museum chief has been named director of Naples's Capodimonte with new leaders also appointed in Milan and Rome as part of right-wing government strategy

Mexico’s Maya Train finally leaves the station after years of delays and tripling of costs

The rail network connecting archaeological sites and tourist destinations on the Yucatán peninsula is one of president Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s legacy projects

US authorities return a $3.7m trove of antiquities to Greece

Many of the 30 objects being repatriated are linked to the disgraced dealers Michael Ward and Robin Symes

Caught red-handed: climate activist pleads guilty to defacing Degas exhibit at National Gallery of Art

Joanna Smith faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine

East London's Vestry House Museum to undergo £4.5million redevelopment

The funds to reimagine the museum are part of a wider £17.2m Levelling Up allocation that will help to bolster the district's arts credentials

The Metropolitan Museum will repatriate 16 Khmer sculptures to Cambodia and Thailand

The museum had been pressured and petitioned for years to return objects tied to smuggler Douglas Latchford

When Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ was bought by the National Gallery it was snubbed as one of its top 100 acquisitions of the decade

Omitted from the 1920s book, next September the masterpiece will star in a London blockbuster on Vincent’s art of Provence