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Was UK museum's Courbet landscape stolen in Nazi-occupied France for Hitler’s deputy?

Now in Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, a restitution claim for the work has been submitted to the Spoliation Advisory Panel

Storm Eunice damages UK heritage sites and forces museums and galleries to close

Cultural sites turn away visitors while iconic architecture is “shredded to pieces” by storm

UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries signs arts agreement with Saudi Arabia

Ceremony signing a memorandum of understanding took place at the Diriyah Biennale in Riyadh

New report recommends Bristol’s controversial slaver statue—torn down by BLM protestors—be permanently installed in museum

After four people who toppled Edward Colston statue are acquitted, the debate over problematic public art deepens

UK Government Art Collection will review 300 works relating to slavery, colonialism and racism

Following questions by The Art Newspaper, tags stating the works were under interpretation were immediately removed from the website

Plans to close pottery museum in Stoke for five months a year and cut full-time positions spark backlash

Gladstone Pottery Museum to be used as a film location under controversial council proposals

Colonial loot restitution debate enters UK parliament with new committee on African reparations

An all-party parliamentary group headed by the MP for Streatham aims to “start a discussion and educate people”

Greek prime minister ramps up demands for return of Parthenon Marbles

Kyriakos Mitsotakis wants to send ‘cultural treasures’ in exchange for ‘stolen’ sculptures

Conservatives scrap arts premium for schools promised in 2019 UK general election manifesto

Arts education policy amounting to £270m was missing from autumn budget announcement last week

Andrew Lloyd-Webber on why he commissioned eight monumental Shakespearian paintings for a London theatre

Artist Maria Kreyn’s depictions of King Lear and Othello go on show as part of Theatre Royal Drury Lane's £60m revamp

Secrets of the Black Prince's tomb effigy in Canterbury Cathedral revealed by scientists

Sculpture atop the final resting place of the medieval knight and heir to Edward III has been examined by a team of researchers led by The Courtauld Institute of Art

Ancient gold ewer returned to Turkey after V&A expert links it to illicit antiquities trade

The piece was part of the Gilbert Collection which is not bound by the same legal restrictions around deaccessioning as the London museum

Custard Apple, breadfruit and soursop sculptures honouring the Windrush generation unveiled in east London

Veronica Ryan's marble and bronze works are the first in a series of monuments dedicated to the Caribbean people who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971

Second presenter from right-wing GB News channel appointed trustee of a UK museum

Former Brexit Party candidate Inaya Folarin Iman joins board of the National Portrait Gallery in London

Five-metre-tall fountain pen sculpture by Michael Craig-Martin unveiled in Oxford

Artist says the work at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government is the ‘most daring of all my sculptures’

Conservative party donor John Booth appointed chair of London's National Gallery

Philanthropist succeeds Tony Hall, who stepped down following row over Princess Diana interview

Nadine Dorries named UK culture secretary

The right-wing politician, who appeared on the TV programme I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, replaces Oliver Dowden

'Now is the time': UK artists and galleries unite for climate campaign to mark COP26 conference

Conservation charity WWF and curatorial collective Artwise call on art world to raise funds and awareness for climate action

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French decorative art stolen from 17-century country home in Sussex—for second time

Police appealing for information after five items, including a pair of Sèvres vases and a clock with a bronze figure of Apollo, were taken from Uppark on the South Downs

UK arts sector must learn to fight smart and dirty to get what it wants from the government

The fishing industry is worth far less than the £100bn creative industries but is given greater political importance—it's time to ask ourselves why

Eccentric Wentworth Woodhouse estate—home to centuries-old camellias—gets set to bloom again in Yorkshire

The rambling 365-room mansion is being rescued from near collapse, starting with its tea house

Controversial Stonehenge tunnel is unlawful, High Court rules

Judge concludes that UK transport secretary failed to consider alternatives to the scheme or assessed the ‘risk of harm’ to the Unesco site

Make politicians wear hats and Banksy carry the Olympic Torch: we look back at ten years of e-petitions to the UK government

Of the 169 online campaigns related to the arts since they were introduced, only three have been debated in the House of Commons

Liverpool should not be punished for its modern vision

The UK city has been stripped of its World Heritage status. Walter Aubrey Thomas, who designed some of its most famous buildings, would have objected, says his great-grandson

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From village life to vaccine centre: Museum of the Year 2021 shortlist announced

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry, Experience Barnsley, Firstsite, Thackray Museum of Medicine and Timespan chosen as five finalists for Art Fund's coveted £100,000 prize

England's Freedom Day has arrived—and museums are fighting to keep crowds at bay

Despite lockdown restrictions lifting today, most institutions will maintain capacity limits and distancing rules until at least end of August

A new ‘winsome wench’ for the Cutty Sark: how London's famed 19th-century ship got a literal face lift

Tea clipper's original figurehead has been replaced with a carving based on the recently rediscovered original drawings

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One of us or one of them? A long view of the appointment of George Osborne as chair of the British Museum

The former chancellor's instalment echoes the selection of Lord Armstrong as chair of the V&A, which had serious consequences for the museum

Museum curators battle rise in bug numbers during pandemic with new card game

Staff continue fight against vermin with innovative entertainment