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Appointments

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

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Climate Change

'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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Thefts

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

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Arts funding

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

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Historic houses

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

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Heritage

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

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Analysis

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

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Architecture

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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Prizes

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

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Unesco World Heritage Site

Liverpool loses Unesco world heritage status—'really disappointed' mayor plans appeal

Committee finds that construction projects have reduced cultural value

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United Kingdom

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

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Museums & Heritage

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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Museums

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

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Museums

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

Staff continue fight against vermin with innovative entertainment

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Art market

If you sell art in the UK, you must register for anti-money laundering supervision by tomorrow—or risk prosecution

"Art market participants" who sell works of art worth €10,000 (£8,600) or more must register with the HMRC by 10 June

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Exhibitions

Hug a museum: the best exhibitions to see around the UK as restrictions ease

From Rodin's plaster casts and Barbara Hepworth's bronzes, to flower arranging, disco dancing and the notorious Nero

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Heritage

Bell foundry that cast Big Ben can be turned into boutique hotel, UK government says

Decision has drawn wave of criticism from culture and heritage professionals, accusing government of ‘money-grabbing philistinism’

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Heritage

Cerne Abbas Giant—Dorset's enormous chalk figure—was Saxon, new study finds

Mysterious image still holds some secrets however

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Heritage

Catherine de Medici portrait returns to Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill after almost 200 years

Painting is the only surviving contemporary image of the monarch

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Art education

Christie’s supports charity delivering art history lessons for students at UK state schools

Art History Link-Up chief says subject is a rare offer at state schools because of cuts and teacher shortages

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Law

Tate Modern neighbours head to Supreme Court over 'relentless' invasion of privacy

Residents next to the London museum continue legal battle after losing case to close viewing platform that allows visitors to see inside their flats

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Art market

UK treasure items cleared for sale may soon face problems with export to the EU

New licensing regulations for cultural property may hamper metal detectorists' ability to sell legitimate finds on the European market

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Visitor Figures 2020

British Museum hit hardest by 2020 lockdown among UK’s big museums

Major UK institutions lost 78% of their visitors due to the pandemic last year, our research reveals

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National Trust

National Trust's report on colonial and slavery history did not breach charity law, regulator says

Research commissioned by the trust provoked complaints from Conservative politicians amid UK culture war around controversial monuments

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National Gallery

National Gallery London: new details of development plans revealed

A 1960s office block behind the Sainsbury Wing will be demolished to make way for a new building to provide more exhibition space

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United Kingdom

'Where is the champion within UK government for a vigorous, independent visual arts sector?'

The culture sector is being relegated to the ranks of "indoor entertainment"

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Politics

Keep your distance, former culture ministers warn UK government

Independence of museums and heritage bodies is at risk, say Ed Vaizey and Chris Smith, as Johnson’s government pushes ‘anti-woke’ agenda

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Archaeology

The mullet wasn't just an 80s thing, as this newly unearthed Iron Age figure suggests

Celtic deity from Cambridgeshire sports impeccable hair that is slightly longer at the back

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Building projects

'Building on our strengths': National Gallery London unveils plans for £25m upgrade

Refurbishment, to be partly completed for the museum's 200th anniversary in 2024, will encompass the lobby of the Sainsbury Wing, a new research centre and improved outdoor space

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Conservation

Thanks to a £3m gift, the National Trust could finally uncover a secret portrait of Mary Queen of Scots

Conservation boost from a US charity comes after the heritage organisation faced a £200m revenue collapse due to the pandemic

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Archaeology

Discoveries at Stonehenge highlight controversial new tunnel's threat to heritage

Recent excavation has uncovered late Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts and human remains

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Funding

Weston Culture Fund gives UK arts organisations £30m in relief from 'devastating impact' of Covid-19

Wallace Collection, Birmingham Museums and the MAC Belfast are among more than 100 charities receiving recovery grants from the Garfield Weston Foundation

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Exhibitions

Executed Chinese prisoners likely used in UK exhibition

Cadavers on display in 'Real Bodies' show were provided by Dalian-based firm known to have acquired corpses from police

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Monuments

Tearing down troubling statues is not lying about our history—it is removing impediments to truth

The UK communities secretary Robert Jenrick's plans to prevent the removal of controversial monuments reveals his inability to view the past as shifting and complex

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Churches

Pew! Sussex church may scrap plans to remove historic seating

Moves by parishes to replace pews with chairs for “flexibility” anger traditionalists

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Museums

Why us? European museums cry foul over second lockdown

Shops remain open in many countries even as museums are plunged once more into Covid-19 deep-freeze

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Liverpool Biennial

Liverpool Biennial director Fatos Üstek resigns after run-in with board of trustees

Two trustees, the artist Fiona Banner and the art lawyer Jon Sharples, also stepped down in support

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colonialism

Somerset House to dig into its colonial past

Move follows release of National Trust’s slavery report, which was accused of following a ‘woke agenda’

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Art market

London galleries to accommodate collectors ‘by appointment’ during second coronavirus lockdown

Some dealers say they will continue to hold private viewings for buyers, while opening hours are extended in the West End tonight

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Heritage

Brighton's Madeira Terrace, a unique Liverpool cemetery and a 17th-century public library among English heritage sites at risk

Entries on Historic England Heritage at Risk list, published today, have risen to 5,097

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Prizes

Museums of the year: Art Fund names five joint winners of UK’s biggest arts prize

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Gairloch Museum, the Science Museum, South London Gallery and Towner Eastbourne will share £200,000 award

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Museums & Heritage

Nearly 450 heritage rescue grants announced from UK's £1.57bn cultural bailout fund

First funding round hailed as a "lifeline" for heritage sites and specialists reeling from the pandemic, but job losses continue

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Archaeology

Remains of 'tall and robust' Anglo Saxon warrior found by amateur detectorist in UK

The 'Marlow Warlord' was buried with his weapons and luxuries for 1,400 years

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Museums & Heritage

Inside The Box: Plymouth’s £48m bid for cultural revival

Pandemic scuppers city’s celebrations of Mayflower anniversary and hopes for tourist crowds—but flagship museum project opens against the odds

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Banksy

Banksy loses trademark battle over his famous Flower Thrower image

The street artist opened a pop-up shop in Croydon last year in a bid to protect his image rights, but was found to have “acted in bad faith”

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Museums

Oxford museum removes 'racist' shrunken heads from display after 80 years

Exhibiting Tsantsas "reinforced racist and stereotypical thinking that goes against the museum’s core values,” says the Pitt Rivers Museum's director

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Museums & Heritage

‘Living museum’ of British-Somali heritage heads to east London

Crowdfunded space aims to preserve community archive and support emerging artists

Analysis
Arts funding

Ten tips to get Arts Council funding, according to an expert

What cultural institutions in England need to know before applying for the government's £1.57bn rescue package

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United Kingdom

Bristol creatives fundraise for new boat venue championing black artists

“There has been a stigma around the harbour which needs to be decolonised,” says project co-founder

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UK government approves banknote designs featuring ethnic minority pioneers

Founder of advocacy group championing BAME figures says she is “tackling statues, artwork and signage next”

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Monuments

So we’re bringing down statues—but what kind of monuments would we like to see instead?

Perhaps the time has come to remove the plinth and stop celebrating individual heroes

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Museums

Pests run amok as UK museums struggle with lockdown

Limited capacity and undisturbed venues create ‘playground’ for vermin

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The Buck stopped here

Four billboards outside Hull, England: art project commemorates sex workers who have died

Collective of former sex workers and the artist duo Henry/Bragg are behind the installation

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Photography

Martin Parr’s resignation from photo festival sparks ‘cancel culture’ debate

How industry elites are treated, and how historical photographs are viewed, now under the microscope in wake of anti-racism campaign

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Museums

UK museums face far bigger revenue drop than reported

Creative Industries Federation originally estimated a coronavirus fall of only 9%, but now says it will be 45%

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Monuments

The problem with Marc Quinn's Black Lives Matter sculpture

Racism runs far deeper than representation, says the artist Thomas J. Price

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Monuments

Marc Quinn's Black Lives Matter sculpture removed by Bristol council

Statue that replaced toppled monument to slave trader Edward Colston has polarised opinion

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Monuments

Marc Quinn sculpture of Black Lives Matter activist replaces statue to slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol

Installed overnight, the work depicts local resident Jen Reid who was photographed on the site when the monument was toppled last month

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Museums

UK museum leaders distance themselves from controversial Creative Industries Federation's report on coronavirus impact

The Art Newspaper questions the federation’s 9% fall in revenue this year, suggesting it is more likely to be around 50%

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Exhibitions

'Tender, gentle and creative soul': outdoor exhibition in west London pays tribute to artist Khadija Saye who died in Grenfell fire

Unveiled by Tottenham MP David Lammy today, the show also marks the launch of an arts mentor scheme in Saye’s name

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Museums & Heritage

UK's historic houses fight for survival post-lockdown after financial crash

Heritage organisations such as the National Trust rely on visitors for most of their income—but they have been staying away

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United Kingdom

Museums still under financial pressure despite UK’s £1.57bn rescue package for the arts

National cultural institutions and English Heritage will receive £100m, making up half the losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic

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Controversies

Mary Rose Museum 'appalled' by David Starkey's racist remarks as British historian steps down as trustee

Tudor specialist has been widely condemned for remarks on slavery and Black Lives Matter in YouTube interview

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Public sculpture

Essex’s unlikely sculpture town is set for a renaissance

Built in the wake of the Second World War, Harlow maintains a remarkable collection with pieces by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Rodin

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Museums

UK museums can reopen from 4 July—but for some it's too soon

News of the government's latest easing of lockdown measures today has been welcomed by the art world but "huge problems still remain for the sector"

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Art education

Unemployment crisis looms over thousands of academics as casual contracts are axed or postponed by UK’s top arts universities

Black and minority ethnic staff at institutions including Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art are at particular risk

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Sculpture

Windrush sculptures honouring UK's Caribbean immigrants to be unveiled in London

Leading black artists Thomas J. Price and Veronica Ryan's works in Hackney are due to be completed in 2021

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coronavirus

Oxford Economics report: an emergency fund for the UK creative sector 'needs to come soon'

It is time for a Creative New Deal amid the coronavirus crisis, says Caroline Norbury the chief executive officer of the Creative Industries Federation

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coronavirus

UK creative industries face 'a cultural catastrophe'—but museums may not be hit as hard

New report by Oxford Economics predicts that the culture sector will lose 30% of its revenue due to Covid-19

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coronavirus

Art Fund unblocks £2m in grants to reopen UK museums and 'prevent immediate insolvency'

Charity's Covid-19 crisis support package includes £150,000 to launch new network of touring exhibitions

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Monuments

Museum world rallies behind curator investigated for tweets on how to damage bronze statues

UK arts professionals express support for Madeline Odent whose comments prompted a backlash on Twitter

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Museums & Heritage

In numbers: the visitors, ticket sales and fundraising revenue UK national museums can expect as they reopen

We do the sums as the culture sector plans to get back to business

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Diary of an art historian

Museums are about to reopen—but should they?

Social distancing measures mean a lot of money will be spent on a small number of visitors, institutions should be focusing on their online presence instead

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Contemporary art

Investigative artists Forensic Architecture uncover new evidence in 2011 police killing of Mark Duggan

Independent Office for Police Conduct says it is now assessing whether to reopen the official investigation into the shooting that triggered the London riots

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Protest

Oxford council says controversial Cecil Rhodes statue should go to museum after long-running stalemate

Thousands of protestors are demanding removal of statue of the Victorian imperialist from Oriel college

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Banksy

Banksy proposes new Bristol memorial of protesters toppling slave trader statue

Street artist says the idea would cater both to critics and defenders of the monument of Edward Colston

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Monuments

Statues of slavers around London could be pulled down under mayor’s new diversity plan

Sadiq Khan wants to review and improve "the diversity of public landmarks" after protestors toppled the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol

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colonialism

Edward Colston monument: 'UK must face the truth of what helped it become a mighty power'

Once it is fished out of the water in Bristol, the statue of slave trader Edward Colston should go in a museum. But what kind of a museum?, asks writer Bonnie Greer

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Monuments

Protesters topple monument to slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol—mayor wants to place it in a museum

Controversial statue was dismantled and thrown into the harbour during a Black Lives Matter rally

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Lawsuits

Insurers hit by art-world class action lawsuit as coronavirus crisis bites

Claimants including major museums and art galleries accuse companies of failing to pay out on Covid-19 pandemic

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Museums

London’s Southbank Centre may stay closed until April next year due to massive financial pressure

Arts centre, which includes the Hayward Gallery, has already used up its reserves amid the coronavirus crisis

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Artists

Masses of artists rejected by UK government’s self-employment support scheme

Many are turning to benefits and emergency grants to plug some of the deficit

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Funding

England's museums look to Arts Council to secure £250m government bailout

Cultural institutions bracing for a fall in visitors and shrinking revenue will need huge increase in public funding to recover after reopening

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coronavirus

Britain's young artists had a hard time before the pandemic. What will happen to them now?

Inequality is rife in British society, not least in the arts, where decades of ‘class-cleansing’ policies have made it harder than ever to be an artist and designer

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Antiquities

Two trunkloads of fake Iraqi antiquities seized by UK customs

The international market is now “absolutely awash” with forgeries, says British Museum curator who examined the hoard

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coronavirus

When this is all over we must reimagine the infrastructure of the arts

Our enforced isolation during the coronavirus crisis gives us time to think about the role of culture in the public realm

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coronavirus

Royal Academy of Arts cancels Angelica Kauffman and Paul Cézanne exhibitions amid coronavirus crisis

As the London institution announces its revised exhibition schedule, we reveal the international knock-on effect triggered by the changes

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coronavirus

UK could lose half of its creative businesses, say key cultural figures in open letter

The Art Newspaper has compiled a list of UK and international financial aid for arts businesses

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William Shakespeare

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

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coronavirus

V&A chair had 'Bruegel-like' delirium after contracting Covid-19

Nicholas Coleridge describes “icy legs” symptoms and how doctors undoubtedly saved his life

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coronavirus

Can’t pay your rent? Here’s what you can do if you're a UK gallery

Coronavirus has left many art businesses struggling to pay their bills, but there are resources available to help

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Stolen art

Coronavirus might be limiting our travels but one painting is still on the move (somewhere)

Terry Frost's work, which was last seen on a train between London Euston and Crewe, joins a long list of disappearances associated with public transport

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coronavirus

Ghost town: eerie images of London in lockdown

Our picture editor Katherine Hardy used her exercise allowance to capture the UK capital's empty streets

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coronavirus

Students slam Royal College of Art's decision to move degree show online because of coronavirus

Unlike other universities, the school has not postponed its courses during the crisis

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coronavirus

With the coronavirus shutdown, smaller heritage sites such as the Mary Rose face a fight for survival

The charity that runs the historic battleship needs help from the government and the public, says its chief executive Helen Bonser-Wilton

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coronavirus

Personal stories of coronavirus: the widow who opened her husband's exhibition for a day

Diana Cohen, the 90-year-old wife of the late painter Alfred Cohen, travelled to London for the opening of the first show of his work in 20 years. Years in the making, it opened and closed within a few hours

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coronavirus

Tate to close all four locations until 1 May due to coronavirus

Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate St Ives and Tate Liverpool will shut their doors from 18 March

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UK politics

UK budget: freeports, money for patching up national museums and new £250m culture fund confirmed

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivers first post-Brexit spending pledges

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Antiquities & Archaeology

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