Museums and Institutions

Portable Antiquities Scheme funding cut 15%

29 November 2010

FUNDING for the Portable Antiquities Scheme is to be cut by 15 per cent in real terms over the next four years, with the biggest impact likely to be on staff costs.


Asian Art in London award winners

15 November 2010

The Antiques Trade Gazette Awards for the two outstanding works of art on sale during Asian Art in London were presented at the crowded Gala Party held at the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Reunited after 200 years

20 September 2010

THANKS to a clever bit of detective work by one of its curators, the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle has been able to reunite a porcelain cup and saucer that have separated for over 200 years.

Wedgwood Museum under threat after £134m pension shortfall

09 August 2010

AN extraordinary legal loophole threatens to decimate the unique collection of the award-winning Wedgwood Museum in Stoke-on-Trent.

Sotheby’s broker art leasing deal for museum

26 July 2010

A DEBT-plagued university in Boston has entered into an agreement with Sotheby’s to lease rather than sell off works from its museum’s $350m art collection.

Failure to repair alarm costs Paris museum dear

28 May 2010

FIVE modern paintings, thought to be worth a total of over £90m, were stolen during the night of May 19-20 from the City of Paris Modern Art Museum.


Domenichino’s St John saved for the nation

28 May 2010

CONSIDERED the finest work by the Italian Baroque master Domenico Zampieri, Il Domenichino (1581-1641), in private hands, this painting of St John the Evangelist has been saved for the nation. It has gone on display in the National Gallery's Baroque rooms.

British dealer exposes major theft from American library

06 April 2010

A MANUSCRIPTS dealer from Cheltenham has uncovered a major theft of letters from an American university. The case is now being investigated by the FBI.


Staffordshire Hoard saved for the nation

29 March 2010

THE Staffordshire Hoard has been saved for the nation – and a further £1.7m appeal has been launched to pay for its conservation, study and display.


Teeside toy specialist banks on local art

22 February 2010

BRYAN Goodall, owner of the Hambleton Group which includes toy auctioneers Vectis of Stockton-on-Tees, has invested £600,000 in ArtsBank, a new gallery and arts centre in nearby Saltburn-by-the-Sea.


Museums active at Old Masters auctions in New York

01 February 2010

MAJOR American museums played an active role as both buyers and sellers in the latest Old Master sales in New York.

V&A to stage fakes show

22 December 2009

THE V&A is to put on an exhibition of fakes curated by the Metropolitan Police Service's Art and Antiques Unit.

Future of furniture at the V&A

24 August 2009

Furniture Futures is the first in a new series of biennial design symposia at the Victoria & Albert Museum.


Love triumphs as Ashmolean acquire £1m Titian tondo

29 June 2009

WHILE £50m was finally raised in February to keep the Duke of Sutherland's Titian painting Diana and Actaeon in the UK, an attempt to raise a further £50m by 2012 for the Duke's Diana and Callisto is already underway.

D’Offay’s Artist Rooms on tour

16 March 2009

Details have been released of the first UK tour of Artist Rooms, the collection of 725 post-War and contemporary works acquired by the nation from dealer Anthony d'Offay for £28m, a fraction of its market value.

Science Museum to launch online research archive

09 December 2008

THE Science Museum are to launch an online database of 2500 objects covering centuries of medical history from their collection. Brought to Life: Exploring the History of Medicine, goes online on March 2, primarily as a resource for GCSE students and undergraduates, but is also expected to be a useful research tool for antiques specialists.

Volunteer jailed for stolen medals

01 December 2008

A VOLUNTEER at the Royal Signals Regiment Museum in Blandford, Dorset, has been jailed for 12 months for stealing £33,000 of medals and selling them on eBay.

British Museum say Treasure Act is having the right effect

24 November 2008

THE British Museum have credited the Treasure Act – which ensures treasure hunters are compensated for finds – for the significant increase in reported objects.


Netsuke collection goes to Liverpool

17 November 2008

Liverpool World Museum’s Japanese holdings have been given a significant boost by the donation of 128 netsuke. The gift represents around half the collection of the late Jonas G Gadelius donated by his widow Gabita.


Asian Art In London prizewinners

17 November 2008

It was all smiles as ATG Editor-in-Chief Mark Bridge presented the awards to the prizewinners at the Asian Art In London champagne gala reception at the Victoria and Albert Museum on November 4.