Museums and Institutions

Museum buys unique archive of slave trade

18 December 2006

The Museum in Docklands have acquired a rare and significant archive of 18th century papers highlighting London’s role in the transatlantic slave trade.

Art Fund step up pressure over museums cash

27 November 2006

The Louvre has more money to spend on buying art than the National Gallery, both Tates, the V&A and the British Museum put together.

400th birthday for Jamestown

27 November 2006

A new exhibition to mark the 400th anniversary of the first permanent settlement in America opens at the Museum in Docklands this month.

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Asian Art in London warms a chilly November night

13 November 2006

More than 400 guests gathered to celebrate the Asian Art in London awards at the Burlington Gardens rooms of the Royal Academy on Wednesday night last week.

Parker chairs now on record

13 November 2006

The Frederick Parker Collection of Chairs, whose long-term future once looked uncertain, has now found a secure home as a study collection at London Metropolitan University.

LAPADA confirm 2007 dates for Royal Academy

06 November 2006

LAPADA have confirmed that their Royal Academy fair will go ahead from May 10 to 13 next year.

Police stage V&A fakes show

23 October 2006

SCOTLAND Yard’s Art and Antiques Unit are staging an exhibition at the V&A to raise awareness among museums, galleries and art dealers of the problem of fakes in London.

Go-ahead to police online antiquities sales

12 October 2006

EBay (UK) have given permission for members of the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme to monitor the trade in antiquities on the website.

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400 years old and still rockin’

02 October 2006

MICK Jagger and Keith Richards may be doing well for 60-somethings, but they’ve got nothing on this old rocker. Dated to 1610, it is thought to be the oldest known rocking horse in the UK and was quite likely made for Charles I.

Transport goddesses

15 September 2006

THE Whitewebbs Museum of Transport is holding its annual antique and collectors’ fair at the museum in Whitewebbs Road, Enfield on Sunday October 22.

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LAPADA's London fair venue hit by blaze

04 September 2006

LAST week's fire at the Royal Academy building at 6 Burlington Gardens is unlikely to affect the fairs scheduled to be held at the premises next year.

Widespread support for trove code

15 May 2006

A NEW code of conduct has been agreed to offer standard guidelines for locating and unearthing treasure trove.

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NPG need £116,057 by end of June, or they lose unique Donne portrait

08 May 2006

LESS than two months remains to find the final £116,057 towards the £1.4m price of a unique portrait of the 17th century poet John Donne.

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Thief uses key to steal rare peasant artefacts

13 March 2006

A THIEF who used a key to get into a display cabinet and avoided being filmed on CCTV has made off with two unusual artefacts from a museum in Surrey.

Art Fund commission’s new work as challenge

13 March 2006

The UK’s leading art charity has commissioned its first-ever work by a contemporary artist as part of a campaign to boost funding for the arts.

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Saved for the nation

13 March 2006

A magnificent Charles II silver fluted fruit sideboard dish saved from export in 2005 is now on display at the Royal College of Physicians. It will be displayed alongside their existing collection of memorabilia relating to Sir Francis Prujean, the President of the Royal College of Physicians (1650-1654) whose life-saving cures were recorded in Pepys’ diaries.

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Luton take on the Met in £750,000 prize fight over jug

20 February 2006

This medieval bronze jug was the talking point of Sotheby’s sale of the contents of Easton Neston last year when it was bought by London dealer Daniel Katz for a premium-inclusive £568,000 against expectations of £60,00-80,000. The rare jug is cast with a slew of insignia including the Royal arms as used between 1340 and 1405, a maker’s mark and the inscription To My Lord Wenlok.

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Export law hits museum

14 February 2006

A LOOPHOLE in the export law has forced the British Museum to pay almost £100,000 more than the original auction price for the most expensive British coin ever sold. The museum believes the case highlights the need for Britain’s laws on exporting art to be reconsidered.

V&A’s new home for sculpture opens this spring

07 February 2006

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s sculpture collection will be redisplayed this spring in the new Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries.

Observatory’s new galleries will double clock display

23 January 2006

Next month the Royal Observatory, Greenwich will unveil four new galleries designed to tell the story of precision timekeeping.

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