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Council secures Mr Darcy’s iconic ‘wet shirt’

23/05/2024

Calderdale Council has successfully secured Mr Darcy’s iconic ‘wet shirt’ from the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Museums and libraries receive £33m cash injection

26/03/2024

Nearly 70 museums and libraries across England are to receive £33m in the latest round of the Government's Cultural Investment Fund.

Two-thirds of councils to cut neighbourhood services

27/02/2024

Community services will have to be ‘drastically scaled back’ or cut altogether without further funding for councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Controversial Colston statue to move to museum

13/02/2024

The controversial Bristol statue of transatlantic slave trader Edward Colston, which was torn down by protestors in 2020, is set to be moved to a museum.

Culture spend down by £500m

01/02/2024

Analysis has uncovered an almost £500m reduction in councils’ spending on libraries, culture, heritage and tourism since the onset of austerity.

Dorset awards half a million to local culture

12/01/2024

Cultural services across Dorset are set to benefit from £486,000 over the next three years.

Historic artefacts transferred to county council

15/12/2023

Ownership of historic artefacts found outside of Lincoln is set to be transferred from the city council to Lincolnshire County Council.

Museums and the cost-of-culture crisis

11/10/2023

India Divers, policy and campaigns officer, Museums Association looks at the impact on museums of the financial squeeze faced by most local authorities.

Where’s Wally? Stolen statue spotted and returned to council

29/09/2023

A piece of art stolen in a heist 16 years ago has been returned to Ealing Council.

Mayor urged to support smaller museums

27/04/2023

Mayor Sadiq Khan should make ‘more permanent, affordable premises’ available for London’s quirkier cultural organisations, London assembly members say.

Over 70 cultural venues set for £60m investment

20/03/2023

More than 70 libraries, museums and arts centres are to be given a £60m boost, culture secretary Lucy Frazer has announced.

Derby museums warn of ‘devastating’ cuts

09/01/2023

Museums in Derby have warned that planned cuts by the city council could have a ‘devastating effect’ on their services.

Local arts funding faces £2.4bn gap

08/12/2022

A multi-year funding settlement is essential for helping local authorities support the arts, council chiefs say as report reveals a £2.4bn culture funding gap.

Cultural institutions face ‘existential threat’, MPs warn

02/11/2022

Theatres, museums and leisure centres in historically left behind areas are facing an ‘existential threat’ from the cost-of-living crisis, MPs warn.

Councils encouraged to apply for share of £128m culture fund

10/05/2022

Cultural venues including museums, galleries and public libraries are being encouraged to submit expressions of interest to receive a share of £128m.

Museums and galleries to receive £48m boost

14/03/2022

Cultural venues across the country are set to receive £48m of funding to help improve access to the arts, the Government has announced.

Council spending on museums falls by more than a quarter in past decade

27/10/2021

Local authority spending on museums and galleries has fallen by 27% in the past decade, new analysis has found.

Protecting art in a crisis

27/07/2020

Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy outline how local authorities can play an important part in enabling arts and culture to flourish in their areas.

Council celebrates ‘landmark’ ruling that will save museums thousands

18/06/2020

Exeter CC has welcomed a landmark ruling over the rateable valuation of a Grade II building in a court decision that could save museums thousands of pounds.

Art charity announces £2m to support museums and galleries

17/06/2020

Museums and art galleries are to receive a much needed funding boost to help them weather the impact of Covid-19.

Court finds in favour of museum in ‘landmark’ business rates case

17/01/2020

A long-running battle over how museums are valued for business rates has come to an end with a court ruling that they should be valued based on net income.

Whitehall announces £250m of culture spending

14/10/2019

The Government has announced £250m of funding for cultural projects, libraries, museums and the creative industries after a decade of cuts.

Council finds 500-year-old stolen clock

28/08/2019

West Suffolk Council has located an antique clock after it was stolen during a break in nearly six decades ago.

Combined authority asked to approve £6.6m museum grant

26/07/2019

A national children’s museum is set to get a boost after the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is asked to approve a grant for up to £6.6m.

Blackpool museum allocated £4m in lottery funding

24/06/2019

A museum celebrating Blackpool’s role in the development of British culture has been allocated £4m in lottery funding.

Council spending on cultural services slashed by £400m

28/01/2019

Council spending on cultural resources such as museums, libraries, and the arts has been reduced by almost £400m over the last eight years of austerity, new research has revealed.

Five areas to share £20m cultural development fund

18/01/2019

The five areas to receive £20m of funding to invest in culture have been unveiled by the Government.

Council ‘disposed’ of ancient Roman artefact

07/09/2018

Colchester Borough Council disposed of a Roman water feature after it proved ‘too expensive' to maintain.

Whitehall should ‘ease restrictions’ on sale of museum items, law firm says

27/03/2018

The Government should ease restrictions preventing local authority museums from selling items in their possession, law firm says.

Action plan published for the future of museums

14/11/2017

Museums should contribute to the priorities of their local area and diversify their audiences, according to a review of the sector.

Online hub created for councils to share innovative ways to invest in culture

17/08/2017

Financially-squeezed councils can now access a specialised online hub designed to help them share innovative ways to invest in culture.

£500,000 cuts threaten Birmingham museums

12/01/2017

Proposed council funding cuts could ‘significantly impact’ Birmingham’s position as a leading city for arts and culture, trust warns.

Arts and culture funding to be shifted away from the capital

05/10/2016

Funding for arts and culture outside of London will be increased by 4% by 2022, Arts Council England has announced.

New programme will give 600 youths access to the arts, Whitehall claims

10/08/2016

A new programme promoting cultural engagement within disadvantaged communities will provide 600 young people increased access to the arts, the Government claims.

Museums receive over £12m amid cuts in arts funding

03/08/2016

Museums across the country are to receive millions in funding to transform them into ‘sustainable and resilient businesses’, at a time when investment in the arts is decreasing.

Bradford museum defends decision to move exhibition to London

30/03/2016

A Bradford museum has defended its decision to move a valuable photography exhibition to London, despite local opposition.

Council-run museums under threat from cuts

13/01/2016

Cuts to public funding are hitting all museums, but those run by local authorities are the worst off, according to survey.

Pressure group launches art attack on councils

04/09/2015

UK councils own at least 5.5m works of art worth an estimated £2bn but are displaying just a fraction of pieces, new research has found.

Council to pay compensation over Nazi-looted artwork

14/08/2015

A Scottish council is to pay compensation to a German Jewish woman’s family after it emerged Nazi-looted artwork was in a local museum.

Export ban on ancient Egyptian statue auctioned off by council

31/03/2015

A 4,000-year-old statue controversially auctioned off by a council for almost £16m has been stopped from leaving the UK for up to a year.

Magna Carta original uncovered in council’s archive

09/02/2015

An original edition of the Magna Carta potentially worth up to £10m has been found in a Kent council’s archives.

Winners of Solent Design Awards announced

25/11/2014

The Mary Rose Museum (pictured) has been chosen as the People’s Choice for 2014 in this year’s Solent Design Awards.

Council barred from Museums Association

02/10/2014

Northampton has been banned from the Museums Association (MA) for at least five years following the sale of an Egyptian statue.

Lib Dems in free museum vow

18/08/2014

The Liberal Democrats will pledge to protect free access to museums and galleries in their 2015 General Election manifesto.

Northampton museums lose accreditation after council’s Egyptian statue sale

01/08/2014

Two museums run by Northampton Borough Council have lost their accreditation status following a controversial decision to auction off an ancient Egyptian statue.

Northampton BC under-fire after selling Egyptian statue for £16m

11/07/2014

Northampton Borough Council has been heavily criticised for selling an ancient Egyptian statue to fund local museum improvements.

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