Museums

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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