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Story of Stonehenge to be told in major British Museum exhibition

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A bronze disc inlaid with gold symbols and two gold cone-shaped hats decorated with solar motifs are among objects from the Stonehenge era that will go on show for the first time in the UK at a landmark exhibition at ...

Indigenous leaders urge London’s Science Museum to cut ties with Adani

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Indigenous leaders on the frontline of the climate crisis are calling on the Science Museum to cancel its sponsorship deal with a company they say is responsible for widespread destruction in their homelands. Leaders ...

Museum rivalry ‘could make Dutch Vermeer show last of its kind’

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Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has announced a “first and last” exhibition of all the paintings by Johannes Vermeer that are fit to travel, as its director claimed growing museum rivalry makes such international cooperation ...

Florence Nightingale’s lamp and coded wartime quilt star in new Red Cross museum

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A quilt stitched with coded messages by allied female prisoners of war and a lamp believed to have been used by Florence Nightingale are among the “objects of kindness” that are to go on display for the first time thi...

Return of Parthenon marbles is up to British Museum, says No 10

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Returning the Parthenon marbles to Greece is a matter for the British Museum, Downing Street has said, apparently reversing longstanding UK government opposition to the idea, reiterated by Boris Johnson as recently as...

Pollution experts refuse to let Science Museum feature work over Shell links

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Two prominent scientists are refusing to allow their work to be included in the Science Museum’s collection because of the institution’s links to Shell. Steve and Dee Allen, who have carried out some of the most impor...

Museum celebrates Barcelona’s disappearing Gypsy heritage

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It doesn’t look like a place of legend, but the narrow Carrer de la Cera is the birthplace of la rumba catalana, the infectiously rhythmic stepchild of flamenco created by Barcelona’s Gypsy community in the 1950s and ...

‘We are more than just The Scream’ – inside Oslo’s mega tilting Munch museum

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How fitting that a building dedicated to the life and work of Edvard Munch may make you want to scream. The £235m mega museum of the tormented Norwegian artist stands as an ominous grey tower on the Oslo waterfront, ...

Science Museum chooses fossil fuel company as new climate show sponsor

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The UK’s Science Museum has “doubled down” on its sponsorship of climate exhibitions by fossil fuel companies, campaigners say, by taking funding from a subsidiary of the Adani Group. Adani is a conglomerate with majo...

Figures of Babylon: oldest drawing of a ghost found in British Museum vault

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Its outlines are faint, only discernible at an angle, but the world’s oldest drawing of a ghost has been discovered in the darkened vaults of the British Museum. A lonely bearded spirit being led into the afterlife an...

Louis Wain’s anthropomorphic cats to go on display at Bethlem museum

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“He has made the cat his own,” HG Wells once said of Louis Wain. “English cats that do not look and live like Louis Wain cats are ashamed of themselves.” A hundred years ago Wain was a household name, his instantly re...

Welcome to my micro museum

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The British gardening machine industry was the biggest and best in the world for well over a century. Our engineering ingenuity was second to none. What we’ve set out to do is save these mowing machines from the scrap...

British Museum enters world of NFTs with digital Hokusai postcards

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The British Museum is venturing into the emerging world of non-fungible tokens by partnering with a new platform to launch digital postcards of the work of Katsushika Hokusai. NFTs – unique digital assets stored on th...

Essex art gallery endangered by funding crisis named museum of the year 2021

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A gallery that six years ago was placed in special funding measures because of concerns over its viability has been named winner of the world’s largest museum prize. The turnaround for Firstsite, in Colchester, is rem...

Design Museum to host major Amy Winehouse retrospective

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A major retrospective of Amy Winehouse’s life and career will cast her as a “music intellectual” and feature personal items displayed for the first time, including her first electric guitar and handwritten notebooks, ...

Hong Kong police raid Tiananmen massacre museum

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Hong Kong authorities have raided the city’s Tiananmen massacre museum a day after arresting four members of the civil society group that ran it. The raid is the latest act by police in a sweeping crackdown on dissent...

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