York wins Family Friendly prize

York Art Gallery, which reopened last year after an £8m make-over, has won the 2016 Family Friendly Museum Award, given to the museum or gallery that has done most to encourage children to visit and make their experience enjoyable.

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North’s Great Exhibition goes to Tyneside

The Great Exhibition of the North, part of former Chancellor George Osborne’s “Northern Powerhouse” vision, is to be hosted by Newcastle-Gateshead, culture secretary Karen Bradley has decided.

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Warning over Cadw-NMW merger

Museums Association fears threat to Wales museums independence

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Green light for new Mountview

Drama school gets approval for Peckham HQ

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Lincolnshire cuts heritage funding

Seven museums and galleries to become ‘self-funding’

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Kirklees museums axed

Three of five museums in Kirklees, Yorkshire, are set to close after the local authority approved funding cuts.

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ACE grants up £37m a year, boost for regions

Arts Council England is to increase its grant budget by £37m a year for the period 2018-22, with £622m of lottery and grant in aid combined, as it switches emphasis from London to the regions.

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Kate Brindley moves on

Kate Brindley is to leave the Arnolfini at Bristol where she has been chief executive for three years to take on a new post at Chatsworth House.

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A new piece in solving Magritte puzzle

Conservators at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery believe they have taken a major step towards solving the mystery of a lost painting by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte.

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Hull launches its £32m year of culture

“Hull has always had a unique cultural voice and in 2017 it will roar” declared the year’s director, Martin Green, beneath a sign saying “Everyone back to ours in 2017”.

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