Hambling gives Good Time George back to Merseyside

Maggi Hambling has given her portrait of her friend the jazz singer, writer and critic George Melly to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, Melly’s home town.

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Merriman to take over Horniman

Manchester Museum director Nick Merriman is to take over as chief executive of the Horniman Museum in South London next year.

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Hastings ‘People’s Pier’ wins Stirling Prize

The reborn Hastings Pier, ravaged since it was built in 1878 by neglect, storm damage and then a devastating fire, has won the Stirling Prize for Architecture this year.

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Viking hoard saved

A five month appeal to raised £2m has succeeded in saving the spectacular Galloway Viking hoard.

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Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots found under painting

Conservators have found a likeness of Mary Queen of Scots beneath a 1589 portrait of a Scots peer.

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ACE appoints temporary theatre chief

Tarek Iskander has been appointed interim director of theatre at Arts Council England.

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Brighton Pavilion Gardens ‘at risk’ from litter bins

Brighton Pavilion Gardens are among the new entries in Historic England’s Buildings At Risk Register published today, along with Little Dorrit’s church, the world’s oldest gasholder and an 18th century Suffolk smock mill.

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Dea Birkett to stand down from Kids in Museums

AI columnist Dea Birkett is to step down from the charity Kids in Museums 15 years after she founded it.

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Parliament to host Holocaust museum

A £50m Holocaust museum is to be built next to the Houses of Parliament.

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Burns gets his own festival

A new contemporary multi-arts festival is to be launched in Edinburgh in the name of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns, on Burns Night, January 25.

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