The age of spectacular finds at Pompeii is far from over
The Great Pompeii Project’s restoration of the site has led to a stream of exciting discoveries
Is the US trustee system good for museums?
Are volunteer board members a useful source of good will and money, or do they tie museums to the whims of the wealthy?
What if the Aztecs just had a very different attitude to war?
The recent discovery of a temple of the Aztec ‘Flayed Lord’ has revived myths about human sacrifice
It’s time to return Murillo to the canon of the greats
A year in celebration of the Spanish baroque painter in Seville has made a clear case for his talent and influence
Museums in the UK have been sold short by the new Cultural Development Fund
The government has pledged £20m of investment in five regions – but cultural institutions are unlikely to be better off than before
The nun with lapis lazuli in her teeth is a great story – but she wasn’t alone
It shouldn’t be news that women illustrated manuscripts in the Middle Ages, but there’s no denying the appeal of a recent discovery
Warren MacKenzie’s commitment to craft
The renowned American potter believed simplicity, beauty, and affordability were of paramount importance
What can museums do to ensure collectors follow through on promised gifts?
With no contracts or value exchanges, announced gifts can easily be revoked. But there are ways to firm up loose agreements
Now that the UK ivory ban has become law, how will it work in practice?
The implementation of the Ivory Act is going to need a lot of pragmatism and expertise
Rethinking the restitution of African artefacts
Repatriation is a complex issue, but it is time for a more open-minded approach
Is it too late to save Venice?
In the wake of some of the worst flooding in recent history, and with its population in decline, the city is in troubled waters
Will the art market comes to its senses in 2019?
An overheated global art market seems to be showing signs of strain
What does the reopening of the National Museum of Damascus mean for Syria?
The museum, which reopened in October after six years, stands as a symbol of the country’s hopes for recovery
Natural history museums have never been more necessary
Natural history collections are uniquely placed to help us make sense of the relationship between humans and catastrophic climate change
Should paintings be conserved in public?
Rembrandt’s Night Watch is set to be restored in front of visitors. Should we welcome the growing prevalence of public conservation?
How can museums make us pay proper attention to moving images?
As film and video art moves into the mainstream, curators have to find new ways to keep viewers hooked
The Benin Bronzes are not just virtuoso works of art – they record the kingdom’s history
Benin City will soon have a permanent display of its court bronzes for the first time in over a century. What makes these artworks so extraordinary?
The centenary of the Great War is over – but did artists and museums do it justice?
For four years, exhibitions and events throughout the UK have explored the art of remembrance – with varying results
Artists’ campaigns for better pay are picking up pace – but will museums take note?
The image of the penniless artist is an economic reality for many. Now some organisations are fighting for change
Are the principles set out for identifying Nazi-looted art fit for purpose?
On the 20th anniversary of the Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art, their effectiveness is up for debate
The satirical world of contemporary art – from Banksy to broadcasting
Artists and auction houses alike contribute to the comic excesses of their world – but are they in on the joke?
The oldest drawing in the world has been discovered – but is it art?
A 73,000-year-old fragment of stone marked with red lines raises questions about the nature of aesthetic experience
Will Macron’s culture pass have much impact?
In a new pilot scheme, every 18 year old in France will get €500 to spend on culture next year
The pyramids at Giza looked very different when they were first built
The Egyptian pyramids were originally covered in smooth white limestone – as a casing stone now in Scotland shows