• The Prime Minister has appointed Blake Shorthouse, Managing Director of American global investment company KKR, as a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Shorthouse will serve for a term of four years commencing on 1 April 2022 until 31 March 2026.


  • The Florence Nightingale Museum has announced it will reopen on 12th May 2022, coinciding with International Nurses’ Day and what would have been Nightingale’s 202nd birthday.

Florence Nightingale Museum to reopen on Nightingale’s 202nd birthday

  • The Micro Museum in Kent, a small seasonal museum displaying a personal collection of vintage computers and games consoles, is to reopen after a two-year closure following the pandemic. The museum, first opened in 2014, will open to the general public every weekend afternoon until the end of September, with private bookings available during the week.
  • The Milford Haven Museum near Haverfordwest, has reopened for 2022, having suffered reduced hours during 2021 following the pandemic. The museum, which chronicles the area’s maritime and heritage past, is now open to visitors from Monday to Saturday.
  • The National Poo Museum has opened its doors following the successful move into a permanent location. Based in The Isle of Wight, the museum first opened in 2016 as a mobile attraction but now is now based in Sandow.


  • Costumes from television show The Ipcress Files are to feature in a new exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum. Keith Madden, from Rugby, designed the costumes for the ITV show and will exhibit some of the original clothes in ‘The Ipcress Style’. The exhibition runs at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum from Saturday 14 May until Saturday 9 July.
  • The Science Museum Group has digitised 1,000 BBC objects for the first time and the National Science and Media Museum will feature the newly digitised objects in new online stories. ‘Broadcast 100’ will mark the last century of broadcasting with a year of exhibitions, special displays, events, and digital content across the Science Museum Group including at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester and Science Museum in London.


  • Cumbria Museum Consortium is to receive £490,000 in government funding to develop a two year project to transform and improve volunteering opportunities. The consortium, led by Carlisle’s Tullie House, will create the Helping Hands, which aims to improve community wellbeing, grow capacity and workforce diversity across the cultural sector, address loneliness and isolation.
  • Weymouth Museum has been awarded a grant of £99,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the next stage of its development, and is moving to a nearby shopfront while refurbishments take place at its former Brewer’s Quay location near Weymouth Harbour.
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