• Well-known film critic Mark Kermode and filmmaker Carol Morley have been named the first patrons of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, and will promote the collection at the public museum and academic research facility, which houses over 86,000 items relating to the moving image.

Mark Kermode and Carol Morley named first patrons of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum


  • The Amelia Scott, or ‘The Amelia’, a new combined museum, art gallery, library is set to open this week in Tunbridge Wells following a multi-million pound renovation project. The location combines The Tunbridge Wells Museum, art gallery, library and Adult Education Centre into a single building with an additional space for live events.

‘The Amelia’, a combined museum, gallery and library to open in Tunbridge Wells

  • The Museum of Technology: The History of Gadgets and Gizmos is to reopen on 26th May 2022 for the first time since 2019. The museum, based in Spalding, offers visitors a look at historic cameras, televisions, computers and telephones.


  • Ukrainian objects from The British Museum’s collection have been added to a free display, which the museum said it hopes the display will provide a talking point for visitors concerned with Russia’s invasion of the country.

Ukrainian objects go display at The British Museum

  • The National Maritime Museum has acquired a model of HMM Algeciras, one of the largest container ships in the world. The 1:150 scale model adds to a collection of 4,600 at the museum, and will go on display in its Voyagers gallery.
  • The story of how Scotland became home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art will be celebrated in a major National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) exhibition this summer. ‘A Taste for Impressionism: Modern French art from Millet to Matisse’ will explore how visionary Scottish collectors in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries invested in what were then innovative and radical artworks. 30 July – 13 November 2022.
  • An exhibition of painter Lucian Freud’s work is to be exhibited at London’s Freud Museum, the family home of his grandfather Sigmund Freud. The exhibition, ‘Lucian Freud: Family Matters’, will feature Lucian’s paintings and drawings alongside family photographs and letters. 6 July – 29 January 2022.
  • An exhibition celebrating the way cinema has shaped the life of Birmingham residents over the last century is to take place at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) when it partially reopens tomorrow. Part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, the ‘Wonderland’ runs from 28 April – 30 October 2022.
  • A new art installation commemorating the UK’s brickworks and the thousands of forgotten workers connected to the industry goes on display at The Brickworks Museum in Southampton. ‘Coralent’ – the name given to a pattern made of bricks – is a new artwork by visual artist, Emma Smith, that will see an installation of suspended bricks hung from the ceiling of the drying room, each representing an individual worker from the industry. It runs from 31 May 2022 as part of the celebrations marking the museum’s 125th year.


  • Arts Council England has announced a new £16.9m Museum, Estate and Development Fund (MEND).The funding, a strand of the Cultural Investment Fund (CIF), is a capital fund targeted at non-national Accredited museums and local authorities based in England.

Arts Council England launches second round of £16.9m MEND funding

Art Fund – Going Places – Oct 2023
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