• Emmie Kell has been appointed as Museums and Cultural Property Director at the Arts Council, bringing experience roles at V&A, Somerset House, MOSI and as CEO at Cornwall Museums Partnership.
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Founding Director, Peter Murray CBE is to retire in March 2022, its Trustees have announced.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park founding director to retire


  • The Royal College of Physicians museum is opening its doors to the public for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Visitors will be welcomed from 10 January 2022.

Exhibitions and displays

  • Seaton Museum, run by the Axe Valley Heritage Association, is planning to move into new premises from first floor rooms in the former Town Hall to rooms to the Town Council’s Marshlands headquarters.
  • Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke will be the next artist to undertake the annual Tate Britain Commission. Locke will present his response to the unique architecture and context of the neo-classical Duveen Galleries at the heart of Tate Britain. March 2022
  • A major new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will look at the history of anatomical study, from artistic explorations by Leonardo da Vinci to the Burke and Hare murders. 1July 2022
  • Works by artist and sculptor Rowland Emett, the creator behind some of the inventions seen in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, are to go on display this winter at the Science and Industry Museum. 24 November 2021 – April 2022.
  • One of the Land Rover Defenders from the latest Bond film ‘No Time to Die’ has gone on display at the British Motor Museum. The Defender V8 is one of three used in the film’s woodland car chase scene. 25 November 2021.


  • Birmingham Museums Trust has launched a public fundraising campaign to support the conservation of two of Birmingham’s star treasures. The Star of Bethlehem and the Holy Grail Tapestries are the focus of the Conservation Appeal which aims to raise £25,000 towards the cost of conserving the artworks.
  • Tenby Museum and Art Gallery is to hold an art auction to recover funds lost during lockdown after necessary building repairs were carried out. The art will be free to view to visitors prior to the auction. December 10 2021.
  • Art Fund has launched a £1m public campaign which it hopes will enable the UK’s museums and galleries to increase access for people under 24.


  • The Tank Museum and JD Ecommerce have been awarded the Covid Continuity prize at the UK eCommerce Awards, recognising a 1500% rise in sales. The award adds to the museum’s Shop Of The Year Award, received at 2021’s Museums + Heritage Awards. (Entries are now open for 2022)
  • New research from SINGULART has named The Tate Modern in London as the ‘most Instagrammed’ art museum in the UK, with 1.18 million posts from the location, followed by the British Museum and the Saatchi Gallery.

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