• The Prime Minister has reappointed Michael Lynton as a Trustee of the Tate for a term of four years, from 22 June 2021 to 21 June 2025. Lynton serves on the Board of Snap, Inc., Warner Music Group, and the Smithsonian.
  • Chezzie Hollow has been appointed director of the Museum of East Dorset in Wimborne.

Exhibitions and displays

  • Dippy the diplodocus skeleton is to return home to the Natural History Museum next year from summer through to Christmas, following a journey across the UK with ‘Dippy on Tour’, which attracted a total of 2 million visitors.
  • A new railway tourist attraction is now in the planning state, Darlington Council has announced. The Rail Heritage Quarter, a working title for the location, is set to feature holograms and a theme park-style trip through time.
  • A new exhibition featuring the works of a well-known local trans woman, Katie Wilson, will open its doors at the North Herts Museum in Hitchin next week. The Woman Inside will feature a series of paintings dealing with both mental health and trans identity. November 2nd – 28th.
  • The Corinium Museum’s galleries are to welcome a dog skeleton dating back to between 400-200BC.

Funding and acquisitions

  • The first stage of refurbishment has begun at the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum in North Yorkshire. Contractor Tolent has begun work which includes a £1.3m contract for refurbishment of the existing building and the construction of a new extension. A further £1m will be spent on new displays, three temporary exhibitions and 12 months of museum activities after it opens.
  • 142 historic sites across England are receiving grants worth £35 million through the government’s Culture Recovery Fund. Historic sites set to benefit include Birmingham’s community-run Moseley Road Baths, St Michael Coslany, Norwich, Jane Austen’s House in Hampshire, Leicester Cathedral and the Tower of London.

Roof of Jane Austen’s House to be restored with 300,000 reclaimed tiles

  • Museums Northumberland – the independent charity providing Northumberland’s museums service – is one of 30 charities chosen by a panel of judges to receive £10,000 as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to good causes this year.


  • EPIC Irish Emigration Museum has been named Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction by the 2021 World Travel Awards. The latest awards marks the third year it has secured the title.


  • Kate Hulme has been awarded £14,984 through Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants for Midnight at the Museum, a Hastings Museum & Art Gallery project. The new storytelling and well-being activity for children will be run by Hastings Museum & Art Gallery this autumn and winter.
  • Alongside The Tank Museum’s new WW2 exhibition, a new special kid’s trail, dressing up stations, and interactive games are to be put on during half term.
  • The National Museum of Computing in Milton Keynes is to launch an escape room programme, in which visitors will be challenged to piece together puzzles based on computing history in order to escape. Beginning January 2022.
  • Climate and environment activist Greta Thunberg today (Friday 29th) visited the Natural History Museum in London where she explored its exhibition dedicated to the planetary emergency.
  • The annual EFG London Jazz Festival returns to The Barbican this year, produced by Barbican Associate Producer Serious. November 2021.
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