Museums ‘ditching staff for volunteers’


More than a third of museums and galleries cut staff last year, while nearly half increased the number of interns and volunteers, according to a survey by the Museums Association. Cuts were primarily due to a reduction in public investment, which had continued to affect half of all museums in the past year, the Association said. More than a fifth (21 per cent) of museums cut staff numbers by more than 10 per cent during the period surveyed, July 2012-July 2013.


Lost portrait of 17th-century feminist to go on display for first time

A re-discovered portrait of Lady Anne Clifford has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery. Previously lost, and recorded only through literary references, the painted portrait was discovered in a European private collection. Image copyright National Portrait Gallery.

WW1 led to ‘ladette culture’ as women turned to drink

During the First World War women flocked to pubs and drank alcohol in greater quantities than before, according to a new study. In employment and with so many men away at the front, women found themselves with more disposable income and freed from many domestic restraints, research by Genes Reunited concluded.

Richard III’s lost chapel ‘has been found’

Archaeologists believe they have found evidence of Richard III’s ‘lost chapel’ in Towton, north Yorkshire. While filming new archaeology television series Medieval Dead, due to air on Yesterday later this month, a team uncovered the structural remains of a building.

Titanic burial at sea photo to be auctioned in Devizes

A rare photograph showing Titanic victims being buried at sea is to be auctioned in Wiltshire. The image was taken days after the tragedy of 15 April 1912, on board the recovery ship the CS Mackay-Bennett.

Drying times ahead for Henry VIII’s Mary Rose warship 



Groundbreaking conservation work is being undertaken on the Mary Rose. For the first time since the ship was raised in 1982, the hull is being carefully air-dried in a controlled environment. Image copyright Geoff Hunt/Mary Rose Trust.

Lancaster bomber pilot surprised with Bomber Command clasp 

A Lancaster bomber pilot was surprised with the presentation of his long-awaited Bomber Command clasp, on his 89th birthday. At a ceremony in front of the memorial to the World War Two RAF bomber crews in London’s Green Park, Flight Lieutenant Harry Hooper received the clasp on his war medal.

Egypt exhibits artefacts that survived uprising 

Nearly 30 ancient Egyptian artefacts that narrowly survived the Arab Spring uprising in Cairo in 2011 have gone on display in the city. The exhibition, entitled Destruction and Restoration, includes 11 items that had been stolen from the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square.

Introduction of farming led to ‘Black Death’-type population collapse

The introduction of farming into Western Europe 7,500 years ago led to dramatic population collapse, according to new research. In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from University College London (UCL) found evidence of decreases in population size as great as 60 per cent.

Roman skulls discovered at London’s Liverpool Street station 


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Archaeologists working with London’s Crossrail project have discovered 20 skulls believed to be from the Roman period. While building a utility tunnel at Crossrail’s Liverpool Street station site, Museum of London archaeologists (MOLA) found skulls in the sediment of the historic river channel of the river Walbrook. Image copyright Crossrail.




‘Missing piece’ of Stonehenge Avenue to open to visitors in December  

Stonehenge visitors will soon be able to trace the route along which people in prehistoric Britain made their way to the monument, when new visitor facilities open to the public. From 18 December visitors will be able to walk along the newly completed Stonehenge Avenue, which will have been reconnected to the stone circle after being severed by the A344 road for centuries.