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Take a romp through Ancient Rome’s great buildings

Ostensibly a guide to the city's top 50 sites, a new book by Paul Roberts offers far more

‘We are not seeing the picture Rubens intended’: conservation reveals drastic changes made to acclaimed Judgement of Paris

More than a year of meticulous research and work has led to the painting being glowingly restored—while revealing amendments by an unknown artist that “changed the narrative completely”

Saved by a pub entrepreneur, Sherborne House reopens as an arts centre

The comprehensive renovation includes a new restaurant, an events pavilion and the restoration of a James Thornhill mural

Getting plastered: major conservation work begins on an extraordinary ceiling in Cornwall

Visitors have the unique chance to see the barrel-vaulted ceiling of the Long Gallery at Lanhydrock up close thanks to a scaffolding platform

Smoke, fire and livid sunsets: exhibition to show how Turner traced beginnings of climate breakdown

Works on view at the artist’s house in London will reveal the way he captured the early impact of the industrial revolution on the British landscape

Mavisbank House: abandoned Scottish 18th-century mansion to be rescued at last

The the house near Edinburgh is considered one of Britain’s most important buildings—but also its most derelict

Portrait of Charles I's children revealed to be by inventor of tri-colour printing

The print by Jacob Christoph le Blon, which hung under a staircase of a Norfolk mansion, was thought to be a copy of a work by Anthony Van Dyck

Flat decorated with minotaurs and lion heads becomes first Outsider Art work to gain listed status in England

Known as Ron's Place, the property in the Merseyside town of Birkenhead was the home of Ron Gittins, who died in 2019

A major squawk-ing point: Māori parrot-feather cloak set to be star exhibit at Perth Museum

Following painstaking conservation, the delicate piece will go on show at the Scottish museum in its newly opened building, a £27m conversion of the Edwardian former city hall

The best of the Flemish Masters come together in Ashmolean exhibition

Around 120 drawings will be on show at the Oxford museum for a limited time

Shiver me timbers: AI speeds up repair of historic British warship HMS Victory

Technology is being used to create an image database of vessel—as acres of wooden planking damaged by time, water and insects are to be replaced

Newly identified William Kent chairs—discovered in a Wiltshire Church—go on show at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

The two internationally important chairs have been acquired for the reopening of the institution's Founder’s Galleries

Roman funerary bed found in central London

Archaeologists are "blown away" by the levels of preservation of the finds at Holborn Viaduct, which also include five oak coffins, a decorated lamp, a glass vial, and jet and amber beads

Museum of the Home's displays will change to reflect changing times

The 20th-century displays in the London institution’s Rooms Through Time galleries are being overhauled to reflect the diverse communities of Hoxton, the historic core of east London and one of the UK’s most gentrified areas

Trinity College Dublin turns a page on Old Library conservation

A major €90m upgrade of the hallowed Long Room—and its 200,000 books—begins at the end of the year, while its famous Book of Kells gets an immersive makeover

Striking gold: 2022 was a record year for treasure and antiquities finds, with more than 50,000 items reported

From gold coins to ivory carvings, many pieces were found by amateur metal detectorists, according to latest report by British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme

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A new book explores the life of a pioneering Irish stained-glass artist through his glorious creations

Michael Healy’s reclusiveness belied his trailblazing role in Ireland's most prestigious studio of its kind

Waddesdon Manor’s elephant swings its trunk once more

Restored to its former glory, the 200kg automaton is now on show at the Buckingham mansion

DIY insulation and cow bones: Oxford college renovation reveals what life was like as a 17th-century student

The conservation of St John’s College has uncovered hidden paintings, underfloor fire escapes and an intriguing signature

Spectacular Lumiere art festival lights up UK city of Durham

The latest edition of the popular event includes work by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Ai Weiwei

Model restoration: Holbein painting of Tudor merchant returned to original glory—including sharper cheekbones

The newly conserved portrait of Derich Born will star in the Queen's Gallery show on the northern Renaissance artist

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From bonnets to ball gowns: inside Jane Austen's well-ordered closet

The author’s voluminous letters to her sister Cassandra reveal her fashion tastes and thrifty skills

Five generations of Brueghels are brought together for the first time

New show will examine the political and economic conditions that shaped the family’s fortunes

East Sussex institution hails the pioneering queer couple who changed textiles

The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is displaying an exhibition that pays homage to the unsung influence and secret history of Hilary Bourne and Barbara Allen

'These journeys should be remembered': Victorian stone benches for migrant workers are given listed status

Travellers' Rest stones were installed between Liverpool and Manchester for travel-weary Irish labourers

Riddle of the Iron Age warrior buried with a mirror and sword is solved

A new scientific method has been used by archaeologists to determine the sex of the skeletal remains found on the Isles of Scilly

Leighton House: the celebrated Victorian artist’s jewel-box home has been opened up

The sumptuous home and studio of painter Frederic Leighton has been made more welcoming with a £9.6m redevelopment

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British wartime control tower to become holiday home after £3.1m restoration

Conservation charity Landmark Trust plans to transform derelict building into unique four-bedroom house, due to open in 2025

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The invented histories of the Isle of Avalon

An entertaining study of the seductive legends of England’s past, from the eighth century to the present day

Diaries of the UK's first female professional astronomer acquired by Bath's Herschel Museum

The revealing handwritten memoirs of Caroline Herschel, the first woman to receive payment from King George III for her interstellar discoveries, has been acquired by the museum that was once her home