Conservation

Castle in war-torn Yemen partially reopens

Emergency repairs at 11th-century fortress offer a ray of hope in country where dozens of historic sites are damaged or destroyed

Salisbury Cathedral conservation offers window into William Morris’s workshop

Edward Burne-Jones’s stained-glass work has been removed for conservation for the first time

‘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”

Icom names Medea Ekner as director general

Ekner, who was appointed interim director general last year, has 25 years of museum experience in Sweden and New Zealand

Up in arms: Mexican archaeological bureau denounces damage to at least one mummy in Guanajuato’s famous museum

Local authorities respond that mummy deterioration is not new and even inevitable given a history of visitors “touching them or taking souvenirs, such as bits of clothing”

Kernel of truth: pollen cone stuck in paint reveals where Van Gogh’s Irises grew

His purple flowers have now faded to blue, as revealed during research for a Getty exhibition in October

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

Little-known mural Keith Haring made for an Iowa school goes on public view for first time

Created less than a year before the artist’s death, ‘A Book Full of Fun’ was painstakingly moved to the Stanley Museum of Art while the school undergoes renovation

St Mark’s architect warns that Venice’s historic houses are falling down

In an interview, Maria Piana, the architect responsible for the famous basilica, says urgent action is needed to save the city’s houses from rising water levels

Salvation for artist’s apocalyptic prophecy house

Isaiah Robertson's house covered in kaleidoscopic assemblages in Niagara Falls, New York, to open to the public as an art destination and community gathering space

Artist Mary Miss sues US art centre to block demolition of her Land art environment

Municipal officials recently approved the Des Moines Art Center’s plans to demolish “Greenwood Pond: Double Site”

Two climate activists charged for pouring red powder on National Archives display of the US Constitution

The Valentine’s Day protest was carried out by members of the environmental group Declare Emergency

Under the bonnet: €300,000 Ferrari-funded restoration completed on 13th-century Cimabue fresco

Maestà di Assisi, located in the saint's home town, which survived a deadly earthquake in 1997, has been returned to its original luminosity

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

Uproar over US art centre’s plan to demolish Land art environment by Mary Miss

The Des Moines Art Center in Iowa intends to demolish Miss’s environmental intervention, against the artist’s wishes

Venice city council proposes limiting tourist groups and banning loudspeakers

Latest measures are attempt to stem mass tourism and conserve the historic city

Revealed: the damp-proof lead layer protecting Rembrandt’s The Night Watch

Scientists discovered extra seam during Operation Night Watch conservation project at the Rijksmuseum

Private donations save Bologna’s Garisenda tower from collapse

City had been forced to cordon off leaning 12th-century structure

President Macron confirms Notre Dame opening date plus plans for a new museum

While worshippers will be permitted to enter the cathedral by December 2024, a revamp of the surrounding area will continue

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

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

Controversial Stonehenge tunnel scheme gets greenlight from UK government

Campaign groups say move is ‘as inexplicable as it is disgraceful’

Art and heritage groups must ‘take action now’ to protect culture against climate change, report says

Authors of a new report from the the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation and the National Endowment for the Humanities say climate change is the most significant threat in conservation

Climate protestors who targeted US National Gallery of Art’s Degas sculpture face prison time

The two protesters have have been indicted by federal prosecutors on charges of conspiracy

Russian authorities confirm that famous 'Trinity' icon will be transferred to church despite protests from restorers and art historians

The announcement that President Putin will return Andrei Rublev’s masterpiece has sparked criticism from experts due to its fragile condition

Hungry art student eats Maurizio Cattelan’s banana work

The student, who was visiting a major Cattelan exhibition at the Leeum Museum of Art in Seoul, taped the empty banana peel back to the wall

Milan authorities must hire conservationist after struggling to clean statue damaged by climate activists

Italian officials have approved draft bill to bring in tougher sanctions for protestors who target heritage