Historic musical instruments costing more than half a million pounds are to go under the hammer at an auction like no other in Newbury. The pieces are being sold by Finchcocks Museum in Goudhurst near Tunbridge Wells, which closed at the end of last year. Tom Savvides has been to see what's on offer, ahead of the big sale next month.
A museum in West Sussex has been shortlisted for a national award.
Chichester's The Novium Museum is in the 'Project on a Limited Budget' category of the 'Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence'.
It was recognised because of its community arts project, the Inventive Factory, a 24-hour inventive festival combining music, performance and art.
A service of thanksgiving is being held at Westminster Abbey for Lord Montagu at noon today.
The founder of the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu died last August. The memorial service is open to all.
The number of visitors to the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth is expected to hit the half a million mark today. The museum which is based at the historic dockyard opened in May last year.
The five hundred thousandth visitor will be greeted on arrival and offered a behind the scenes look at the collection.
A village museum in Sussex will compete with the new Mary Rose exhibition hall in Portsmouth, as well as Tate Britain, to be named the Museum of the Year.
The Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft reopened last September and could win an Art Fund prize worth £100,000.
The result will be announced on July 9 and we spoke to director Hilary Williams about the museum.
Portsmouth's new Mary Rose Museum is one of six national museums to make it to the final of a national museum competition.
The prestigious Art Fund Prize for the Museum of the Year 2014 recognises an exceptional standard of excellence and awards the winner a prize of £100,000 annually.
The Historic Dockyard's nomination comes after the centre welcomed 415,000 visitors since opening.
The museum displays the starboard section of the ship that served Henry VIII for 34 years, before spending over 400 years under the Solent.
Following the painstaking archaeological excavation and recording of the exact location of every find, the project team have been able to recreate the interior of the Mary Rose, where the ship has been reunited with the possessions of the crew and all the material of a Tudor warship.
The six museums which have been selected as finalists for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year are:
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, East Sussex; Hayward Gallery, London; The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich; Tate Britain, London; and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield.
Millions of pounds have been spent, over the last few years, on our museums and places of culture.
We've seen the Seacity Museum, open in Southampton - telling the story of the great ship Titanic and, last year, in Portsmouth - the opening of the new Mary Rose Museum.
Well, today, another unveiling - as the wrapping came off - hundreds of treasures at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford. They've been boxed away for over a year - as Rachel Hepworth explains.
They are some of the rarest prehistoric gold ornaments ever found in Britain and they are now on display at the Dover Museum. The bronze age bracelets and armbands have been insured for £1 million.
It's a motoring enthusiasts' paradise - classic cars from Bugatti to Rolls-Royce, MG to Triumph. The collection has been built up over many years by a private collector in East Sussex - the vehicles all lovingly maintained and kept in a dedicated museum.
But as David Johns explains, all is not quite as it seems. He talks to Phil Collins, collector, and Chris Booth, Car enthusiast.