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  1. Tom Savvides

Historical instruments go under the hammer at auction

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.

Arts project puts museum in running for top award

Yinka Shonibare MBE with the 'Inventive Factory' team Credit: Chichester District Council

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.


Village museum joins Mary Rose in battle for art prize

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.

Mary Rose exhibition finalist of Museum of Year 2014

The Mary Rose Museum is one of six finalists for the competition Credit: Mary Rose 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 museum houses unique finds from the historical flagship Credit: Mary Rose museum

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.

Visitors can relive the experience of those on the Mary Rose in the museum Credit: Luke Hayes

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.


Oxford Museum reopens following roof restoration

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.

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Museum celebrates world record

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.

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