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The Mirror and the Minister

15 April 2014

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An extremely rare Bronze mirror, dating from the Iron Age and discovered near Didcot, Oxfordshire, has had a temporary export bar placed on it to provide a last chance to raise the £33,000 needed to keep it in the UK.

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Arts Council England is today opening applications to the Museum development grants programme

03 April 2014

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The aim of the Museum development grants programme is to ensure that a network of advice and support is available for all Accredited museums, as well as those working towards Accreditation, no matter what their size or scope, so that they can maximise their benefits to audiences and communities. The fund will support a national network of organisations that promote museum development, and will also complement existing support provided by other funding agencies, including Local Authorities. Further details on the programme can be found on our website here.

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Museums experts publish new guidance on sale from museum collections

31 March 2014

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Museums and Libraries

The Museums Association, Arts Council England, CyMAL, Museums Galleries Scotland and Northern Ireland Museums Council join forces to publish updated guidance on disposal. A refreshed Disposal Toolkit along with additional guidance on financially motivated disposal are being published on Monday 31st March.

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Two rare manuscripts saved for the nation

18 March 2014

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The British Library has acquired two rare manuscripts, preventing them from leaving the UK. The Catholicon Anglicum, a 15th-century English-Latin dictionary, and a printed traictise owned and annotated by John Ponet both became subject to a temporary export bar following a recommendation from the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, which is administered by Arts Council England.


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Renaissance Masterwork of Manuscript Illumination acquired for the nation

06 March 2014

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An exquisite illuminated play text from the fifteenth century, has been acquired for the nation and allocated to the British Library by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax under the Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) Scheme which is administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport. The acquisition was supported by generous grants from the Art Fund, the Friends of the British Library, International Partners in memory of Melvin R. Seiden and from the Breslauer Bequest, as well as donations from other anonymous funders.

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Arts Council England announces successful recipients of the Renaissance Strategic support and Designation development funds

05 March 2014

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Arts Council England announces today the successful funding bids in the latest rounds of the Renaissance programmes, the Strategic support fund and the Designation development fund.

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Six national treasures worth almost £11.2 million saved for the nation in 2012-13

27 February 2014

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The 59th annual report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (Reviewing Committee) is published today. Six Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest worth almost £11.2 million in total were saved from leaving the country in the last year and purchased for collections across the UK.

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Le Brun’s “Portrait of Everhard Jabach and family” granted temporary reprieve

07 February 2014

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The Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, has placed a temporary export bar on a rare 17th century French painting by Charles Le Brun, Portrait of Everhard Jabach and family, providing a last chance to keep it in the UK. Unless a matching offer of £7,300,000 can be raised, the painting will be exported.

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Minister prevents Cabinet from leaving the UK

29 January 2014

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The Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, has placed a temporary export bar on an exquisite French Empire medal cabinet, to provide a last chance to keep it in the UK. Unless a matching offer of £534,000 can be raised, the cabinet will be exported.

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Poussin Painting at risk of export

23 January 2014

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A painting by Nicolas Poussin, depicting the moment the infant Moses trampled Pharaoh’s crown, will be exported overseas unless a matching offer of £14,000,000 is made. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on the work in the hope that a UK buyer can be found in the time allowed.

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