Objects

Objects and the stories they tell are what most museum collections are all about. Explore these fascinating objects here with museum and gallery exhition reviews, event listings, websites and related resources.

A photo of a yellow Asian sculpture of a figure made out of yellow, black and red

Curator's Choice: The new Voices of Asia gallery at Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum's World View gallery has switched its focus from Africa to Asia. Curator Antonia Lovelace tells us about tea, jade, ivory and Dhol drumming videos.

An image of various cut-out paper prints in different colours looking like coral sections

Curator's Choice: Henri Matisse – The Cut-Outs at Tate Modern

Nicholas Cullinan, the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and co-curator of Tate's Matisse show, on key works from the exhibition.

An image of various blocks of colour

Chapels, circuses and colour as Matisse's Cut-Outs thrill at Tate Modern

The most expansive exhibition of Henri Matisse's works in decades concentrates on the prolific final 17 years of his life in an exhibition recreating the excitement of the artist's studio.

A photo of people looking at a human body in motion shown in forensic detail

German anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens' preserved humans to visit Newcastle

Fusing art, science and culture, the exhibition of plastinated bodies visits Life after being seen by more than 38 million visitors in cities across the world.

A photo of a human skeleton laid out on a table

Bronze Age skeleton of dagger-clutching Racton Man could have been a King or priest

Amy Roberts, Collections Officer at the Novium in Chichester, introduces the Bronze Age Racton Man whose imminent analysis could hold national importance.

A photo of a man standing in front of an enormous blue locomotive steam engine

King's Cross shedmaster makes pilgrimage to Yorkshire as Mallard bids farewell

Peter Townend, who controlled the speed record-breaking Mallard during a 43-year railway career, travelled from Torquay to Durham for a final glimpse of its two sister engines.

A photo of a large white sculpture of a cross on the wall of an enormous cathedral

Gerry Judah honours war cemeteries with twin white cruciforms at St Paul's Cathedral

Installed in the cathedral which stood over wartime London, Gerry Judah's dramatic sculptures aim to question the wastefulness and destruction of war.

A photo of a stencil black painting of a man holding a child in front of their mother

Public offered chance to buy shares in "extremely rare" Banksy artwork

Having proved successful in France, My Art Invest has launched with a Banksy artwork, Daddy's Back, as part of a contemporary gallery space in Shoreditch.

A mock-up image of people standing around a circular structure outside of a museum

Intriguing chunk of gigantic stone pier to spend summer in front of Museum of London

London and Zurich-based design team Gruppe will create a playful pier for visitors to share their thoughts on the museum after beating 70 hopefuls to the commission.

A photo of a line up of jagged flint tools against a red background

Thousands of tools found near Biggar reveal first humans in Scotland as hunters 14,000 years ago

More than 5,000 flint tools, discovered by an archaeological group near Biggar, suggest Scotland's first humans arrived 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.

A photo of people holding a stone dinosaur fossil outside a museum

Dinosaur toe bone found in Doncaster to return home to Scarborough after 50 years

A metatarsal of a sauropod, spotted as a missing specimen in the collection at Doncaster Museum, is to return to the Rotunda collection for the first time since 1964.

A photo of a piece of fabric showing an urban scene from Britain

Museums at Night Curator's Choice: Grayson Perry's taste tribe tapestries in Liverpool

Aligning biblical scenes with Cath Kidston bags, Grayson Perry's tapestries will open at the Walker Art Gallery for LightNight this May. Curator Pauline Rushton tells us more.

A photo of various types of toilet in a museum display

Crapper to Modern Toss: Toilets by Twilight charts cistern history for Museums at Night

Pink toilet rolls, the Thomas Crapper seat, Carry on at your Convenience and "books about poo" all feature in a hot flush of a Museums at Night event in the Potteries.

A photo of the blood system of an insect

520 million-year-old swivel-eyed predator carried earliest cardiovascular system, say experts

A fossil found in China, related to modern insects, spiders, lobsters and millipedes, has one of the earliest blood vessel systems in a living animal, say Natural History Museum scientists.

A black and white photo of people standing around a vintage motor racing car

Classic motor history pictures to be revealed as Transport Museum begins overhaul

More than 200,000 photos from an archive once owned by an industrial powerhouse are to be catalogued in Coventry, where the Transport Museum's redevelopment has begun.

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