News In Brief - Week Ending June 11 2006

By 24 Hour Museum Staff | 04 June 2006
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Welcome to the 24 Hour Museum news in brief page for the week ending June 11 2006.

photo of editions of Origin of the Species © NHM

09/06/2006 - Natural History Museum Acquires World’s Largest Darwin Collection

The Natural History Museum in London has acquired the most comprehensive collection of books by and about Darwin, known as the Kohler collection. The purchase cost £985,000 – the most the museum has ever spent on a collection. £712,000 of the money came from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Highlights of the collection include a first edition of On the Origin of the Species with a handwritten letter from Darwin to poultry expert WB Tegetmeier and a map of the Falklands from the Beagle voyage. Some of the items will go on display in a special exhibition in 2008.

09/06/2006 - English Heritage Offers Escape From World Cup In Yorkshire

English Heritage has launched a website called where those who would like a haven from news of Wayne Rooney's metatarsal and the pressures on newcomer Theo Walcott can find discount vouchers for football-free attractions in Yorkshire.

a still from a film featuring Winston Chutchill

08/06/2006 - Churchill Museum And Cabinet War Rooms Mark Veterans Awareness Day

The Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms is offering veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces free entry on June 27. The day will also see the launch of the museum's Remembrance project, in which several schools will be working with Westminster senior citizens.

08/06/2006 - Museum Ethnographers Group Launches Its New Website

The Museums Libraries And Archives Council has announced that the Museum Etnographers Group (MEG), which is part of its Subject Specialist Nerwork (SSG) has unveiled its new-look website. The site caries detailed information about the ethnographic collections of 16 UK museums.

a photograph of a stately home

08/06/2006 - Major Restoration Project Completed At Hardwick Hall

The National Trust has finished a major programme of work at one of its most complete Elizabethan homes, Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. £6million has been spent on the estate and throughout June 2006 visitors will be able to view the spectacular hall free of scaffolding.

The National Trust invested over £1 million in the project, £3.5 million came via the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage provided £4m over the last ten years. The scaffolding is however due to re-appear briefly in July as further restoration work begins on the hall’s southeast turret. Picture © NTPL/Mike Williams

08/06/2006 - National Trust Goes Green With Discount Car Free Scheme

The National Trust is going green by offering visitors arriving without a car a discount on their entry fee or a voucher in the teashop. “When thinking about a visit to a National Trust Property why not use a bike, bus, train, ferry or walk to enjoy a car-free day out,” said the Trust’s Head of Access and Recreation, Jo Burgon. One in six National Trust properties, from historic houses to gardens, now offer the scheme. The full list of properties participating can be found at

a head and shoulders photograph of culture minister david lammy

07/06/2006 - Culture Minister Defers Export Of A George II Gothic Cabinet

Culture Minister, David Lammy, has placed a temporary export bar on a George II Gothic painted cabinet from Easton Neston, Northamptonshire. The cabinet is attributed to William Hallett (c. 1752) and sums up the taste of mid-eighteenth-century Gothic revivalists.

The cabinet has been given a starred rating meaning that every possible effort should be made to raise enough money to keep it in the country. Picture © 24 Hour Museum

07/06/2006 - Traveller and Gypsy Culture Celebrated in Harlesden

Travellers and Gypsies Cultural Month was officially launched in Harlesden on June 7 2006. A range of activities involving schools, co-ordinated by Brent Council’s Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS), are planned whilst an exhibition is currently being held at the Gwenneth Rickus Building, Brentfield Road, Neasden, London, NW10 8HE, featuring amateur photographs of circus, fairground and traveller families.

an aerial photograph of three interlinked circular shapes sat within a landscape

06/06/2006 - Tarmac Lodge Appeal Over Thornborough Henges

Tarmac have lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate of North Yorkshire County Council opposing the council’s decision to reject proposals to extend quarrying into the Ladybridge Farm site adjacent to Thornborough Henges in North Yorkshire.

“We await notification of the Inspectorate's Start Date, following which statutory publicity procedures will be put in place,” said a council spokesperson. Picture courtesy English Heritage

06/06/2006 - Torquay Museum To Open A New Ethnographic Gallery

The newly refurbished Torquay Museum is to open another gallery to fit their overall theme of Explorers. The new World Cultures Gallery will highlight the extensive ethnographic collections held by the museum, including Chinese material collected by Charles Paget-Blake in the 1840s and 1850s while he was assistant surgeon on the HMS Cornwallis. Other major regions represented are Japan, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Australia, India, Burma, Tibet, Southern Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Peru. The new gallery is scheduled to open in July 2007.

a painting of men in nineteenth century garb playing football on a village green

05/06/2006 - Bonhams To Auction One Of The Earliest Football Paintings

One of the earliest known paintings depicting a football game is to go under the hammer at Bonhams in Edinburgh this summer. The Village Ba’Game by Scottish artist Alexander Carse dates to 1830 and is set to make £30,000 – £50,000 at Bonhams’ Scottish Sale, George Street on 25 August.

The painting is very similar to another Carse picture belonging to a Dundee art gallery, which is currently on tour at the World Cup in Germany. Picture (detail) courtesy Bonhams.

05/06/2006 - Institute Of Conservation Offers New Opportunities For Training

The Institute of Conservation (Icon) is offering 17 work-based internships starting this September as part of a 4-year scheme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Most of the placements are aimed at new entrants to conservation from arts, crafts or wider arts or heritage-related backgrounds. Information on all placements and details of eligibility can be found on the Icon website at The deadline for submission is June 12 2006.

an architectural drawing of a building next to a river

04/06/2006 - The Lightbox Switches On Its State Of The Art New Website

The Lightbox, the new long awaited gallery and museum, due to open in Woking in Spring 2007, has launched its website. Exclusive information about the exciting new gallery and museum for the South East - and its world record attempt at the longest line of handprints - can be found at

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