Pencil sketches of the five-year-old Dalai Lama, by Thomas Manning, now at the Royal Asiatic Society in London
13 October 2015

The Royal Asiatic Society has acquired the archive of sinologist Thomas Manning (1772-1840), one of Britain’s first scholars of Chinese language and culture. 

Barbara Hepworth's Two Forms (Orkney)
10 October 2015

The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, Orkney has made an exciting new addition to its unique collection of art. Two Forms (Orkney), a sculpture by Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975).

Carole Souter at the topping out ceremony at the Whitworth Art Gallery
29 September 2015

Carole Souter CBE, Chief Executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund / Heritage Lottery Fund (NHMF/HLF), has announced that she will be stepping down at the end of April 2016, to take on new projects and challenges.

The Broughton Missal
14 September 2015

The Broughton Missal, an extremely rare medieval manuscript containing the text and music needed for church services, has been purchased for Lambeth Palace Library. 

Lorenzo Bartolini’s marble sculpture The Campbell Sisters Dancing a Waltz
21 August 2015

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) are delighted to announce the joint acquisition of Lorenzo Bartolini’s marble sculpture The Campbell Sisters Dancing a Waltz, made in Florence in about 1821.

Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833–98) letter showing the 'fat man'.
4 August 2015

The Ashmolean has acquired an important record of the Pre-Raphaelite artists, the illustrated letters of Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833–98) to Helen Mary (May) Gaskell (1853–1940). 

Picnic event at Lytham Hall
30 July 2015

We are looking for an individual with a broad appreciation of heritage and a commitment to promoting public understanding and enjoyment of it to the widest possible audience to join our Board.

A file of correspondence from the Oliver Messel Archive.
16 July 2015

The personal archive of one of the twentieth century’s foremost theatrical designers, Oliver Messel (1904-1978) has been acquired by the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, thanks to a generous grant of £80,000 from NHMF.

Embroidered folding fan acquired by the Fan Museum
30 June 2015

The Fan Museum is delighted to announce it has acquired, with the generous support of the Art Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), a unique piece of fan history in the form of an embroidered folding fan, c1590–1630.

Cornelis de Heem's A Still Life of Flowers and Fruit arranged on a Stone Plinth in a Garden
1 June 2015

A vividly detailed 17th century still life painting, originally bought by a patron of the arts and a minister to King William III, has returned to its historical home.