£500,000 curatorial development fund for UK regional museums

John Ellerman Foundation looks to advance curatorial skills

Apply now for the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

First round application deadline is 6 September

Government to renew law enabling return of Nazi-looted art

UK plans to renew Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act 2009

Art UK to create online catalogue of UK's sculpture collection

£3.8m project will put around 170,000 sculptures online

BM trains Iraqi heritage experts

A government-backed scheme is attempting to protect cultural sites from the damage caused by war

Interest in Islamic heritage rises

Regional and independent organisations support initiatives

Shake-up at National Media Museum

NMM presses on with plan to transfer 300,000 objects to the V&A

Mining museums look to the future

The closure of the UK’s last deep-coal mine will necessitate a rethink
of the role of mining museums

Home and away

Museums are working hard to create a deeper understanding of migration

Museums can help address empathy deficit

Humanising the history of difference

Helping each other to be brave

At every step of the way, someone in another museum or gallery has given us time, knowledge, help and confidence

Editorial

Making no bones about the need for cooperation

International opening

Musée d’arts de Nantes, France

Trendswatch

Robots taking over museums

Profile

Bryan Biggs, the artistic director of the Bluecoat in Liverpool, talks past and future

Canada turns 150

Museums and galleries across Canada are holding a vast array of exhibitions and events to mark 1 July, the day of confederation 150 years ago

Best in show

Silver travelling canteen of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, made by Ebenezer Oliphant, c.1740 National Museum of Scotland David Forsyth

National Justice Museum, Nottingham

This is a well-judged renovation of a historic venue that addresses issues surrounding crime, punishment, law and order

Best in show

Mon docteur, 1907, by HM Menier, Manchester Museum

Jorvik Viking Centre, York

Caroline McDonald steps back in time at this immersive visitor attraction that reopened recently in Yorkshire

Making a museum

How Sarajevo's War Childhood Museum came into being

A vision for radical change in museums

Year two of the MA's Transformers scheme

Using technology to increase access

Scottish museums use touch screens, audio and computer game Minecraft

Seeing the past through new technology

Applying new technologies to museums' collections