£2.4m fund to help museums borrow objects

Plus funds for cultural exchange between Northern Powerhouse and South Asia 

£10m Art Fund campaign to save Elizabeth I portrait

Painting could enter public collection for first time in its 425-year history

British Museum confirms provenance of looted Afghan Bowl

Bowl returned to Kabul and will be displayed at National Museum of Afghanistan

News analysis
 Arts and culture take centre stage as local elections loom

Politicians are being pressed on funding plans

Tax relief no 'game changer'

Proposals to help museums do little to change the overall funding picture

Interest in Islamic heritage rises

Regional and independent organisations support initiatives

Sector considers DCMS museums review

Exploration of digitisation and storage welcomed

Scottish museums enjoy capital gains

Ongoing investment fuelled strong visitor growth last year