This year's Museums and Galleries Month featured special events, late-night openings, torch-lit tours, live music and storytelling. As part of the celebrations, 50 museums and galleries also screened the blockbuster film Night at the Museum. Museums Journal sent writers to five venues to sample what was going on
The winner of this year's European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) is the German Emigration Centre (GEC) in Bremerhaven, which received its prize at a ceremony held appropriately in Alicante, Spain - another port city with a long history.
Representatives from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), MLA London and the London hub, would like to see a single Renaissance plan for London for 2008-10, but they are not all in agreement about whether this can be implemented in time.
The Museums Association's (MA) plan to introduce a clause to its code of ethics that would allow financially motivated disposal in 'exceptional circumstances' as long as the money raised is reinvested in the museum's core collection, has met with opposition.
Explosion!, the cash-strapped museum of naval firepower at Priddy's Hard in Gosport, is to be taken over and managed by Verve Properties, a London-based property developer.
The Cutty Sark, which was badly burned in a fire last month, can be saved, according to Chris Livett, the chairman of Cutty Sark Enterprises.
The trustees of the Natural History Museum's (NHM) decision last month to return 17 skeletons to the Aboriginal people of Tasmania could see other UK museums follow suit.
Hopes were high among most people in the arts when New Labour came to power ten years ago. The preceding 18 years had generally been regarded as being a tough period for the arts. John Holden, the head of cultural policy at thinktank Demos, said of the landscape of the time: 'It was a very demoralised sector - the whole of the philosophy and rhetoric of government was very anti the arts.'
The idea that 'museums are forever and collections are for posterity' needs to be challenged, according to Nick Merriman, the director of the Manchester Museum.
More details are emerging about the Cultural Olympiad and how museums and galleries will be able to get involved.
English Heritage is to continue to manage the 18th-century London property Apsley House, following a Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) review.
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (BMAG) is looking at 'alternative staffing arrangements' and possibly redundancies, according to Rita McLean, the head of museums and heritage services.