The Staffordshire hoard is spectacular. But now the countryside will be overrun with metal detectorists

Unearthing the Anglo-Saxon treasure will spark a modern gold rush There is no reason to believe that Terry Herbert, the 55-year-old Staffordshire man who stumbled upon one of the greatest hoards of Anglo-Saxon treasure discovered in Britain, has any particular interest in the early Middle Ages. He is a metal detectorist, and they are generally […]

National Museum of Scotland: suspend your disbelief

Newly renovated, the National Museum of Scotland at last gives a collection of Victorian curiosities the extraordinary showcase they deserve. Jonathan Glancey takes a look inside A hippopotamus suspended from the rafters. A colour television dating from 1937. A giant Victorian lighthouse lens that once illuminated the Firth of Forth. A seal gut anorak, looking like plastic, made […]

Turkey wages ‘cultural war’ in pursuit of its archaeological treasures

Ankara accused of blackmailing museums into returning artefacts while allowing excavation sites to be destroyed Turkey has been accused of cultural chauvinism and attempting to blackmail some of the world’s most important museums in the wake of its demands for the return of thousands of archaeological treasures. According to cultural chiefs in Berlin, Paris and New York, […]