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Louise Jury meets the gallery's curator of interpretation

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Obituary: Philip Barlow

PHILIP BARLOW moved into art and design education from the museum services in the early Sixties, at the time when the recommendations of the Coldstream Report on advanced courses in art and design were about to be implemented. One of the recommendations required that studies in history of art and complementary (academic) studies were to form a fundamental element of all courses.

Old Masters back on view

ONE OF the world's greatest collections of Impressionist paintings will be joined by Old Masters that have not been seen in Britain for years when the Courtauld Institute Galleries reopen on Friday.

The Map: Want a drink? Join the club

Member's clubs once confined themselves to gentlemen in St James's. But now women and footballers get in, too. Rachelle Thackray opens the doors

Obituary: Professor Michael Kitson

WILLOWY, DIFFIDENT, fastidious, literary: these were the observable traits of a number of art historians teaching at the Courtauld Institute 40 years ago; but they belonged most of all to Michael Kitson, who was a Lecturer and Reader there from 1955 to 1978, and Professor from 1978 until the time of his retirement in 1985, as Deputy Director, to become Adjunct Professor at Yale University and Director of Studies at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London.

Concert plans trouble Courtauld's peace

David Lister muses on plans to create a Parisian-style arts complex in a staff car park

Artful move for Lord Chancellor's redecorations

Even critics of "Derry" Irvine, the Lord Chancellor, have to admit he never misses a trick.

Death in the Alps and a son's claim for the father he never knew

A six-year-old boy whose father died after a fall in the French Alps yesterday began a High Court action against a mountain guide he claims is responsible for the accident.

Alarm over safety of national treasures

The proposed closure of the Hatton Gallery could be dismissed as another casualty of budget constraints. But experts yesterday warned that the gallery was also representative of the wider issue of the role of art in a broader educational context, and how to safeguard Britain's national heritage, writes Jojo Moyes.

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Discoveries of a grand but erudite tourist

EXHIBITIONS: Works from Sir Denis Mahon's great collection offer revelations about 17th-century painters - and the scholars of the 1930s

Obituary: Christopher Hohler

When in the 1970s the Registrar of the Courtauld Institute asked Christopher Hohler for an account of his activities for inclusion in the Annual Report, the reply he received was as follows:

which one's the dinosaur?

Once they were hot property. Now cultural evolution has left them behind. Matthew Sweet meets the Arts graduates, an endangered species

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