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The plaster mask was sold for £175,000 to an overseas buyer earlier this year by a descendant of the brother of its original owner

DIARY: Museum seeks to raise the roof

LONDON's skyline could have a new addition by the turn of the century, a huge dome-like structure above the National Maritime Museum, following approval by Greenwich council of a pounds 9m plan. A partially glazed elliptical roof raised on four steel columns will cover a courtyard exhibiting royal barges, ships' engines and a paddle steamer. Students of architecture are expected to be delighted.

Diary: Labour moves into the black

The Labour Party has long been able to score political points over the Conservatives on the subject of apartheid, but with the South African elections in sight, its rivals are gaining the upper hand. Following a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party on Wednesday night, Conservative MPs were surprised to learn that all eight Labour representatives selected to go on the 20- strong Westminster delegation to oversee next month's historic vote are white.

'Titanic' show goes on despite grave-robbing row: Maritime museum says it is satisfied none of the artefacts have been taken from the wreck. Rhys Williams reports

AMID concerns about 'grave robbing', an exhibition of artefacts recovered from the seabed around the wreck of the Titanic will be staged at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich this autumn, before embarking on a world tour.

Travel: Departures: Moving ahead

THE MUSEUM of the Moving Image (MOMI) on London's South Bank is the city's best-liked tourist attraction, according to a new visitor survey. When votes for 'best attraction' were calculated as proportion of numbers visiting 26 London venues, MOMI was placed top with 44 per cent, followed by the Tower of London (41 per cent), Madame Tussaud's (35 per cent), Natural History Museum (34 per cent), National Gallery (30 per cent), National Maritime Museum (29 per cent), Science Museum (28 per cent), Hampton Court (28 per cent), Rock Circus (26 per cent) and the London Dungeon (26 per cent).

Art Market: Telephone bid secures 'Jerusalem' for 617,500 pounds

The last complete copy in private hands of William Blake's prophetic book, Jerusalem, was sold at Christie's yesterday for pounds 617,500. Bearing in mind that many regard it as Blake's greatest work, Christie's had prophesied that it would sell for between pounds 600,000 and pounds 1m. It went to an anonymous telephone bidder, writes Dalya Alberge.

Travel: A mean time in Greenwich

'EXCUSE me, sir. Is this where we stand in line for the Green Witch boat?' asked the American tourist laden with the regulation 2.4 cameras. For a moment I thought he might have been talking about a pub, then realisation dawned: 'Oh, you mean Greenwich.'

Tripping the light fantastic: On Saturday, a shaft of light will pierce the night sky over London, illuminating the Meridian Line from its starting-point at the Old Royal Observatory. Dalya Alberge reports on the latest addition to the skyline

Peter Fink would rather his name wasn't mentioned. Happy enough to talk about his art, he is uneasy at the hyping of artists - 'who are becoming actors rather than creators'. He believes artists should be more like architects, whose buildings are often better known than the individuals who built them. 'Artists have become 'culture-icons',' he adds, 'propelled by the art market into producing 'significant' works with a recognisable style, that can be repeated and bought, before they develop fully.'

He had the whole world in his clock hands

THIS YEAR is the tercentenary of the birth of one of my heroes, a man whose work I do not understand in any technical sense although its beauty, precision and usefulness have delighted me for 20 years. His name is John Harrison.

150-year mystery of lost expedition may be solved: A chance find by a man on holiday may explain an Arctic disaster, reports James Buchan

In Baffin's Bay where the whale-fishes blow, / The fate of Franklin no man may know

Recovery plan for Bronze Age ship under A20

ARCHAEOLOGISTS are to launch a rescue bid to recover further sections of a 3,000-year-old ship found in Dover last month.

Roadworks unearth Bronze Age ship

A SHIP 3,000 years old has been discovered by archaeologists in the centre of Dover.

Museum charts glory days of power at sea

THE NATIONAL Maritime Museum in Greenwich, south-east London, yesterday opened its latest permanent exhibition.

Summer reading: Books for Children: Non-Fiction

Nature Detective: Plants by Anita Ganeri & Adrian Lascom, Franklin Watts pounds 7.99. Introduction to botany which blends basic facts - how plants grow, what flowers are for - with well-I-never snippets: the flower that imprisons midges to make them unload their pollen cargo; the plant that grows five kilos of roots per day. Superb pictures, lots of things to make - bark rubbings, mushroom spore prints, bottle gardens.
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