Arts and Entertainment The V&A says it has discovered a previously unknown oil sketch by John Constable tucked beneath the lining of another work

Restorers uncovered the artwork while renovating a major painting

Classical music: Embarrassment of riches

The world's biggest music festival, the BBC Proms, opens tonight. Martin Anderson selects the best of the 105th season

V&A WANTS POSH DRESS

V&A WANTS POSH DRESS

Obituaries: Clive Wainwright

He was a great lover of new technology, with a kitchen full of the latest gadgets alongside a dining room with furniture by Pugin

Letter: Class barrier

DR ALAN BORG, director of the V&A, says he wants to return to the museum's original mission, to promote art and design and encourage the interests of the working man ("V&A prepares to rejoin the modern world", 23 May). Since he introduced the compulsory pounds 5 admission fee, visitor numbers have fallen steadily, and we may assume that the working man has been successfully deterred.

Tate and V&A pool art collections

TRUSTEES OF two leading art collections yesterday announced a pioneering deal which will eventually see both treated as a single pool of work.

V&A prepares to rejoin the modern world

THE VICTORIA & Albert Museum is making a radical return to the creed of its founding fathers as it celebrates its centenary, switching to concentrate on contemporary collections and away from merely archiving past creative successes.

World's most costly helmet `is a fake'

THE WORLD's most expensive helmet, bought by the Royal Armouries for pounds 114,000, is an imitation, experts have said.

Time to turn over a new lily

Is there life after Monet? Charlotte Mullins finds out how the nation's leading galleries plan to keep the crowds coming

What the lady saw

Caught in the sunlight, the dresses of the early Victorian aristocracy never looked so sumptuous as in photographs by a pioneering viscountess. Louise Jury feasts her eyes

Obituary: Shirley Bury

IT IS the heaviest printed book I have ever held. It weighs in at 32lb, fills 1,380 pages, is quarter-bound in red goatskin by Cedric Chivers, set in Caslon, designed by Guy Miles Warren, edited by Shirley Bury's great friend Claude Blair, half of it written by Bury herself, and published by the Stationery Office at pounds 1,000 per copy.

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION: These fashion images changed the world. Could yours do the same?

To most of us fashion photography is just a glossy way of displaying shop stock. But it goes far beyond that. Fashion photography changes lives. All the pictures you see here have had a direct influence on what we wear and how we live.

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Queen loans V&A hidden treasures of the Sikhs

A RARE JEWEL, unseen by the public for nearly 150 years, has been loaned by the Queen for the first ever international exhibition of the Sikh artistic heritage. It will take pride of place alongside priceless stones which once belonged to Shah Jahan, the Mogul emperor who built the Taj Mahal.

Obituary: Walter Cole

LIKE MANY artists who became potters Walter Cole worked as a sculptor before taking up serious potting - an indication of how the status of the studio potter was slow to gain widespread acceptance despite the early pioneering work of Bernard Leach and others since the early 1920s.
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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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