In the current referendum campaign, the more romantic advocates of leaving the EU look to the former empire as a better alternative to Europe, a diverse, global community with Britain at its centre. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The sumptuously restored European galleries at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum offer a splendid showcase for more than 1,100 objects from the muse(...)

Late former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, with some of her handbags, photographed   with  late former French president Francois Mitterand  at left, and separately with Queen Elizabeth. File photographs: AFP/Getty Images

Handbags owned by late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, whose apocryphal use of them to bludgeon opponents gave rise to the term “handbagging(...)

From left: Kyoto vase (1875-1980); and Nagoya vases (1900-1910 and 1912-1926). Images: copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Blame mass production, perhaps, but the processes by which once unique, costly and highly specialised objects can now be enjoyed by everyone, have (...)

Portrait of Alexander McQueen from Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

It should have been a triumphant moment. It was a chill October evening in Paris, and Alexander McQueen had just showed Plato’s Atlantis, his unive(...)

The Nutribullet

The detritus of daily life is recorded for posterity at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. One of the world’s best-known and most highly res(...)

A marble bust of Homer by Francis Harwood, previously the property of a parish priest of Kilcullen, has an estimate of between £70,000 and £100,000 at Sotheby’s London

Sotheby’s has announced that another important piece of antique sculpture, “discovered in Ireland” is to be auctioned in London. Sotheby’s representat(...)

Hut on Sleds on Whangapoua Beach, New Zealand by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

A year can be a long time in publishing. In his introduction to Small Architecture Now, published this summer by Taschen, author Philip Jodido asks(...)

Visitors to The Wedgwood Museum, as art lovers have just a few months to raise millions of pounds to prevent a “tragedy” which would see the historic Wedgwood Collection sold off.   Its future has been in doubt since Waterford Wedgwood Potteries collapsed in 2009 with a £134 million pension debt which threatened the future of the museum where the collection was kept. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

One of the most important ceramics collections in the UK will be broken up and sold off in three months unless a public appeal can raise £2.74 million(...)

Like most places, Dundee has a problem with alcohol; though the problem in the Tayside city is worse than most because it has one of Scotland’s worst death figures due to drink.

Four out of every five people who turn up at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital between 11pm and 4am every night are drunk, or have suffered injury at the ha(...)

Mohammed Issa  outside his supermarket in Dundee: “People should give Scotland a chance to be a success,” he says. Photograph: Mark Hennessy

Stewart Hosie, the local Scottish National Party House of Commons MP, points delightedly to Saltire flags marked with a “Yes” that hang in the wind(...)