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(...)

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(...)

A glass jug is produced at the Waterford Crystal factory that opened in 2010. Photograph: David Sleator

Next month, Taoiseach Enda Kenny is likely to hand president Barack Obama shamrock in an Irish crystal bowl at a ceremony in the White House, a(...)

Junior infants at St Brigid’s NS Castleknock, in Dublin, try the Handwriting Without Tears programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Developing a signature style

The thousands of letters in the archive of the actor Vivien Leigh, which the Victoria & Albert Museum, in London, acquired this year, are unlikely(...)