The last debutantes

Marianka Swain visits an exhibition at Kensington Palace that tells the story of the last debutantes, who were presented at Court in 1958

Best of the proms

Country Life’s selection of events you mustn't miss this summer

Hot couture: Viktor & Rolf

Are Viktor & Rolf's creations high fashion or art? Genius or madness? Judge for yourself at the Barbican, but, rest assured, you won’t be unmoved, says Jane

London summer evenings

Now that we have these beautiful long summer evenings there are now so many more opportunities to enjoy what London has on offer. We find the pick of the crop……

Treasures of the English church

A new exhibition sees precious objects from 12 centuries of the English Church gathered together. Philippa Glanville admires their beauty and craftmanship

How to commission a portrait

Details on how to commission a portrait through The Mall Galleries and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Interview: Sandy Nairne

Sandy Nairne’s career in art began at Oxford where he ran the Oxford Students Arts Council

New Kew art gallery

The first ever gallery of botanical art opens in a few weeks at Kew Gardens

Tips on investing in Art

The market is still booming and there's never been a better time to buy as Clive Aslet discovers in talking to three collectors

Guide to Warrington Museum

One of Britain's earliest municipal museums in Warrington is a veritable unreconstructed Victorian wonder house

Interview: Mark Jones

Jeremy Musson talks to Mark Jones who has been director of the V&A Museum for the past six years and is a champion of art and design