Art Detective has led to many discoveries about the UK's national collection – from uncovering a Van Dyck masterpiece in Liverpool, to identifying a lost volcanic island.

The associated BBC Four series Britain's Lost Masterpieces has broadcast the work of Art Detectives since 2016. 

Significant discoveries are written about in the Stories section of Art UK.


Art Detective has won the following awards:

  • Museums and the Web 'Best of the Web' category winner 2015, the first time a UK institution has won the overall category
  • Museums and the Web 'Museum Professional' category winner 2015
  • AAM Muse Award 'Digital Communities' category (Silver) 2015