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National Museum Cardiff on the art of a First World War propaganda campaign

National Museum Cardiff reveals the entire series of 66 prints from the portfolio, The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals commissioned by the British government in 1917.

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Poignant archive of local men who fought in the First World War digitised by Manx Museum

The First World War archive of men from the local parish of Douglas kept by the local vicar has been digitised and published online by Manx Museum.

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Art Fund and campaigners criticise council as museums lose Arts Council support after Egyptian statue sale

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Abington Park Museum have lost their Arts Council accreditation after Northampton Council sold the limestone Egyptian statue, Sekhemka, for £14 million.

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery reveals the painting that inspired Wilfred Owen

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is about to launch a new exhibition called Remembering the Great War for the First World Centenary - with a little seen painting admired by Wilfred Owen.

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July 2014's top ten UK archaeology artefacts

Gold beads, hacked Roman legs and jawbones, cave coins and Tutankhamun all turned up in the summer heat. Take a look back at ten of the discoveries.

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What if Archduke Franz Ferdinand had worn a bulletproof vest? asks Royal Armouries

A researcher at the Royal Armouries in Leeds is researching the ballistic qualities of a vest that could have saved the life of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

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Anglo-Saxon arthritis sufferer, graves and swords found by archaeologists at Barrow Clump

Archaeologists have been reflecting on their latest excavations at a Salisbury site which has been a Neolithic settlement, Bronze Age burial mound and Saxon cemetery.

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Richard III sculpture architects on creating a steel artwork next to Leicester Cathedral

London-based Dallas Pierce Quintero on the silhouette-reflecting steel plates commissioned in honour of the life of Richard III.

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Experts see Richard III's battle injuries as infirmary remains help create new skeleton

Experts from Loughborough University say Richard III's "significant injuries" from the Battle of Bosworth were "quite clear to see" during a project based on the king's remains.

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Jeremy Deller, Bob and Roberta Smith, Bedwyr Williams and Nalini Malini's World War I art

Jeremy Deller will release four new films via an app, while Bob and Roberta, Bedwyr Williams and Nalini Malini will also create public artworks as part of the Lights Out campaign.

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Competition: Win tickets to Who Do You Think You Are? Live at the SECC in Glasgow

There are 40 workshops, one-to-one sessions with genealogical experts and celebrity tales at the ninth live edition of Who Do You Think You Are? We've got tickets to give away.

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Illustrious life of critic/broadcaster Kenneth Clark makes for satisfying Tate Britain show

Best known for his 1969 documentary series Civilisation, the subject of Tate's biographical show had a number of strings to his bow, as Mark Sheerin discovers.

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Europeana project aims to save more forgotten First World War family histories

Do you have First World War family heirlooms and mementos? The British Library and Europeana 1914-1918 are calling on people in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and beyond to share their stories for a unique......

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Goodbye Piccadilly - the buses that went to war at London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum explores the role of buses and bus drivers during the First World War, as well as life on the home front and the social changes that took place in wartime London.

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English Heritage appeals to public to tag vast collection of First World War aerial photos

First World War Centenary planners and English Heritage are asking the public to share their knowledge of some of the sites shown in Britain from Above's collection of 95,000 photos.

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