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Museums at Night 2014: Win a night at the Faber Poetry Archive with an exclusive reading by Daljit Nagra

Five lucky winners will be heading for a night in the Faber Poetry Archive in London's Bloomsbury on May 15 in our exclusive Museums at Night competition.

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St George's Day fun: Where to slay dragons and meet medieval knights this weekend

Puppet dragons, circus skills, archery and falcons all feature as take a look at some of the galleries and heritage sites enjoying St George's Day. Ancient castles often star.

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Happy birthday William Shakespeare: Ten exhibits celebrating Shakespeare in UK galleries

On what would have been his 450th birthday, we take a look at a plaster-cast made when Shakespeare died, a volume of his plays which went to the Arctic, folios and portraits.

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Archaeologists hope to discover more Roman writing tablets at Vindolanda Roman Fort

Archaeologists working on the summer dig at the Roman Fort of Vindolanda on Hardian's Wall say they are hoping to find new examples of the famous Vindolanda tablets.

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Curator's Choice: Rotten eggs and hard labour at the last town gasworks in England

Ovens, tar and the smell of rotten eggs are all part of the ancient ovens at the Museum of Gas in Norfolk, which will enjoy a special opening for Museums at Night.

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British Museum's Vikings Live to hit cinemas on April 24

Continuing the trend for alternative cinema content alongside major London exhibitions, Vikings Live is about to go on a major tour of British cinemas.

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Bath Fashion Museum enlists public to explore women's fashions during World War One

Residents in Somerset are being asked to help stage The Great War in Costume: Family and Fashion on the Home Front by sharing their keepsakes and mementos.

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Only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales to open for Museums at Night

The Gas Museum in the Norfolk town of Fakenham will light a lamp for the public this May. Chairman Mike Bridges tells us about pubs, cookers and the holes in every field.

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Royal Armouries welcomes ruling to block sale of rare Wootton St Lawrence helmet

The Royal Armouries has welcomed an appeal judgement that prevents a rare armet dating to 1500 being sold at auction by a church in Hampshire.

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V&A's Cakespeare has bakers making Bard inspired cakes for Shakespeare's birthday

The V&A's invitation to bake Bard-inspired cakes as part of their Shakespeare festival has resulted in cakes ranging from the ambitious and beautiful to the complicated and bizarre.

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Susan Stockwell unveils work made with recovering soldiers at National Army Museum

Artist Susan Stockwell has unveiled a new textile based artwork at the National Army Museum developed with rehabilitating soldiers.

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Archaeologists head back to Roman Maryport site to investigate building uncovered in 2013

Volunteers and archaeologist are returning to the Roman Maryport archaeological site, on the western extremity of Hardrian's Wall in Cumbria, to investigate a large house unearthed last year.

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Matisse and Mallard to guns and butterflies: Ten things to do around the UK this Easter

From a vertiginous climb above the ss Great Britain to treasures from 15th century China in Glasgow, there's no reason to end up with egg on your face this Easter. Here are a few tips.

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Bronze Age skeleton of dagger-clutching Racton Man could have been a King or priest

Amy Roberts, Collections Officer at the Novium in Chichester, introduces the Bronze Age Racton Man whose imminent analysis could hold national importance.

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King's Cross shedmaster makes pilgrimage to Yorkshire as Mallard bids farewell

Peter Townend, who controlled the speed record-breaking Mallard during a 43-year railway career, travelled from Torquay to Durham for a final glimpse of its two sister engines.

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