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Imperial War Museum appeals for help with web project charting history of WWII American airmen in England

The lives of American personnel who served on British airbases during World War Two are being brought to life in a new crowd sourcing web project launched today by Imperial War Museum Duxford.

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Competition: Win a copy of World War I graphic art anthology The New Wipers Times

Writer Helen Cross and artist Carol Adlam have recreated the renowned trench magazine in a stylish graphic art book as part of the World War I Centenary. Win it here.

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Cake and bubbly-fuelled joy as Maritime Museum enjoys Family Friendly Awards win

Organisers say they "could not be more chuffed" as Cornwall's National Maritime Museum celebrates victory at two major award ceremonies.

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Archaeologists find "totally fascinating" medieval friary and human skeletal remains

Human remains, a wall and medieval ceramics have been found at a 13th century Dominican friary destroyed in Stirling during the Reformation in 1559.

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In Pictures: The 22,000-coin Seaton Hoard found by archaeologists in Devon

Take a look at the 4th century Roman coins which thrilled experts at the British Museum - including the coin declared the Portable Antiquities Scheme's millionth find.

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Ten of the best archaeological discoveries made in Britain by the Portable Antiquities Scheme

As the scheme announces its annual report and millionth find, take a look at the famous hoards, huge cannons and tiny coins which are among Britain's finest finds.

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Massive Roman Empire coin hoard found by archaeologist who slept in car for three nights

Laurence Egerton, who discovered 22,000 copper-alloy coins near a Roman villa in Devon, has been praised by experts as an Exeter museum launches a bid to buy the hoard.

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New Normandy memorial and designs for statue of D-Day hero CSM Hollis unveiled

A memorial to the men who fought in the Normandy campaign of World War Two was unveiled this week at the National Memorial Arboretum and statue designs were revealed in Middlesbrough for D-Day VC......

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Roman occupiers had comfy boots, granaries and heating in southern Scotland, say experts

A rotted boot found during a dig near Dumfries would have been used by a soldier to patrol 2nd century tribes in Scotland, say archaeologists investigating Carzield Roman Fort.

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A wiki for the First World War? International Encyclopedia of the Great War to launch online

The latest web project to be launched for the First World War Centenary is a Pan European Encyclopedic wiki featuring international perspectives on the conflict.

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World War I Leeds Pals village and German POW camp rediscovered by archaeologists

Archaeologists have found sauce and beer bottles, broken crockery and children's toys from a rural Yorkshire village which once housed workers, Leeds Pals battalions and German Prisoners of War.

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Prized 108-ton steam loco launches triple fundraising appeal at East Lancashire Railway

East Lancashire Railway volunteers are to undertake a sponsored pull of their flagship LMS “Crab” 2-6-0 No.13065 loco, to launch a major campaign to raise £250,000 for three key projects.

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Victorian railway infrastructure discovered by archaeologists near London tube station

A 200-metre long engine shed, workshop and train turntables have been found among artefacts from Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 19th century Great Western Railway.

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Archaeologists launch oral history project to celebrate 60 years since Temple of Mithras discovery

A Museum of London Archaeology oral history project will collect and celebrate the experiences of people who visited the Temple of Mithras during 1950s excavations.

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London Transport Museum Battle Bus heads through Belgium for First World War Centenary tour

London Transport Museum’s recently restored and converted B-type bus No.B2737 Battle Bus is on a ten-day tour of battlefields across Belgium and Northern France.

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