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World's oldest handwritten parchment letter heads to London for exhibition of philatelic treasures

Some of the world’s oldest and most historic letters are coming to London for Europhilex, a dazzling free display of precious philatelic treasures.

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Scotland's first statue of Mary, Queen of Scots, unveiled outside Linlithgow Palace

A new statue of one of Scotland’s best known historical figures, Mary Queen of Scots, has been unveiled at the place of her birth in 1542, Linlithgow Palace.

A photo of a statue of a woman in Elizabethan dress holding a bible and touching her rosary

Scotland's first statue of Mary, Queen of Scots, unveiled outside Linlithgow Palace

A new statue of one of Scotland’s best known historical figures, Mary Queen of Scots, has been unveiled at the place of her birth in 1542, Linlithgow Palace.

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Stone Age axemen used "complicated thinking", say archaeologists using brain scanning

Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging on the brains of archaeologists who had been taught to recreate prehistoric tools, researchers say Lower Palaeolithic craftspeople were more skilled than previously......

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Old black and white photo helps RAF Museum recreate Claude Grahame-White's Hendon office

Claude Grahame-White's sumptuous first floor office has been faithfully recreated at the RAF Museum in London after careful analysis of a single black and white photograph.

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Archaeologists to reconsider origins of industrial era obesity and cancer by scanning Museum of London skeletons

Some of London’s most important skeletons will be digitally x-rayed and scanned in a new archaeological investigation linking "man-made" diseases with the industrialisation of the city.

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A magical atmosphere: Step back into the 18th century with a candlelit tour of a magnificent Georgian York townhouse

The York time capsule which might just be the country’s most beautiful Georgian townhouse is inviting people in for two special evenings of candlelit performances this May.

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Five Myths of Gallipoli: The National Museum of the Royal Navy puts the record straight

As Anzac Day approaches, The National Museum of the Royal Navy's historian and curator Nick Hewitt outlines five myths of the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War.

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"The horror of it was more than I can describe": The force-feeding equipment used on a suffragette at a Liverpool prison in 1910

See the set of force-feeding equipment used at Walton Gaol in Liverpool more than a century ago - now held at Nottingham's Galleries of Justice.

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Hoards, axes, rings and dress pins: Archaeologists survey treasures from Bronze Age to Tudor period in Wales

Eight Welsh finds have been declared treasure in Wales, from a metal detectorist's discovery of a hoard of coins in Glamorgan to a 16th century ring inscribed with words of romance.

Cats and books to bake-offs and bread: 20 of Orkney Library's best tweets on Twitter

Stewart Bain, the man behind the Orkney Library account which is renowned as one of the funniest on Twitter, picks 20 of his favourite jokes from two years of tickled followers.

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Massive 13-metre Waterloo Cartoon emerges from Royal Academy stores for Waterloo Bicentenary

Following a major conservation project, the Royal Academy is to display its monumental 13-metre wide cartoon The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo.

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Bone fragments and burial goods of "wealthy and cosmopolitan" Roman found in North Hertfordshire village

A complete Roman jug, bone fragments in a large hexagonal bottle, a worn 2nd century bronze coin and an iron lamp are among the finds made by a metal detectorist in the village of Kelshall.

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Archaeologists find coins, bow brooches and bones among Iron Age and Roman discoveries in Peterborough

David Crawford-White, of Oxford Archaeology East, on the Lottery-funded search for artefacts which has inspired hundreds of people on a dig partly fuelled by cake.

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Bearded men bottles could have been filled with urine and hair to ward off 17th century witches

Archaeologists in Hampshire say a set of four bottles, found during construction work on a BT building in 1981, could have contained antidotes to throw back evil spells.

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