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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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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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Gerry Judah honours war cemeteries with twin white cruciforms at St Paul's Cathedral

Installed in the cathedral which stood over wartime London, Gerry Judah's dramatic sculptures aim to question the wastefulness and destruction of war.

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RAF Museum to open First World in the Air permanent exhibition in December 2014

The RAF Museum has announced it will open its new permanent exhibition exploring the first air war in December 2014, with a £900,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Modern Titanics face greater iceberg peril, say experts on anniversary of ship sailing

New research shows that 1912 was a year of "raised but not exceptional" iceberg hazards, with the risk "likely to increase" in the future.

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Dinosaur toe bone found in Doncaster to return home to Scarborough after 50 years

A metatarsal of a sauropod, spotted as a missing specimen in the collection at Doncaster Museum, is to return to the Rotunda collection for the first time since 1964.

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Crapper to Modern Toss: Toilets by Twilight charts cistern history for Museums at Night

Pink toilet rolls, the Thomas Crapper seat, Carry on at your Convenience and "books about poo" all feature in a hot flush of a Museums at Night event in the Potteries.

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Petition supporting Hull's Hands on History Museum nears 2,000 names in City of Culture

The Hands on History Museum in Hull, which opened in 1988, is expected to close to the general public this month as part of council cost-cutting measures.

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Classic motor history pictures to be revealed as Transport Museum begins overhaul

More than 200,000 photos from an archive once owned by an industrial powerhouse are to be catalogued in Coventry, where the Transport Museum's redevelopment has begun.

Commemorative art exhibition Monument translates well to both sides of Channel

100 years from the outbreak of World War I and 70 since the Normandy Landings, four galleries in Norwich, Calais and Caen join forces to mark the occasion.

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