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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 online archive.

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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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The best exhibitions to see for the First World War Centenary in 2014

The First World War Centenary sees thousands of exhibitions and events take place across the world. Here are the best First World War exhibitions to see this year in the UK.

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COMPETITION: Win a copy of Andrew Robertshaw's Somme 1916, Battle Story

We have three copies of Andrew Robertshaw's new account of the Battle of the Somme to give away to Culture24 readers.

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19th century whale jawbone leaves Edinburgh Meadows as repair bid begins

Experts are about to launch a repair job on the Jawbone Arch, which has stood over the gateway to Edinburgh's Meadows since the aftermath of a science exhibition in 1886.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014: The story of an early Bronze Age lunula found in Dorset

Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, the Finds Liaison Officer for Dorset, tells Culture24 about landowners chucking cows out of fields and neck rings found in grave settings.

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Curator's Choice: Meg McHugh on Olympic bike racing stars and boneshakers

A "very heavy" Boneshaker from 1868 and Victoria Pendleton's aerodynamic vehicle from the 2012 Olympics are among the highlights at MOSI's new exhibition.

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Happy birthday Discovery Museum: Pictures from Newcastle's home of history past

Who knew that Tyneside's most popular history venue used to have a different name and live in a former bacon warehouse? The Discovery Museum celebrates 80 years.

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Imperial War Museum reopens with ground-breaking interactive First World War gallery

Imperial War Museum's new First World War gallery, which has reopened following a £40 million overhaul, is a major step forward in museum exhibitions, writes Richard Moss.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014: Roman gold, a medieval matrix and an amulet in Cornwall

Anna Tyacke, the Finds Liaison Officer for Cornwall, chooses a Roman gold bracelet or neck fragment, a medieval silver seal matrix and a first pestle amulet.

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Cara Spencer on her dad, the Beatles, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana and Victoria Beckham

Curated by his daughter and named after the war hero and photographer's favourite phrase, Living Dangerously is about to showcase Terence Spencer's remarkable career.

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Archaeologists invite public to see walls, floors, buckles and spoons at medieval manor

Owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury before the English Reformation, Headstone Manor is holding an open day to the public following a month-long archaeological excavation.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014: Roman gold coins and daggers of war in the west

Kurt Adams, the Finds Liaison Officer for Gloucestershire and Avon, introduces an extremely rare gold coin and a dangerous metal dagger found by a fisherman.

Festival of Archaeology 2014: Medieval rings, Bronze Age hoards and Iron Age discoveries

Jennifer Jackson, the Finds Liaison Officer for Kent, chooses three formidable archaeological discoveries found across the region, including the Boughton Malherbe hoard.

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