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Major community archaeology project explores the industrial heritage of Portobello Edinburgh

Dig Portobello, an ambitious weekend of archaeological excavations and activities led by volunteers, will explore the industrial heritage of the Edinburgh seaside suburb.

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Wardown Park Museum Makers smash Guinness World Record for Straw Boater Wearing

Wardown Park Museum in Luton is now the proud holder of the Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of People Wearing Boater Hats. Read on to find out why.

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Lancaster bombers head to IWM Duxford for reunion with Flying Fortress

The Canadian and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster bombers will be at The Duxford Air Show with a B-17 Flying Fortress on Sunday September 14.

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Nelson Museum fights to restore WWI flag commemorating sinking of HMS Monmouth

The Nelson Museum in Monmouth is looking for help to fund the conservation of an important First World War artefact – a flag commemorating the sinking of HMS Monmouth in 1914.

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Florence Nightingale's letters published online in transatlantic web project

The handwritten letters of Florence Nightingale have been digitised in a new project between British collections and the Boston University Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

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Liverpool Pals memorial to be unveiled at Liverpool Lime Street for First World War Centenary

The sacrifice of the Pals Battalions of Liverpool is to be marked with a new memorial at Liverpool Lime Street station designed by local sculptor Tom Murphy.

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Historic Victorian railway arches saved in deal between English Heritage and Network Rail

A set of Grade II listed railway arches have been saved from demolition in a unique partnership between English Heritage and Network Rail.

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Game of Thrones star launches Wall Face - the faces who saved and preserved Hadrian's Wall

A Wall-wide display of portraits of the pioneers who protected, conserved or told the story of Hadrian’s Wall is to be launched by Games of Thrones star Ben Crompton, who plays Dolorous Edd.

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Newark braces itself for "blockbuster" English Civil War live action app

A new app will tell the dramatic story of the English Civil War in Newark as part of Newark's new £5.4m National Civil War Centre, which is due to open early next year.

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Richard III skeleton reveals his prodigious alcohol consumption and rich diet

New forensic research on the skeleton of Richard III has revealed his enormous intake of alcohol and rich food.

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Moving on from Stonehenge: Researchers make the case for archaeoastronomy

Could new developments in archaeoastronomy prove theories that Neolithic and Bronze Age people were acute astronomical observers?

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University of Leicester to explore the potential use of drones in archaeology

A new project at the University of Leicester is about to explore the uses of Ground Penetrating Radar and unmanned aerial vehicles - drones - in archaeology.

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Luton Wardown Park Museum attempts Guinness World Record for wearing straw boaters

Not content with introducing Pharrell Williams to the joys of a straw boater, Wardown Park Museum is celebrating Luton's hat making tradition by attempting a Guinness World Record for mass straw......

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Six-year-old's discovery leads archaeologists to 5,000-year-old battlefield in Cardiff

Arrowheads, awls, scrapers and polished stone axe fragments point to conflict at Caerau, where a six-year-old boy made the first discovery in a Neolithic ditch.

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"A huge wake-up call": The lessons of the sale of Northampton's Sekhemka statue

Archaeologist Andy Brockman on the controversial decision to sell a limestone Egyptian statue, made by Northampton Borough Council in an auction which raised £16 million.

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