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Jeremy Deller, Bob and Roberta Smith, Bedwyr Williams and Nalini Malini's World War I art

Jeremy Deller will release four new films via an app, while Bob and Roberta, Bedwyr Williams and Nalini Malini will also create public artworks as part of the Lights Out campaign.

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Competition: Win tickets to Who Do You Think You Are? Live at the SECC in Glasgow

There are 40 workshops, one-to-one sessions with genealogical experts and celebrity tales at the ninth live edition of Who Do You Think You Are? We've got tickets to give away.

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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......

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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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Archaeologists find baths of "sociable" Romans and early evidence of Christianity

An unusually early Christian silver ring, a bath with a bread oven and butchered animal bones are among the finds at a site near Bishops Auckland revealing 1,800 years of history.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014: Katie Marsden on medieval finds and a World War I medal

More than 12,000 records have been created since the Portable Antiquities Scheme began in Essex in 2003. The county’s Finds Liaison Officer tells Culture24 about two.

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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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