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Heritage Open Days 2014: Fourteen places where you can immerse yourself in history

The ever-expanding festival expects to put on more than 4,000 events this weekend. From gardens and abbeys to swimming pools and football, here are a few of them.

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The rich First World War archive of the Illustrated London News goes online

The pictures that illustrated the First World War are the star attraction in a new website that mines the archives of the Illustrated London News and Illustrated War News.

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Open competition lets London homeowners make their house a National Trust property

In an open competition with four £1,000 prizes, house-proud Londoners are being given the chance to make their home the National Trust's 13th property in the capital.

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"Lost house" destroyed by 17th century Civil War Royalists found on Nottinghamshire pipeline

Archaeologists will rebury and preserve two stone walls in a dramatic first discovery at Kelham, in Nottinghamshire, during water pipeline work.

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Royal Armouries prepares its revolutionary Victorian 64-pounder gun for a rare firing

The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson is preparing its great Victorian 64-pounder Rifle Muzzle Loading gun for a rare firing later this month.

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Stonehenge "may never be the same again" as new digital map reveals stunning hidden archaeology

A host of previously unknown archaeological monuments have been discovered around Stonehenge thanks to an unprecedented digital mapping project.

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Archaeologists find remains of German Messerchmitt downed during Battle of Britain dogfight

Service personnel and archaeologists working on an innovative archaeology programme have unearthed the remains of a Messerschmitt Bf 110 at Lulworth in Dorset.

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Artist's Statement: Jessica Collett on feminism, fluff and Tudor Queens

The young playwright Jessica Collett discusses the "immeasurable" Tudor impact as she prepares to open her play, Mother, Crone, Maiden, at Liverpool's Bluecoat gallery.

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Bath's version of Great British Bake Off to support £19.3 million Abbey campaign

The public are being invited to take part in a day of baking and fine food, launching a campaign to restore Bath Abbey's floor in the home city of Bake Off judge Mary Berry.

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UK Prefab Museum battles for survival with Kickstarter campaign

A living museum in a prefab in Catford is using a kickstarter campaign so it can stay open and celebrate post-war life through art, archives and the sharing of memories.

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Campaigners call on Channel 4 to create Time Team special for archaeologist Mick Aston

Lee Brady, whose petition has earned thousands of signatures in support of an episode in honour of the Time Team hero, says the programme should hold a tribute dig.

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The Wedgwood Collection Choice: The First Day's Vase from the Industrial Revolution

Marking a milestone in the Industrial Revolution, the Wedgwood's black basalt vases were made to celebrate the opening of the ornamental works at Etruria. Take a closer look.

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Archaeologists reveal Roman Norfolk with in-demand garden digs in Caistor St Edmund

Homeowners in a village near Norwich have invited archaeologists into their gardens in pursuit of Roman artefacts. Andrew Ray, of the digging team, reveals more.

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In their own words: Why the £2.75 million bid to save Wedgwood Collection must succeed

Wedgwood Museum Director Gaye Blake-Roberts, Design Critic Alice Rawsthorn, Stoke-on Trent MP Tristram Hunt and the V&A's Tim Reeve on the Wedgwood appeal.

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Art Fund launches public appeal to save £15.75 million Wedgwood Collection

The V&A will take ownership of the UNESCO-classified collection before loaning it to the Wedgwood Museum if a public appeal can raise £2.75 million in under three months.

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