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Lincoln Castle's £22 million restoration set to open to public on Magna Carta anniversary

The five-year restoration of William the Conqueror's 11th century castle will aim to draw global visitors to Lincolnshire on the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, say organisers.

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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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Hidden Victorian nursery revealed for families to enjoy at 17th century Audley End House

The magnificent Essex mansion will reopen to the public in April following works which have included the unveiling of a previously unseen nursery. Take a peep inside.

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Curator's Choice: Hadrian's stonework, the Wroxeter Roman Mirror and a polar bear

Emma-Kate Lanyon, the Head of Collections and Curatorial Services, on the star exhibits and the long campaign to finish the new £10 million Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

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Trust behind Hadrian's Wall expresses "deep regret" as lack of funding forces closure

The Hadrian's Wall Trust will seek an "orderly and solvent" closure within the next six months after struggling following the loss of development funding.

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Public invited to dig deep for Dirty Weekends as Time Team star leads crowdfunded project

Returning this summer in what could be the only crowdfunded archaeology in the world, a two-week project at the 14th century Leiston Abbey hopes to help the public dig in.

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Public inquiry into £160 million scheme for Smithfield Market begins

The Victorian Society and Save Britain's Heritage will oppose plans to demolish part of Smithfield Market in an inquiry set to continue until the end of February.

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Archaeologists open walled up window for first time in 500 years at Mingary Castle

Drilling through a lancet window at a 13th century castle once used against Viking invasions, archaeologists have opened a view last seen by a Scottish clan 500 years ago.

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Blaise Castle, Georgian House, Kings Weston Roman Villa and Red Lodge spared closure

Three museums and a Roman Villa in Bristol have a safer future after being removed from local funding cut proposals.

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National Army Museum reveals details of five new galleries in £23.5 million masterplan

A lengthy consultation with visitors and the public has culminated in the National Army Museum's Building for the Future project.

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Public offered questionnaire amid plans to close Walsall Museum in council budget cuts

The public are being given the chance to have their say on the future of Walsall Museum, which could close this year under council plans to save £70,000.

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Historic Royal Palaces to reveal 300-year-old Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court Palace

Chocolate-making demonstrations will take place in the baroque kitchen where Thomas Tosier, the chocolatier to successive Kings, once carried out his complex cookery.

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Thousands sign Snibston Discovery Museum petition to Leicestershire County Council

More than 7,500 people have backed a petition in support of the heritage site on Victorian colliery grounds, which is under threat following hefty funding cuts.

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Britain's oldest Christmas tree? Wrest Park celebrates Sequoia garden giant

A garden in Bedfordshire has recreated a 19th century photoshoot with an ancient Christmas tree originally planted by Head Gardener Seward Snow in 1856.

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York Minster is dramatic setting in BBC One Boxing Day show Death Comes to Pemberley

An adaptation of PD James' bestselling homage to Pride and Prejudice, starring the likes of Doctor Who actress Jenna Coleman, gives centre stage to historic York.

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