Edwardian to now

Explore the history of Britain since 1900 with exhibitions, events, features, news and web resources gathered from hundreds of museums, archives and historic sites across the UK.

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Northern Soul all-nighter to grab sound from floorboards at Manchester's Victoria Baths

Ten-day arts festival Un-Rest has begun at Manchester's Restoration-winning Victoria Baths. Morris Dancers and bodybuilders play their part in a show of powerful physicality.

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Curator's Choice: Actor, model and self-taught painter Rudi Patterson's Visions in Colour

From witnessing slavery in Jamaica as a youth to painting from a Notting Hill concrete high rise, Rudi Patterson's show at Leighton House Museum is powerful, says Wesley Kerr.

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Curator's Choice: Henri Matisse – The Cut-Outs at Tate Modern

Nicholas Cullinan, the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and co-curator of Tate's Matisse show, on key works from the exhibition.

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King's Cross shedmaster makes pilgrimage to Yorkshire as Mallard bids farewell

Peter Townend, who controlled the speed record-breaking Mallard during a 43-year railway career, travelled from Torquay to Durham for a final glimpse of its two sister engines.

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Classic motor history pictures to be revealed as Transport Museum begins overhaul

More than 200,000 photos from an archive once owned by an industrial powerhouse are to be catalogued in Coventry, where the Transport Museum's redevelopment has begun.

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Deirdre Barlow's prize glasses under watch as Coronation Street tours open to public

Ena Sharples' hair net, Hilda Ogden's curlers and Vera Duckworth's hooped earrings are among the exhibits as Coronation Street prepares to open for public tours.

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Inside the new HMS Alliance and galleries at the National Museum of the Royal Navy

The only surviving British World War II-era submarine has reopened following a £7 million renovation, alongside the new £4.5 million Hear My Story galleries. Take a look.

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Thierry Noir, first artist to paint on the Berlin Wall, has first solo show in London exhibition

In 1984, French artist Thierry Noir settled in a squat overlooking the Berlin Wall at the border. Thirty years on, his works are about to arrive in London.

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Ben and Winifred Nicholson's grandson to curate exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Art Historian Jovan Nicholson will examine the art and lives of Ben and Winifred Nicholson and Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and William Staite Murray this summer.

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Bletchley Park huts to tell tales of whooping codebreakers who became World War II heroes

See pictures inside the huts as planners at Bletchley Park prepare to open them to the public following an £8 million, Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration.

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John McEnroe, Michael Jackson and Margaret Thatcher: Cartoon Museum's Spitting Image

London's Cartoon Museum marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the satirical show which shocked and launched careers during the 1980s and 1990s.

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Picture Gallery: Exquisite John Piper landscapes of Wales join Cardiff collection

Take a look at five of the highlights from a £974,000 collection of the mid-20th century painter's works, bought by National Museum Wales.

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Picture Gallery: Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Liz Taylor and Years of La Dolce Vita

This summer, the Estorick Collection hosts an exhibition of dozens of photographs of Hollywood stars in Rome during the 1960s.

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Wives and Sweethearts: Love Letters sent During Wartime revealed by Army Museum

Described as an alternative to the "saccharine sentiments" of Valentine's Day, letters and photos at the National Army Museum reveal enduring, thriving wartime love stories.

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Spitfire Fighter plane takes to the roads in manoeuvre from Manchester to London

Having stood in the Museum of Science and Industry's Air and Space Hall for 19 years, technicians have dismantled a 1940s plane and sent it to the RAF Museum.

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