Georgian and Victorian

Explore Britain's Georgian, Regency and Victorian heritage with exhibitions, events, features, news and web resources gathered from hundreds of museums, archives and historic sites across the UK.

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Only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales to open for Museums at Night

The Gas Museum in the Norfolk town of Fakenham will light a lamp for the public this May. Chairman Mike Bridges tells us about pubs, cookers and the holes in every field.

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Crapper to Modern Toss: Toilets by Twilight charts cistern history for Museums at Night

Pink toilet rolls, the Thomas Crapper seat, Carry on at your Convenience and "books about poo" all feature in a hot flush of a Museums at Night event in the Potteries.

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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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Sex, addiction and the earliest ice recipe: 17th century journal reveals history of chocolate

During the 17th century, chocolate was seen as a health-damaging drug. Unperturbed, the Earl of Sandwich tried to produce a frozen treat during the 1660s.

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Future King advised to avoid war in 18th century letter revealed at Buckingham Palace

The Prince of Wales's 18th century letter, advising the future King George III in a checklist shortly before the writer's premature death, is about to go on public show.

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Picture Gallery: Skulls, tools and cremations from 9,000 years of London archaeology

Transport for London's Crossrail subsidiary has launched an exhibition of some of its incredible finds from sites across the city. See a few of the discoveries here.

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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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"Long and confusing" embroidered rants from a 19th century workhouse join Norfolk exhibition

Found in the attic of a house in County Durham, a large, punctuation-free embroidered panel by bygone stitcher Lorina Bulwer has joined a textile exhibition.

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Human remains and Medieval wall discovered by archaeologists at Anglesey church

Archaeologists say human remains were dumped outside a medieval wall in an early 7th century building on the site of the current St Ffinan's church.

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Picture Gallery: Stunning Georgian costumes at Bath Fashion Museum

Fans of Austen and the Georgian period should make their way to the Fashion Museum in Bath where a series stunning original costumes take centre stage.

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A Victorian Michelangelo: Huge new archive reveals the letters of George Frederic Watts

A revealing new online catalogue, compiled with devotion by a National Portrait Gallery archivist, reveals the remarkable life of one of the 19th century's best-known artists.

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King George III, female football referees and archaeology as Weymouth Museum returns

Devised entirely by volunteers, a museum full of maritime artefacts has reopened for the first time in two years.

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Books, bodies, bangles and boats: The top ten archaeology discoveries of 2013

From castles and fields to railway stations and log boats, dig up the past with us and come on a journey through some of the best archaeology finds of the year.

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Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain at the British Library

The British Library's wonderful collection shows Georgian Britain as a magnificent, intellectual, industrious and fun-loving place, says Emily Beeson.

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Compton Verney secures HLF funding to restore Capability Brown's parkland

Compton Verney has won a first round pass for their plans to restore and reinvigorate their celebrated park, designed by English landscape gardener Capability Brown.

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