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A photo of a 17th century fire engine at the Museum of London

This 17th century fire engine would have weighed half a tonne and squirted six pints of water

A major exhibition marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London opens this week – and one of the star exhibits will be a 17th century fire engine rebuilt to a millimetre-perfect version of its original look.

A photo of someone taking a look at an ancient stamp of queen victoria at london's postal museum

Object of the Week: The world's oldest postage stamp, as carried in a bomb-proof briefcase

A priceless sheet of the Penny Black postage stamp has travelled from London's Postage Museum to New York this week. Take a closer look at this 176-year-old symbol of communication.

An old photo of an industrial tractor from an exhibition at coventry transport museum

What's your favourite tractor? From the South Pole to Bollywood, Coventry celebrates mud and glory

In Coventry, 2016 is the year of the tractor, which curators say they will immortalise as “mud and glory” heroes, including a procession of 70 vehicles in July.

A photo of a set of historic planes at the National Museum of Flight in Edinburgh, Scotland

In Pictures: National Museum of Flight to reopen after £3.6 million redevelopment

Scotland's National Museum of Flight reopens for the Easter weekend. Here are some of the spectacular exhibits to expect in the hangars of East Lothian.

A photo of ancient bottles of whisky on a green surfaced table next to a banknote

Lost bottles of whisky from 1940s shipwreck resurface in house on Scottish island

Two whisky bottles which sank with a steamer 75 years ago have resurfaced following a tip-off by a long-serving archivist on an island on the edge of the Inner Hebrides.

A photo of a buggy from the 19th century American Civil War at the Ulster Museum in Belfast

Object of the Week: An American Civil War buggy owned by a priest from Armagh

Father Arthur Michael McGinnis, who was ordained a Roman Catholic priest and sent to the small town of Gettysburg during the 19th century, owned this buggy, pre-dating the Civil War he witnessed.

a photo of a man standing on the front above the buffers of the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive

In Pictures: Flying Scotsman returns to steam for the first time in a decade

Flying Scotsman is back in steam for the first time in a decade as the legendary locomotive is brought back to life to showcase the science behind steam to new generations.

A photo of a series of brown books containing the history of Aberdeen

Shipwrecks and stolen cloth: Scots could have treated pirates of medieval Europe leniently

A set of court papers from as far back as the 14th century portrays Aberdeen as an important trade centre in medieval Europe whose leaders may have taken a lenient view of pirates.

A black and white photo of a mother and her children reading a letter in 1916

Object of the Week: The family of a 16-year-old World War One hero learn of his posthumous honour

This is the moment when the mother of John Travers Cornwell – otherwise known as Jack or Boy Cornwell – was informed that he would receive a posthumous Victoria Cross.

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