Work & Daily Life

Explore the social history of Britain with exhibitions, events, features, news and web resources collected from museums, archives and historic sites across the UK.

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May Day in Berlin, Palestinian uprisings and Putin protests: Disobedient Objects at the V&A

The art of protest is played out across 99 objects in the V&A's new exhibition, from the Congo and China to Texas and South Africa. Christian Engel takes a look.

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Europeana project aims to save more forgotten First World War family histories

Do you have First World War family heirlooms and mementos? The British Library and Europeana 1914-1918 are calling on people in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and beyond to share their stories for a unique online archive.

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Curator's Choice: Meg McHugh on Olympic bike racing stars and boneshakers

A "very heavy" Boneshaker from 1868 and Victoria Pendleton's aerodynamic vehicle from the 2012 Olympics are among the highlights at MOSI's new exhibition.

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Happy birthday Discovery Museum: Pictures from Newcastle's home of history past

Who knew that Tyneside's most popular history venue used to have a different name and live in a former bacon warehouse? The Discovery Museum celebrates 80 years.

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I Scored a Goal in the World Cup Final: Jairzinho

As part of photographer Michael Donald's award-winning series, Brazil legend Jairzinho reflects on his goal in the 1970 World Cup final.

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Competition: Win a copy of new Taschen book The Age of Innocence - Football in the 1970s

From politics to sideburns, The Age of Innocence is a tribute to an unforgettable era in the beautiful game. Win a copy of the beautiful book here.

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I Scored a Goal in the World Cup Final: Pelé on vanquishing Sweden and his dad crying

Portrayed in an exhibition by photographer Michael Donald, Edson Arantes do Nascimento reflects on his childhood World Cup memories and the near-invincible Brazil team of 1958.

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The World Cup in five seconds: Artists animate Paul the Psychic Octopus from 2010

Damien Poulain and Joseph Sparkes pay animated tribute to Paul the Psychic Octopus, who gained worldwide fame for his accurate predictions during the 2010 World Cup.

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In Pictures: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harewood House's Tour de France

William, Kate and Prince Harry saw the Tour off, cycling star Lizzie Armistead camped overnight and The Red Arrows and World War II planes soared as Le Tour visited Yorkshire.

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Lady Gaga Parliament protest prevails as Secretary of State rules on Smithfield Market

An army of Lady Gaga-inspired protestors are enjoying the edge of glory after their opposition to a proposed retail and office development saw a government inquiry go their way.

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A History of the World Cup in 24 Objects: David Goldblatt on an 1872 England shirt

A knitted cotton England shirt from 1872 illustrates a facet of football that has remained largely unchanged for 150 years, says the writer.

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The World Cup in five seconds: Diego Maradona's hand of God goal against England

Twenty-eight years after it grabbed the headlines, artist Andy Baker recreates Diego Maradona's infamous goal for Argentina at the World Cup in Mexico.

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Ten exhibitions and events to see in UK galleries and museums for the Tour de France

The Yorkshire Festival heralds exhibitions ranging from French porcelain to giant outdoor sculptures, while a land art project stretches across the South Pennine area.

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A History of the World Cup in 24 Objects: The Justin Fashanu World Cup and Uruguay's ball

In the 1930 World Cup final, hostilities between Argentina and Uruguay meant a different ball was used in each half. We also look at The Justin Campaign's version of the trophy.

Freestyle football star of Wayne Rooney's Street Soccer in World Cup museum showcase

Ash Randall, who owns 13 world records and has shown off his skills alongside the likes of Spain star Fernando Torres, leads sessions at the Swansea Museum this Saturday.

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