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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St George's Day fun: Where to slay dragons and meet medieval knights this weekend

Puppet dragons, circus skills, archery and falcons all feature as take a look at some of the galleries and heritage sites enjoying St George's Day. Ancient castles often star.

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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 veteran bodybuilders play their part in a show of powerful physicality.

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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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Dinosaur toe bone found in Doncaster to return home to Scarborough after 50 years

A metatarsal of a sauropod, spotted as a missing specimen in the collection at Doncaster Museum, is to return to the Rotunda collection for the first time since 1964.

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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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Sculptor portrays "awesome" Margaret Thatcher in bust on anniversary of death

Sculptor Lisa Hawker says her bronze of Margaret Thatcher, which will go on display in the former Prime Minister's home town of Grantham, conveys her "humanity and spirit".

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Handwritten tales of 18th century English convicts who fled across Australia revealed

The amazing stories of James Martin and his eight fellow prisoners, whose daring escape from New South Wales crossed uncharted territories, has been revealed to the public.

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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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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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UK Supreme Court "can't wait" to let public see inside for Museums at Night

The highest court in the land will lay on jazz, law-themed cocktails and more as part of a special Twilight Hours opening for Museums at Night 2014 this May.

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An 18-carat exhibition: Scottish Gold shines in gleaming Hunterian Art Gallery show

From gold mining to the first coinage and the Darien Disaster, the Hunterian examines the role of gold in Scotland’s history and culture - and invites a spot of panning.

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Public given chance to follow ceremonial route of Richard III in repeat of sold-out storytelling

John Oxley, the council archaeologist who will follow in the footsteps of Richard III on trails around York, says the King's "personal affection" for the city shines through.

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Royal Albert Memorial Museum explores sexuality through the Wellcome Collection

From phalluses to ivory oriental clams, the Sex and History project in Exeter will hope to get people talking about sexual attitudes when it opens a new display next month.

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International Women's Day 2014: Ten of the best places in Britain to be inspired

There's a distinct emphasis on the role women played in the Great War for this year's International Women's Day programme. Poetry, comedy, science and song also feature.

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Block of butter buried in bog bank backdated to 1,000 years ago by dating experts

Radiocarbon technicians were asked to pose for photographs before investigating a block of butter found by a local man in a Northern Irish bog more than 30 years ago.

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