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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National Portrait Gallery researchers reveal 'airbrushed' Elizabeth I in X-ray of portrait

The NPG's new Tudor portraits exhibition reveals how X-rays of a portrait of Elizabeth I show how the Queen's portrait was overpainted and prettified in the eighteenth century.

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Artist's Statement: Jessica Collett on feminism, fluff and Tudor Queens

The young playwright Jessica Collett discusses the "immeasurable" Tudor impact as she prepares to open her play, Mother, Crone, Maiden, at Liverpool's Bluecoat gallery.

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UK Prefab Museum battles for survival with Kickstarter campaign

A living museum in a prefab in Catford is using a kickstarter campaign so it can stay open and celebrate post-war life through art, archives and the sharing of memories.

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National Archives piece together the records of 140,000 First World War officers

Nearly 140,000 surviving paper records of Officers who served in the First World War, including Rudyard Kipling's son Jack and future Prime Minister Clement Atlee, have been made available at the......

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Wardown Park Museum Makers smash Guinness World Record for Straw Boater Wearing

Wardown Park Museum in Luton is now the proud holder of the Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of People Wearing Boater Hats. Read on to find out why.

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Florence Nightingale's letters published online in transatlantic web project

The handwritten letters of Florence Nightingale have been digitised in a new project between British collections and the Boston University Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

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Richard III skeleton reveals his prodigious alcohol consumption and rich diet

New forensic research on the skeleton of Richard III has revealed his enormous intake of alcohol and rich food.

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University of Leicester to explore the potential use of drones in archaeology

A new project at the University of Leicester is about to explore the uses of Ground Penetrating Radar and unmanned aerial vehicles - drones - in archaeology.

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Curator's Choice: Hannah Agass looks through the diary of World War I nurse Veronica Nisbet

Hannah Agass, of the Museum of the Order of St John, on the moving testimonial of a St John Ambulance nurse who volunteered to save soldiers' lives during the First World War.

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Luton Wardown Park Museum attempts Guinness World Record for wearing straw boaters

Not content with introducing Pharrell Williams to the joys of a straw boater, Wardown Park Museum is celebrating Luton's hat making tradition by attempting a Guinness World Record for mass straw......

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Competition: Win a copy of High Minds - The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain

The paperback version of Simon Heffer's critically-acclaimed book is released next week, and Culture24 has a copy to give away to one lucky reader. Be in it to win it here.

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Trent to Trenches exhibition tells people's story of the First World War in Nottinghamshire

Trent to Trenches, the county-wide programme for the centenary of the First World War in Nottinghamshire, opens its major exhibition at Nottingham Castle.

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Poignant archive of local men who fought in the First World War digitised by Manx Museum

Kept by the local vicar, the First World War archive of men from the local parish of Douglas has been digitised and published online by Manx Museum.

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Curator's Choice: A feathered brisé fan carried by ladies of the 1920s

Emma Davison, from Tyne and Wear Museums, delves into the costume stores to find a fan first made popular during the early 19th century.

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Experts see Richard III's battle injuries as infirmary remains help create new skeleton

Experts from Loughborough University say Richard III's "significant injuries" from the Battle of Bosworth were "quite clear to see" during a project based on the king's remains.

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