Industrial Heritage

Explore the vast industrial heritage of the UK with reviews, news, event listings, website links and much more from hundreds of museums, collections and heritage sites.

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Curator's Choice: Rotten eggs and hard labour at the last town gasworks in England

Ovens, tar and the smell of rotten eggs are all part of the ancient ovens at the Museum of Gas in Norfolk, which will enjoy a special opening for Museums at Night.

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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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Classic motor history pictures to be revealed as Transport Museum begins overhaul

More than 200,000 photos from an archive once owned by an industrial powerhouse are to be catalogued in Coventry, where the Transport Museum's redevelopment has begun.

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Specs show stars Michael Caine and Audrey Hepburn at the National Glass Centre

Charting the rise of fashionable spectacles during the 20th century, an exhibition on the history of Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses takes a closer look at some big names.

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Mining history as Miners' Hymns announces Durham performances and Barbican premiere

An 18-piece brass ensemble and American filmmaker Bill Morrison's take on the mining past of Durham return to live settings for three shows in March 2014.

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Model of Planet locomotive of Liverpool and Manchester Railway arrives at 21

Started by volunteers in 1986, a model of the Planet locomotive which was the first to whizz along the railway is being celebrated at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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Culture 24/7: Top History and Heritage exhibitions to see in the UK for November 2013

Ice Age tribes in Derbyshire, the return of a £2.3 million helmet in Cumbria and cabinets of curiosities in Lancashire and Devon - here are this month's history highlights.

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Jeremy Deller plunders industrial heritage for musical Manchester Art Gallery show

Jeremy Deller's magpie mind delves into the archives to retrieve a haul of industrial art and heritage for All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, his own fusion of music, industry and politics.

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Is this the world's smallest book? Old title-holder resurfaces at National Library Scotland

A book which is less than a millimetre in height features as part of an Edinburgh show revealing the surprising popularity of miniature titles during centuries past.

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The Culture24/7: Top history exhibitions for September 2013 in our heritage round-up

Heritage Open Days, the opening of the Ashmolean's new museum in a Cotswold village and the opening season at the Library of Birmingham catch the eye this month.

Liberty Bodice advert from the 1950s.

I Love my Liberty Bodice! At Chepstow Museum

Chepstow Museum celebrates an undergarment loved and loathed by children since the beginning of the twentieth century - the Liberty Bodice. Was it well-named?

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Culture24's guide to the best open air museums for summer 2013

Go down a hobbit hole, stroll across the Severn, visit 100 acres of Welsh parkland or imagine life in an early 19th century Irish farmhouse - the best open air museums to visit this summer.

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Beamish Museum receives fruit and vegetables bottled by greengrocer 103 years ago

Containers of carrots, peas, asparagus and cherries, bottled to award-winning effect in Darlington in 1910, have been given to Durham's Beamish Museum.

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From ancient woodlands to industrial mills - HLF supports five projects with £18 million

The Heritage Lottery Fund has chosen five projects which "celebrate the breadth of the UK's heritage" in a potential round of funding worth £18 million.

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