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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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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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Untamed energies from the 17th century: Life and Times of the Tat Man in Walsall

A set of mysterious carved heads are about to have their tales told in Walsall. We find out about history on the floorboards from playwright David Calcutt.

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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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Freedom on my Doorstep: Wiltshire Museum brings white horse history to Devizes

Taking a trail of several hundred miles across the eight Wiltshire White Horses as a focal point, an installation at Wiltshire Museum is a celebration of local heritage.

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The Culture24 guide to ten top British mazes

There are many places where you can get lost in a maze in the UK - here are ten of the best mazes in UK heritage sites and gardens for you to explore this summer.

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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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Swan Upping brings 900 years of royal tradition to the River and Rowing Museum

Clad in the Queen's uniform, a group of rowers will monitor swans as part of an ancient tradition on the Thames this month. An exhibition devoted to them explains more.

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Review: Sou Fujimoto's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Designed by the Japanese-born rising star of design, this year's extraordinary Serpentine Pavilion is somewhere between a nest and a cave, says Ruth Hazard.

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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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Design Museum launches pop-up garden in The Tank over the River Thames

Containing designs by leading contemporary artists, a new pop-up garden will provide a haven for visitors at the Design Museum as part of an Anglo-Swiss partnership.

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Full range of Sir Tatton Sykes' architectural "works of art" to open to public in Yorkshire

A set of churches along the Wolds of East and West Yorkshire, created by a baronet father-and-son more than a century ago, will open to the public for a weekend in May.

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Enlightenment! Derbyshire Setting the Eighteenth Century Pace at Strutt's North Mill

Representing a collaborative effort between curators in Belper, Buxton and Derby, a new exhibition features some inspiring examples from Derbyshire's creative history.

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Collective Observations: Folklore and Photography – from Benjamin Stone to Flickr at the Towner

Ever been to Lewes Bonfire Night, Shetland Up Helly Aa or South Queensferry's Burry Man? See snapshots from folkloric history at the Towner in Eastbourne.

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