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Excavations in Stratford-upon-Avon reveal Shakespeare the country-town gentleman's kitchen

Beer brewing, pickling and salting took place in William Shakespeare’s kitchen, say archaeologists creating the most accurate version yet of the huge Stratford-upon-Avon house he bought more than 400 years ago.


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Pot of the Week: The Bell Ringer's Jug of St Giles Church, Newcastle-under-Lyme

There's a strong sense of social history in our Pot of the Week - a bell ringer's jug, which in 1825 helped local bell ringers drink 150 litres of beer at the Mayor’s expense.


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A gold medieval ring, a silver finger band and Roman soldiers' pay: The new archaeological treasures of Wales

See the hoard of roman silver coins, gold medieval ring and 12th century silver finger band which have been declared with the guidance of National Museum Wales.

History & Heritage

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Why didn't Samuel Pepys destroy his incriminating diary? Writer knew his words would end up in print, says expert

Dr Kate Loveman, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester's School of English, says Samuel Pepys suspected his famous diary would be printed - and took steps to protect his reputation.

Science & Nature

200-year-old token found on Dorset beach probably belonged to famous fossil-finder Mary Anning, say researchers

Mary Anning, the famous 19th century fossil collector who was revered across the world, probably owned a childhood token from more than 200 years ago found on a Lyme Regis beach by researchers.

Painting & Drawing

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Curators find faint ancient writing on back of "recycled" medieval Judas painting covered in dirt and faeces

A rare surviving church painting from the medieval period, conserved by the Fitzwilliam Museum after arriving covered in dirt, varnish and faeces, could have listed the ten commandments on its reverse.

Military History

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Mary Rose Museum to re-open in 2016 with "best ever", "unrestricted" views of ship

The best ever view of the Mary Rose hull since her raising in 1982 is promised when the Mary Rose Museum re-opens in late summer 2016.

Places to Go

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Step into Christmas 2015 with our guide to UK Christmas events in museums and galleries

Find museum Christmas events for kids and adults with activities, workshops and concerts across the UK throught December.


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