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Object of the Week: A mystery terracotta head found on a tomb in an Ipswich churchyard

Ipswich Borough Council admits it is "puzzled" by a head found by a local shopkeeper, with the authority's Senior Conservation Officer speculating that it could date from a century ago.

Art

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Ten countries, ten ceramicists: The International Ceramics Festival 2015

As Aberystwyth's International Ceramics Festival prepares to open its doors on a weekend of lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions, firings and stalls, we look at the work and ideas of ten very different international ceramicists taking part.

Archaeology

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Archaeologists find human footprint left by naughty teenager 2,000 years ago at Roman fort

A tile with a "clear imprint" of a foot is the first time a human print has been discovered at the 2,000-year-old Roman fort of Vindoland.

History & Heritage

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Work begins on restoration of Orkney's Kitchener Memorial

Work to restore the Kitchener Memorial, marking the death of the Secretary of War on HMS Hampshire in 1916, begins as fundraising for a memorial with names of 736 crew lost with him continues.

Science & Nature

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Culture Minister slaps export ban on John Logie Baird TV treasure trove

A treasure trove of materials relating to John Logie Baird’s first-ever transmission of trans-Atlantic television pictures is at risk of being exported unless a UK buyer can be found to match the £78,750 asking price.

Painting & Drawing

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Richard Dadd: Art, psychosis and the Victorian asylum at Watts Gallery

The career of Victorian artist Richard Dadd was overshadowed by psychotic illness, murder and incarceration. A new exhibition of his works at Watts Gallery in Surrey explores a rare and visionary talent.

Military History

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HMS Victory to be re-painted in original Battle of Trafalgar colours

The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth is re-painting HMS Victory, the most celebrated ship in naval history, to make it historically accurate for the time of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Curator's Choice

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Curator's Choice: A strapless dress, a shark off the Cumbria coast and a beer barrel

Jill Goodfellow, of Tullie House in Carlisle, picks eight exhibits from their What's in Store exhibition - including a Roman shield boss, a strange-looking bottle, herbarium sheets and a fishing net.

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