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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.

Commemorative art exhibition Monument translates well to both sides of Channel

100 years from the outbreak of World War I and 70 since the Normandy Landings, four galleries in Norwich, Calais and Caen join forces to mark the occasion.

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"Spectacular" gold Anglo-Saxon ring found by detectorist to go on show in Essex

A 1,400-year-old gold ring will go on show to the public in a special archaeology display after being bought by the Saffron Walden Museum.

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Hidden Victorian nursery revealed for families to enjoy at 17th century Audley End House

The magnificent Essex mansion will reopen to the public in April following works which have included the unveiling of a previously unseen nursery. Take a peep inside.

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Earliest evidence of Roman irrigation found by archaeologists near lost medieval village

A ridgeway found during an excavation as part of the £1 billion North West Cambridge development could have revealed Roman grapevines or asparagus beds, say archaeologists.

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Bubbly Maths wizards attempt largest Balloon Pyramid to raise funds for African learners

An enthusiastic team of Mathematicians and balloon artists are planning to take the mathematical world by storm next week, creating the world's largest balloon pyramid.

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Public invited to dig deep for Dirty Weekends as Time Team star leads crowdfunded project

Returning this summer in what could be the only crowdfunded archaeology in the world, a two-week project at the 14th century Leiston Abbey hopes to help the public dig in.

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17th century bunion sufferer's shoe, dolls and knives found under mansion floorboards

Cabling works have led to hundreds of finds at Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, including a shoe believed to have been buried in a bid to ward off evil spirits.

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Picture Gallery: Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery announces The Wonder of Birds

From predators to shamanism and Hans Holbein to canaries, a six-section show in Norwich will feature hundreds of representations of birds through the centuries.

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Shield-wearing skeleton, necklace and grave goods found in early Saxon inhumations

An adult male, found lying upon a decorative shield with a knife and spear, and a woman wearing a beaded necklace are among the finds in a Cambridgeshire village.

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"The athletes are god-like beings": Rio, British Olympics and the science of cycling

Tony Purnell, the Head of Technical Development for the Great Britain Cycling Team, on trying to give athletes an edge ahead of his Cambridge Science Festival appearance.

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Art and Life: Ben and Winifred Nicholson and their circle of the 1920s arrive at Kettle's Yard

An absorbing exhibition at Kettle's Yard explores the work of Ben and Winifred Nicholson and their work with Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and William Staite Murray.

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From cocoon to beautiful butterfly: Zoology Museum plans Wonders of Animal Kingdom

Launched on Charles Darwin's 205th birthday, a £3 million fundraising campaign aims to turn the Cambridge Museum of Zoology into a palace of the animal kingdom in 2016.

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Sex, maths, monogamy and a laugh from the labs at the Cambridge Science Festival

New Art Club, Robin Ince, Rosie Wilby and stand-up researchers provide the laughs as the Cambridge Science Festival fits plenty of comedy into its packed programme.

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