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Spock-like spectre haunts Norfolk railway steam engine ahead of Hallowe'en

A ghostly apparition resembling Star Trek's Mr Spock has been discovered in the port hole of a locomotive of the Wells Walsingham Light Railway.

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Dirty doodles and copulating couples: Cambridge University's use and abuse of books 1450-1550

A sordid pencil sketch of an amorous couple, found at the bottom of the page of a gentleman's guide from more than 500 years ago, is revealed in a new exhibition.

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Duxford Aviation Society restores Concorde's famous droop nose mechanism

Duxford Aviation Society’s newly-restored Concorde has learned how to lower its famous drooping nose once again in IWM Duxford's Airspace Hall.

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11-year-old Sir Ranulph Fiennes fan completes epic 25-mile kayak journey in aid of Polar Museum

A schoolboy has completed an onerous 25-mile mission in his kayak, helping the Polar Museum to buy a set of photo negatives from Captain Scott's final journey along the way.

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Imperial War Museum asks public to help chart history of WWII American airmen in England

The lives of American personnel who served on British airbases during World War Two are being brought to life in a new crowdsourcing web project launched by IWM Duxford.

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Was King Harold buried at Waltham Abbey years after the Battle of Hastings? New scan could reveal all

Stonemason Peter Burke decided to investigate the grounds of Waltham Abbey during research for a history trilogy. TV teams are now following his quest for King Harold.

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Curator's Choice: The Happisburgh Hand Axe - the oldest hand axe in North West Europe

Colly Mudie, Head of Norwich Museums Learning Team, explains the significance and allure of the pre-Neanderthal Happisburgh hand axe.

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Archaeologists reveal Roman Norfolk with in-demand garden digs in Caistor St Edmund

Homeowners in a village near Norwich have invited archaeologists into their gardens in pursuit of Roman artefacts. Andrew Ray, of the digging team, reveals more.

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Wardown Park Museum Makers smash Guinness World Record for Straw Boater Wearing

Wardown Park Museum in Luton is now the proud holder of the Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of People Wearing Boater Hats. Read on to find out why.

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Lancaster bombers head to IWM Duxford for reunion with Flying Fortress

The Canadian and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster bombers will be at The Duxford Air Show with a B-17 Flying Fortress on Sunday September 14.

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Oh help, oh no it's a... Hoobee, the Imaginary Animal Competition winner at NHM Tring

The fantastic winning creature designed by a nine-year-old for the Natural History Museum in Tring's Imaginary Animal Competition is about to be let loose.

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Luton Wardown Park Museum attempts Guinness World Record for wearing straw boaters

Not content with introducing Pharrell Williams to the joys of a straw boater, Wardown Park Museum is celebrating Luton's hat making tradition by attempting a Guinness World Record for mass straw......

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Archaeologists reveal Mary Rose-style shipwreck finds from The London on Southend Pier

Archaeologists have been involving the public in the excavation of The London - a ship made for the Anglo-Dutch war of the mid-17th century, lying in two parts off Southend Pier.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014: Katie Marsden on medieval finds and a World War I medal

More than 12,000 records have been created since the Portable Antiquities Scheme began in Essex in 2003. The county’s Finds Liaison Officer tells Culture24 about two.

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Festival of Archaeology: Julian Watters on pickaxes, brooches, dogs and Roman cups

The Finds Liaison Officer for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire picks four of his favourite discoveries, including a 1st century vessel and a figurine in the form of a seated dog.

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