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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.

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Hoards: The Hidden History of Ancient Britain revealed in amazing archaeology at the British Museum

The centerpiece of the British Museum's new exhibition on archaeological finds, opening next month, will be the enormous Frome hoard pot. Other amazing discoveries are all part of the show.

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DNA results on Roman Londoners show culturally diverse population from North Africa and beyond

Detailed DNA analysis of four Roman Londoners, released by the Museum of London, have created the first multidisciplinary study of the inhabitants of a city anywhere in the Roman Empire.

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Alice in Wonderland at the British Library: From Disney to counter-culture, an exhibition steeped in history

On the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's beloved novel, the British Library celebrates the author and the many interpretations of the story through the years in an exhibition of timelessness, says ......

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Secrets of the Temple: Tantric Buddhism at the Wellcome Collection

Tibet's Secret Temple uncovers the mysteries of Tantric Buddhism and the rich history of yogic and meditation practices. Here are some stories from the new show at London's Wellcome Collection.

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Natural History Museum to open new Human Evolution Gallery

The intertwined history of the human species will be explored and explained in a new human evolution gallery opening on December 18 at the Natural History Museum in London.

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Two Temple Place Winter Exhibition to explore Beauty and the Body in Ancient Egypt

The Gothic interior of Two Temple Place in London will be hosting an exhibition of regional museum treasures exploring appearance and identity in the life and death of Ancient Egyptians.

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The Drawing Year: The Royal Drawing School postgraduate exhibition

A selection of drawings from the Royal Drawing School’s postgraduate programme, The Drawing Year 2014–15.

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Imperial War Museum to put objects from British military campaigns against ebola and ISIS on public display

Imperial War Museum London will host the first exhibition to look at the experiences of British forces responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and the fight against ISIS in the Middle East.

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A Brief History of Underwear: V&A announces revealing Undressed exhibition in 2016

From long cotton drawers worn by Queen Victoria's mother to the packaging for a pair of David Beckham H&M briefs from 2012, the V&A has announced a major exhibition all about underwear.

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Object of the Week: A fumigating torch used to drive off the plague from the 17th century

This week we bring you a fumigating torch, used in the belief that their scented smoke would drive off the plague and create a "cleansed" space for the carrier to occupy.

Exquisite 19th century sun prints illuminate the Horniman's Natural History Gallery

Artist Edward Chell, whose work features in the new exhibition at the Horniman museum, on early Cabinets of Curiosities, 19th century herbariums and present-day extinctions.

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Pot of the Week: Mrs Thrale's Meissen China teapot from Dr Johnson's House

A Meissen China teapot once owned by Mrs Hester Thrale - a good friend of Dr Johnson - is our Pot of the Week.

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Hidden portrait of Henry VIII's only son, Edward VI, emerges in painting of boy king who died at 15

A previously unknown portrait of Henry VIII’s only son, Edward VI, has been discovered in the art collection of London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

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"Evil spirits" Guy Fawkes took to Tower of London were warded off with witchmarks

A set of 59 apotropaic witchmarks, carved and burnt into timber roof frames at the Tower of London's Queen's House, were made to ward off spirits brought in by prisoners, say archaeologists.

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