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22-piece orchestra to play concert in hard hats in former air raid shelter below Newcastle

The Underground Orchestra will invite their audience into the former coal waggonway and air raid shelter for a performance inspired by the north-east.

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Emperor Penguins to necklaces: Middlesbrough takes pride in MIMA's new Jewellery Gallery

Curator Alix Collingwood says organisers at the Institute of Modern Art are "thrilled" with the first permanent gallery at the venue since it opened its doors in 2007.

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Vindolanda's Roman toilet seat inspires manufacturer to make new Thunderbox loo seat

An impressed toilet manufacturer will produce a special edition luxury seat and has pledged a cash sum towards the care of a wooden 'throne' found along Hadrian's Wall.

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Archaeologists find statuette head of northern goddess at Arbeia Roman fort

Experts believe the broken-off head of a goddess worshipped by a tribe in Roman South Shields is likely to be an intricately-carved, paint-daubed representation of Brigantia.

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Artist Sam Belinfante curates show about listening at BALTIC Project Space

The new Hayward Touring Exhibition, featuring work by Janet Cardiff, Laure Provost and Haroon Mirza, opens at BALTIC 39 in Newcastle.

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Nick Cave film stars Kylie Minogue and Ray Winstone as Tyneside Cinema gallery opens

An award-winner for Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, 20,000 Days on Earth will form part of the opening programme for new film-art space The Gallery in Newcastle.

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Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old wooden toilet seat used by Romans at Vindolanda fort

The only surviving wooden Roman toilet seat in Britain has been found in perfectly-preserved condition at the former fort of Vindolanda, near Hadrian's Wall.

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Museum of Archaeology opens Living on the Hills: 10,000 Years of Durham exhibition

Tools, cup, bowls, everyday objects, art and architecture range from prehistory to Roman and Medieval objects in Durham - many of them found during 1970s excavations.

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Game of Thrones' Dolorous Edd proves he's a chipper chap for Hadrian's Wall exhibition

He might be a taciturn figure on the HBO series Game of Thrones, but 'Dolorous Edd' actor Ben Crompton showed he was game for a laugh along Hadrian's Wall this week.

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WallQuest volunteer archaeology project makes two important finds on Hadrian's Wall

The WallQuest community excavations on Hadrian's Wall have uncovered a bath and a collapsed wall, helping to unlock the secrets of the building and the history of the Wall.

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Schoolboys find Britain's earliest gold and 4,300-year-old grave of high-status mystery maker

An "exotic" and "special" gold seeker who was among Britain's first metal workers and a Copper Age head tress linked to Stonehenge are the surprise finds at a North Pennines farm.

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Curator's Choice: A feathered brisé fan carried by ladies of the 1920s

Emma Davison, from Tyne and Wear Museums, delves into the costume stores to find a fan first made popular during the early 19th century.

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Archaeologists find baths of "sociable" Romans and early evidence of Christianity

An unusually early Christian silver ring, a bath with a bread oven and butchered animal bones are among the finds at a site near Bishops Auckland revealing 1,800 years of history.

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Happy birthday Discovery Museum: Pictures from Newcastle's home of history past

Who knew that Tyneside's most popular history venue used to have a different name and live in a former bacon warehouse? The Discovery Museum celebrates 80 years.

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Competition: Win tickets to see Dizzee Rascal, Maximo Park and more at Split Festival

The Cribs, Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys and Tom Vek are among the acts you could be seeing at Sunderland's biggest two-day music festival. We've got tickets to give away.

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