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German anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens' preserved humans to visit Newcastle

Fusing art, science and culture, the exhibition of plastinated bodies visits Life after being seen by more than 38 million visitors in cities across the world.

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King's Cross shedmaster makes pilgrimage to Yorkshire as Mallard bids farewell

Peter Townend, who controlled the speed record-breaking Mallard during a 43-year railway career, travelled from Torquay to Durham for a final glimpse of its two sister engines.

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Museums at Night 2014: Our guide to Newcastle and Gateshead's Late Shows

From pub crawls and cocktail evenings to farms, flour mills, music and knitting, the Late Shows return to the north-east across more than 50 venues. Here's what to expect.

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Life on Mars: Kelly Richardson on NASA, the apocalypse and the north-east

Painters of the Apocalyptic Sublime influence Kelly Richardson's large-scale Mariner 9. Its reception in the north-east, says the artist, has been the highlight of her career.

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Trust behind Hadrian's Wall expresses "deep regret" as lack of funding forces closure

The Hadrian's Wall Trust will seek an "orderly and solvent" closure within the next six months after struggling following the loss of development funding.

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In Pictures: Sixth edition of AV Festival explores Extraction theme

From stones and films to Russian miners and coal extraction in Newcastle, see some of the works in this year's edition of the AV festival in the north-east's best galleries.

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Ancient Roman loo legacy aims to inspire fundraising for facilities in toilet twinning plan

Organisers at the Vindolanda fort, on the edge of the former Roman Empire, have pulled out the thrones left by their former occupiers in a plan for World Water Day.

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Mallard sets off from York as projections light up Durham Castle ahead of finale

Its Dominion of Canada and Dwight D Eisenhower sister engines are off to Chesterfield this weekend, but the finale of a year-long celebration, in Shildon, awaits Mallard next week.

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Specs show stars Michael Caine and Audrey Hepburn at the National Glass Centre

Charting the rise of fashionable spectacles during the 20th century, an exhibition on the history of Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses takes a closer look at some big names.

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Win a pair of weekend tickets to Maker Faire UK - this competition is closed

Billed as an unmissable explosion of creativity, Life's Maker Faire takes place in April 2014. This competition has closed.

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Mining history as Miners' Hymns announces Durham performances and Barbican premiere

An 18-piece brass ensemble and American filmmaker Bill Morrison's take on the mining past of Durham return to live settings for three shows in March 2014.

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Bowes Museum calls on Kickstarter campaign to fund giant Gavin Turk neon

A giant installation will be added to the front of the Bowes if a £6,000 campaign succeeds, coinciding with a solo show of neons by artist Gavin Turk.

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The best art exhibitions to see in galleries in the North East during 2014

The Bowes in Durham, Middlesbrough's MIMA and The Laing Art Galley are among the galleries lining up exciting art exhibitions in the North East for 2014.

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Show off your spectacular selfies at the National Glass Centre's Goldsmiths Spectacles exhibition

Featuring the designs which inspired a generation of spectacle wearers, a new exhibition at the National Glass Centre gives the public a chance to show off their selfies.

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Hadrian's Wall Trust sells off virtual bricks to raise cash for up-keep

The Hadrian's Wall Trust has launched a new Adopt a Stone website to address a £170,000 shortfall after funding cutbacks.

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