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Plan your day out in the North West! Find hundreds of places to visit - museums, art galleries, historic attractions, castles and stately homes in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, the Isle of Man, Lancashire and Merseyside.

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Manchester is about to be turned into a massive urban garden for Dig the City festival

See pictures as Manchester's urban gardening festival, Dig the City, is launched in suitably colourful style under specially-commissioned floral umbrellas.

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Chinese Art from the 1970s to Now "makes you believe in the human spirit" at the Whitworth

Challenging the myopia of Chinese art being viewed as limited to ornate ink paintings and calligraphy, the M+ Sigg Collection contains humour, poise and beauty, says Kirstie Brewer.

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Picture of 1800s bleaching family and workers helps tell story of hall where Bolton martyr was persecuted

See a picture of Colonel Ainsworth, one of the 19th century owners of Smithills Hall, in Greater Manchester, with his family and workers.

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Cheshire bling from the Roman era: Liverpool museums prepare to reveal two archaeology hoards

Liz Stewart, the Curator of Archaeology for the Museum of Liverpool, tells us about the excitement of showing the Knutsford and Malpas hoards to the public.

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Scientists to carry out DNA tests on skeletons of medieval Paget's Disease sufferers

The skeletons of six medieval Paget's Disease sufferers from Norton Priory will be analysed thanks to a grant from the Wellcome Trust.

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Object of the Week: The 90-year-old Gardner 4T5 at the Anson Engine Museum in Cheshire

For our latest Object of the Week, we bring you one of the most revered engines at the much-loved museum in Poynton.

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The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year: Why The Whitworth is the best of 2015

At a ceremony last night at Tate Modern, The Whitworth in Manchester was awarded the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015. In pictures and words, here's why it won.

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Hadrian's Wall frozen in time: New archive catalogues how English Heritage keeps historical site stuck in the past

An exhibition at two Roman forts on Hardian's Wall examines the huge effort that goes into keeping the national landmark looking like it always used to.

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Curator's Choice: A strapless dress, a shark off the Cumbria coast and a beer barrel

Jill Goodfellow, of Tullie House in Carlisle, picks eight exhibits from their What's in Store exhibition - including a Roman shield boss, a strange-looking bottle, herbarium sheets and a fishing net.

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