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Warring Neanderthal and cannibal factions to battle in cinema drama at brutalist Preston Bus Station

Having been commissioned after the Harris Museum and Art Gallery won this year's Contemporary Art Society Annual Award, Nathaniel Mellors will focus on an infamous bus station.

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Who would you pick as a Radical Hero? People's History Museum names list of 100

Manchester's People's History Museum has picked suffragettes, rights activists, politicians and sportsmen on a list of 100 heroes who changed Britain.

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Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt inspire Salford's artists with football

In a unique partnership with the Manchester United legends known as the Class of '92, art and design students in Salford have provided works for a new hotel by Old Trafford.

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Robert Heinecken: Selfies and Lessons in Posing Subjects at Liverpool's Open Eye Gallery

A three-part reappraisal of the late US artist's work features appropriations of fashion magazines and pornography, made between 1977 and 1982. Kirstie Brewer peruses the poses.

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Archaeologists find fertility genius, godheads and oil lamps in Roman Cumbria

Archaeologists say their discoveries on flooded land at Papcastle, in Cumbria, happen "once in a lifetime".

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Bootle woman's spirit symbol of death in Ancient Egypt revealed for first time in 40 years

Hidden from public view since the closure of a museum 40 years ago, the ba-bird - a coffin symbol from the 19th century - has gone on show as part of a major Egyptology gallery.

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Container full of brains brings science art to Blackpool Illuminations

Artist Jo Berry has developed a new artwork, Brain Container, featuring a series of rotating brains in cast acrylic rotating discs for the Blackpool Illuminations.

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Operation to save UK's last surviving World War II Landing Craft ends in success

An "unbelievably exciting" two-day salvage operation by divers and historians in Birkenhead has raised the LCT 7074, which played a pivotal role in the D-Day campaign.

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Major exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery draws on five senses to bring home conflict

The Sensory War 1914-2014 brings together artists from the Great War with later works about Vietnam, Congo, Afghanistan and the Gulf.

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In Pictures: Here's one we made Earlier: The Story of BBC Children's Broadcasting

Sooty and Sweep proved the most popular characters as The Lowry's nostalgic look back at BBC Children's television history attracted 60,000 people this summer.

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Prized 108-ton steam loco launches triple fundraising appeal at East Lancashire Railway

East Lancashire Railway volunteers have undertaken a sponsored pull of their flagship LMS “Crab” 2-6-0 No.13065 loco, to launch a major campaign to raise £250,000 for three key projects.

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A Needle Walks into a Haystack: Liverpool offers sharp and precise 2014 Biennial

Merseyside's sixth major festival of visual art offers just enough to fill a busy weekend, with artists past and present equally represented. Mark Sheerin explores.

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Indian dance performance to take Mancunians on journey of Ascension to the heavens

See pictures from the Asian dance company who are visiting Manchester with a show based on Dante's ascension from the 14th century Divine Comedy poem.

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LS Lowry work saved from tomato ketchup stains to go on first public display in Salford

The Thames at Greenwich will go on show to the public for the first time after conservators removed stains said by the lenders to include tomato ketchup.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark announce second ship-themed gig at Museum of Liverpool

The revered electro-pop group will become the first band to play at the waterfront museum, paying homage to the Dazzle Ship exhibit which inspired their fourth album.

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