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Archaeologists head back to Roman Maryport site to investigate building uncovered in 2013

Volunteers and archaeologist are returning to the Roman Maryport archaeological site, on the western extremity of Hardrian's Wall in Cumbria, to investigate a large house unearthed last year.

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Museums at Night Curator's Choice: Grayson Perry's taste tribe tapestries in Liverpool

Aligning biblical scenes with Cath Kidston bags, Grayson Perry's tapestries will open at the Walker Art Gallery for LightNight this May. Curator Pauline Rushton tells us more.

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Deirdre Barlow's prize glasses under watch as Coronation Street tours open to public

Ena Sharples' hair net, Hilda Ogden's curlers and Vera Duckworth's hooped earrings are among the exhibits as Coronation Street prepares to open for public tours.

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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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4,000-year-old mummy to go back on display after evading crystal death

The tomb of Pa-ikh-mennu - who once worked at the temple of Amun in Thebe in modern Luxor - will go back on show in Warrington after being saved from a mysterious white growth.

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JG Ballard-inspired Science Fiction: New Death seeks Middle East resolutions and more

See artworks from the major contemporary science fiction exhibition opening at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool later this month.

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The great Mondrian bake-off: Tate and Turner Contemporary celebrate artist with cakes

Dutch artist Piet Mondrian would have been 142 today. Ahead of their exhibitions devoted to his influential career, bakers in Liverpool and Margate have been hard at work.

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Archaeologists channel spirit of Rastamouse as robber returns iPad to police in Liverpool

An iPad stolen from an archaeology van has been returned to a Merseyside police station following a Big Heritage appeal seen by more than 250,000 people.

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Archaeologists ask robber to return items and receive two-week history rehabilitation

Big Heritage say they will help a robber who stole items including a replica bog body and an iPad to escape their "crap circumstances" if they come forward.

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Joana Vasconcelos' Time Machine transforms Manchester Art Gallery

Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos has brought her trademark sculptural interventions to Manchester Art Gallery with some dramatic results.

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Spitfire Fighter plane takes to the roads in manoeuvre from Manchester to London

Having stood in the Museum of Science and Industry's Air and Space Hall for 19 years, technicians have dismantled a 1940s plane and sent it to the RAF Museum.

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Mounted seals, shrewd stoats and a taxidermy tableau: The Cabinet of Curiosities

Many visitors claim the grey Woolston seal, found swimming the Mersey in 1908, was shot by their grandfather. Criminality and a new Polly Morgan work also feature in Warrington.

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Dodos, Lewis Carroll and Polly Morgan: Inside Warrington's Cabinet of Curiosities

A spectacular new gallery at the 19th century Warrington Museum features more than 80 colourful birds, a seal and a giant anteater. Manager Janice Hayes tells us more.

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Go inside the Large Hadron Collider as Science Museum announces tour

The exhibition which has attracted thousands of people to the Science Museum will tour to the Museum of Science and Industry ahead of an international tour.

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Manchester Jewish Museum marks Holocaust Memorial Day with exhibition and performances

Artist Gary Spicer and Manchester schoolchildren mark Holocaust Memorial Day at Manchester Jewish Museum with an exhibition and performances remembering the Kindertransport.

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