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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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World Museum Liverpool's Green Pigeon is unique and related to Dodo, say scientists

Scientists in Australia have extracted and purified tiny DNA fragments to draw groundbreaking conclusions about the 230-year-old Green Pigeon held in Liverpool.

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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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Liverpool Pals memorial to be unveiled at Liverpool Lime Street for First World War Centenary

The sacrifice of the Pals Battalions of Liverpool is to be marked with a new memorial at Liverpool Lime Street station designed by local sculptor Tom Murphy.

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Historic Victorian railway arches saved in deal between English Heritage and Network Rail

A set of Grade II listed railway arches have been saved from demolition in a unique partnership between English Heritage and Network Rail.

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Poignant archive of local men who fought in the First World War digitised by Manx Museum

Kept by the local vicar, the First World War archive of men from the local parish of Douglas has been digitised and published online by Manx Museum.

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Altars dedicated to Roman god Jupiter, classical temples intrigue Maryport archaeologists

The most north-westerly classical temple ever discovered in the Roman world and a series of altars dedicated to the god of Jupiter have been revealed on the frontiers of the Roman Empire World......

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In Pictures: Jellyfish take over derelict buildings and snakes come alive in Liverpool

Duo Walter Hugo and Zoniel fill a Toxteth building with tanks of jellyfish, while the World Museum prepares to host boa constrictors and royal pythons later this year.

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