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Object of the Week: Stanley Spencer's painting pram

Acquaint yourself with Stanley Spencer's pram, which the artist used to help him paint 'en plein air' around the village of Cookham.

A photo of a section of brown and silver pipe used from Lepe during the Second World War

Getting ready for action: Veteran recalls D-Day as piece from huge ocean pipe is revealed in Hampshire

A piece of the Pipe Line Under the Ocean, a 770-mile connection which supplied the army with 172 million gallons of fuel during World War Two, will be shown to the public in Lepe.

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Archaeologists are about to discover where Henry I was buried at Reading's huge medieval abbey

The spot where Henry I was buried is almost certain to be revealed as archaeologists begin to scan his former powerhouse at Reading Abbey this week.

A photo of underwater archaeologists searching at Bouldnor Cliff off the Isle of Wight

Archaeologists dive to save the disappearing story of how people first occupied Britain

Garry Momber and his team of underwater archaeologists are returning to the Solent this week in search of precious, eroding remains demonstrating the craftsmanship of Britain's earliest people.

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Bletchley veterans take front seat as Colossus codebreaker springs back to life

For the first time ever, all the equipment used in making and breaking Hitler's most secret cipher has been demonstrated to an audience, including Bletchley veterans, at The National Museum of......

a film still with Vivien Leigh wearing an ornate headdress and make up in the role of Cleopatra

The V&A's revealing Vivien Leigh tribute heads to Oliver Messel's home of Nymans

A Cleopatra headdress, designed by Oliver Messel, is among the star items in a new exhibition putting the spotlight on film and theatre actress Vivien Leigh at Nymans in West Sussex.

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Huge 18th century warships go on display for first time in centuries in new £9 million galleries at dockyard

Hidden naval treasures, including two mighty warships, lie in wait for visitors when the stirring Command of the Oceans galleries open at Historic Dockyard Chatham.

a close up of a handwritten in ink scrolled letter with the signature John Locke

The poet, the polymath and the fallen archbishop: Precious 17th century writings acquired by Bodleian Libraries

National literary treasures are now back in the UK after the Bodleian Libraries secured several rare works by 17th century greats Donne, Locke and Aubrey, from the collection of the late American......

A photo of a colourful interior of a house inside a gallery created by Felicity Hammond for House 2016 in Brighton

Show Room: Artist Felicity Hammond prods London's property bubble with Language of Living commission

Working somewhere between photography, sculpture, property promotional materials and contemporary art, Felicity Hammond has made a candy-coloured room for Brighton's HOUSE Festival.

A photo of a large historic house, Clandon Park, after it has been gutted by a major fire

"Daunting is an understatement": The battle by archaeologists to save a burnt-out mansion

Catherine Edwards was one of four archaeologists faced with the task of a salvage operation at Clandon Park, in Surrey, after a huge electrical fire. She describes the mission to save artefacts from......

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Restoration uncovers secrets of Cliveden's underground chamber

Renovations of a vaulted chamber beneath the National Trust property Cliveden in Berkshire have offered clues to its original purpose and the public are invited to take a look.

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