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A photo of an archaeological mud trench cutting through grassland

Extravagant mansion built to please wife of 18th century politician discovered at Bletchley

Experts at Bletchley Park, the World War II codebreaking centre in Buckinghamshire, will examine bricks believed to come from a demolished mansion and two wartime huts.

Artist's Statement: Yinka Shonibare MBE on bringing 18,000 books to Brighton Museum

British-Nigerian artist Shonibare tells us about a stunning and thought-provoking new commission, called The British Library, for Brighton Festival and the HOUSE Festival

a colourful painting of two men seated next to a camp fire

I Cheer A Dead Man's Sweetheart: A show about the life of painting at De La Warr Pavilion

The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill is currently showing the work of 21 living painters in a bold show of contrasts that champions technique, skill and the love of painting.

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Clare Woods' giant lithographs find fitting temporary home at Kent's Mascalls Gallery

Clare Woods' Monument at Mascalls Gallery recalls British modernism while filling the walls with what may be the largest ever lithographic prints.

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Bronze Age skeleton of dagger-clutching Racton Man could have been a King or priest

Amy Roberts, Collections Officer at the Novium in Chichester, introduces the Bronze Age Racton Man whose imminent analysis could hold national importance.

a watercolour painting, which has been ripped up and pasted together again, of an old barn in a landscape of rolling hills

From Beachy Head to Muggery Pope: John Skoog sees the dark side of Eric Ravilious

Swedish film maker John Skoog's curation of the Towner Art Collection, Near Dark, has brought the sparseness of Scandinavian film to bear on the work of Eric Ravilious.

A photo of people inside a mockup navy ship lit by red lights

Inside the new HMS Alliance and galleries at the National Museum of the Royal Navy

The only surviving British World War II-era submarine has reopened following a £7 million renovation, alongside the new £4.5 million Hear My Story galleries. Take a look.

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Alexander McKee, the man who found the Mary Rose, remembered in Portsmouth bust

The man whose determination found the Mary Rose has been honoured with a sculpture at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where the HMS Warrior has also had good news.

A photo taken in the desert of a large group of naked people draped in see-through fabric with arms outstretched

Volunteers share all: Spencer Tunick talks about his daring project for Museums at Night

American photographer Tunick heads to Folkestone to create intimate portraits, which he hopes subjects willl be brave enough to share. Mark Sheerin hears more.

Folkestone shapes up as crowded canvas with 19 artists selected for 2014 Triennial

Curator Lewis Biggs unveils the international artists who will populate the Kent resort with artworks come August through to November

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Beachy Head Lady was young sub-Saharan Roman with good teeth, say archaeologists

A facial reconstruction as part of a project and exhibition in Eastbourne has revealed a young woman from sub-Saharan Africa. Archaeologist Jo Seaman tells us more.

A photo of people in red and black Victorian uniforms firing huge cannons on a hill

64-pounder 19th century gun fired by uniformed artillery at Fort Nelson

One of two smooth-bore guns at the former fort in Hampshire, issued to form part of the Victorian armament, have been fired from the hills in a public ceremony.

Bodies of 19th century convicts found by emergency archaeology team near Portsmouth

Working on Rat Island, a team of soldiers and archaeologists have discovered four bodies on a Ministry of Defence patch near HMS Victory and Portsmouth Harbour.

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Artist's Statement: Harry Adams on making fires, Doomsday, Michael Caine and X Factor

Having collaborated with Billy Childish on their "confrontational" Art Hate project, Steven Lowe and Adam Wood are about to return with a dystopian display in Brighton.

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Bletchley Park huts to tell tales of whooping codebreakers who became World War II heroes

See pictures inside the huts as planners at Bletchley Park prepare to open them to the public following an £8 million, Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration.

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