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Bath Fashion Museum enlists public to explore women's fashions during World War One

Residents in Somerset are being asked to help stage The Great War in Costume: Family and Fashion on the Home Front by sharing their keepsakes and mementos.

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Sugar pink duct tape Christopher Kane creation is Dress of the Year at Bath Fashion Museum

The latest Fashion Museum Dress of the Year has been unveiled: a sugar pink silk organza dress from leading British designer Christopher Kane's Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

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The Power of the Sea at the RWA casts a line from Turner to Lanyon and beyond

The sea is the theme for a major exhibition of maritime masterpieces that begins with Turner and Constable and ends with Kurt Jackson and Maggie Hambling.

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Hauser & Wirth Somerset to open with Phyllida Barlow sculpture show in July 2014

Set across a series of ancient farmhouses in the Somerset town of Bruton, Hauser & Wirth's major new gallery will open with a series of country-inspired sculptures this summer.

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Royal Albert Memorial Museum explores sexuality through the Wellcome Collection

From phalluses to ivory oriental clams, the Sex and History project in Exeter will hope to get people talking about sexual attitudes when it opens a new display next month.

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Giant hive of hundreds of books is honeypot for visitors on Bristol Libraries' birthday

Robotic artists Rusty Squid's installation, created for Bristol Libraries' 400th birthday, has had its stay extended after attracting thousands of visitors to the city's Central Library.

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Executed Vikings were inexperienced raiders who oozed smelly pus, say archaeologists

Having lent some of their skeletons to the British Museum's new exhibition, archaeologists have released more details on the Vikings found in a mass grave in Weymouth in 2009.

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Salisbury Museum to bid for Bronze Age hoard coveted by British Museum

A set of 41 "startlingly beautiful" pieces of Bronze Age jewellery, known as the Wylye Hoard, are being assessed by the Treasure Valuation Committee.

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Playable City calls for context in Bristol as 2014 competition opens

Having made postboxes talk in Bristol last year, the £30,000 award returns with an open call for digital designers to create an interactive playground for the public.

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Picture Gallery: Stunning Georgian costumes at Bath Fashion Museum

Fans of Austen and the Georgian period should make their way to the Fashion Museum in Bath where a series stunning original costumes take centre stage.

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Met Office performances to Bring the Happy to Exeter in memory mapping project

Following tea and giant maps in a disused city shop, Invisible Flock's memory-nurturing tour will culminate in three live gigs by a six-piece band at Exeter's Met Office.

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The best art exhibitions to see in the South West during 2014

What are the top art shows in the South West in 2014? Take a look at this Culture24 guide to get the inside track on an impressive 2014 in the region.

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Stories from Stonehenge 2013: A year of stories, theories and archaeology

We take a look back at some of this year's stories from Stonehenge, including new discoveries, exciting museum plans in the region and the opening of the new visitor centre.

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New visitor centre for Stonehenge finally opens to the public

After decades of planning, a new exhibition and visitor centre for Stonehenge opens to the public, giving context for visitors to the monument on the actual site for the first time.

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Stonehenge star exhibits: A silicon-enhanced Neolithic man, toolkits and cow jawbones

Meet the reconstructed young man who roamed Britain 500 years before the first Stonehenge monuments were built, as well as more highlights from the new visitor centre.

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