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RAF Museum to open First World in the Air permanent exhibition in December 2014

The RAF Museum has announced it will open its new permanent exhibition exploring the first air war in December 2014, with a £900,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Crapper to Modern Toss: Toilets by Twilight charts cistern history for Museums at Night

Pink toilet rolls, the Thomas Crapper seat, Carry on at your Convenience and "books about poo" all feature in a hot flush of a Museums at Night event in the Potteries.

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Classic motor history pictures to be revealed as Transport Museum begins overhaul

More than 200,000 photos from an archive once owned by an industrial powerhouse are to be catalogued in Coventry, where the Transport Museum's redevelopment has begun.

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Curator's Choice: Hadrian's stonework, the Wroxeter Roman Mirror and a polar bear

Emma-Kate Lanyon, the Head of Collections and Curatorial Services, on the star exhibits and the long campaign to finish the new £10 million Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Smith, Stoker, Sutherland: Three to see at Grand Union for New Art West Midlands

A showcase of graduate talent in the Birmingham area has thrown up exciting displays by three bursary recipients at an artist led space in Digbeth.

Arty grads invade four Birmingham area galleries for New Art West Midlands

Five local universities supply talented and assured artists to new regional initiative to promote visual arts in and around the 'city of 1,000 trades'. Mark Sheerin visits.

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Getting realism: Ben Johnson talks about a controversial painting show in Birmingham

On the occasion of a landmark show at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, photorealist painter Johnson discusses his oft-dismissed genre with Mark Sheerin.

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Public offered questionnaire amid plans to close Walsall Museum in council budget cuts

The public are being given the chance to have their say on the future of Walsall Museum, which could close this year under council plans to save £70,000.

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Compton Verney to open Moore Rodin exhibition on 10th anniversary

A model for Rodin's The Gates of Hell, a display of antiquities devised by Henry Moore's daughter and a series of spectacular sculptures draw parallels between two towering artists in the 10th year......

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The best art exhibitions to see in galleries in the Midlands during 2014

From Warwick to Wolverhampton and Walsall to Birmingham, we look ahead to Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Jeremy Deller and more in 2014 at galleries across the Midlands.

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Tim Johnson brings together punk energy with aboriginal spirituality at Ikon

Birmingham gallery charts remarkable journey from Sydney punk scene to Pupunya settlement by esoteric Australian artist.

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Untamed energies from the 17th century: Life and Times of the Tat Man in Walsall

A set of mysterious carved heads are about to have their tales told in Walsall. We find out about history on the floorboards from playwright David Calcutt.

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Culture24/7: seven top art exhibitions around the UK for December 2013

Lots happening in Liverpool and London this month as we present you with seven more opportunities to see art in the face of Christmas shopping.

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Compton Verney secures HLF funding to restore Capability Brown's parkland

Compton Verney has won a first round pass for their plans to restore and reinvigorate their celebrated park, designed by English landscape gardener Capability Brown.

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Birmingham's Ikon Gallery to celebrate 50 years with major exhibition programme

Fifty years after starting out in the city's Bullring, organisers at Ikon have invited some of their former gallery-fillers back as part of their 2014 exhibition programme.

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