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Cara Spencer on her dad, the Beatles, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana and Victoria Beckham

Curated by his daughter and named after the war hero and photographer's favourite phrase, Living Dangerously is about to showcase Terence Spencer's remarkable career.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014: An Iron Age comb, medieval matrix and Bronze Age vessel

Angie Bolton, the Finds Liaison Officer for Worcestershire, picks a beautifully-decorated comb, a magic seal and an "unglamorous" sherd as three of her favourite discoveries.

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Artist Hilary Jack is drawn to dream in gardens of Warwickshire Tudor mansion Packwood

Taking a bygone visitor's remark about “a house to dream of, a garden to dream in" as inspiration, artist Hilary Jack will create three remarkable works in the house gardens.

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Photography from the Middle East surprises at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Timely show, True to Life?, brings together some 14 contemporary artists who challenge preconceptions about the turbulent Middle East region.

Alex Hartley inspires county for Museums at Night with Great Warwickshire Show and Tell

Dozens of stallholders united as part of Market Hall Museum's uplifting masterplan in Warwick - dancing binmen, rock-revering geologists and hedgehog lovers among them.

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Birmingham's Supersonic Festival returns with KLF founder Bill Drummond and more

Returning to the Custard Factory, where the festival began with the likes of LCD Soundsystem in 2003, Birmingham's Supersonic has a typically eclectic line-up of art and music.

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The fun of the fayre: Alex Hartley talks twinning Nowhereisland for Museums at Night

Market Hall Museum in landlocked Warwick is the next stop for Nowhereisland as artist Alex Hartley stages an eccentric Museums at Night county fair.

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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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