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Get a sneak preview of new galleries The Corps Today and Early Engineers, which are about to tell tales from the frontline and beyond at Chatham's Royal Engineers Museum.
The Haslemere Educational Museum is borrowing the Horniman Museum's Mysterious Merman, which will be on display at the Surrey collection until September 30 2011.
Collections at Royal Academy, Staffordshire Archives and English Folk Dance & Song Society become Designated
"Compelling" archives run by the Royal Academy of Arts, the English Folk Dance and Song Society and Staffordshire Authorities are honoured by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.
The distinctive 'bendy' artist gets the his first solo exhibition in Newcastle city centre
The correction-littered first draft of Austen’s unfinished The Watsons will become one of the earliest surviving novels on display in Britain as it heads to Oxford.
The Senior Curator in Prehistory at the Early London History and Collections department introduces us to a 5,500-year-old Neolithic woman found in Shepperton.
Contrasts abound in a show which pairs exhuberant abstract work by the late 20th century painter with the classical compositions of a 17th century master.
Set in its own ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, Compton Verney is the ideal location for the first ever exhibition about landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
Rock and roll comes to Birmingham in a show celebrating the musical heritage of the Midlands.
A dramatic and poignant new show brings life on the frontline into sharp focus at the Royal Artillery Museum.
Stars including Brian Epstein, Sid James, Peter Sellers and Simon Amstell star in a high-profile celebration of showbiz at the Jewish Museum.
The John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier collaborator reveals a Westwood cut with ripped hems as the star exhibit in Bath.
Archaeologists are excavating the remains of Gawthorpe Hall, the predecessor of Yorkshire’s Harewood House.
As the hoard of Iron Age coins goes on sneak preview to the public, we find out about Ipswich Museum's plans to save it.
An imposing Jacob Epstein alabaster carving of a primitive idol ends a 50-year journey by returning to the Yorkshire site.