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Tiny Yorkshire fishing museum appeals for memories of centuries-old marine industry

Nearly 50 years after saving the Filey Museum's 17th century home, the town's Historical Society are calling on the public to provide their memories for a new book.

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Handwritten tales of 18th century English convicts who fled across Australia revealed

The amazing stories of James Martin and his eight fellow prisoners, whose daring escape from New South Wales crossed uncharted territories, has been revealed to the public.

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Ten of the best places in Britain to see weird and wonderful books

Whether you want to read about Richard III's theatre visits, the immigrants who changed British culture or Cornish folklore, here are ten places which keep the pages of history turning.

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Future King advised to avoid war in 18th century letter revealed at Buckingham Palace

The Prince of Wales's 18th century letter, advising the future King George III in a checklist shortly before the writer's premature death, is about to go on public show.

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Picture Gallery: See Neil Gaiman as Badger and Malorie Blackman as The Wicked Witch

Some of the world's leading authors help to portray key characters from stories for children in a colourful April exhibition, 26 Characters, at Oxford's Story Museum.

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Wives and Sweethearts: Love Letters sent During Wartime revealed by Army Museum

Described as an alternative to the "saccharine sentiments" of Valentine's Day, letters and photos at the National Army Museum reveal enduring, thriving wartime love stories.

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Family of Charles Dickens unveil first UK statue of author at Portsmouth Guildhall

Sculptor Martin Jennings says his sculpture of Charles Dickens, made in his hometown of Portsmouth, expresses the "energy and richness of imagination" of the author.

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Jane Austen note on family and prayer to be scrutinised in Mansfield Park celebration

A fragment of handwriting from the pen of Jane Austen, written in 1814 and later pasted into a First Edition of The Memoirs of Jane Austen, is being examined by conservators.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, with JK Rowling scribblings, visits Edinburgh

Author JK Rowling writes that Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone "changed my life forever" in a first edition of the book which is going on brief display in Edinburgh.

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Curator's Choice: The Moving Word: French Medieval Manuscripts at Cambridge University

Professor Bill Burgwinkle on the legends of Arthur, Lancelot and the Round Table, strangulation and a period of language sometimes written out of literary history.

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Polar Museum to show letters of Captain Scott expedition ally Apsley Cherry-Garrard

The century-old letters of an assistant zoologist who could have saved the British Antarctic Expedition party are to go on show for the first time at the Polar Museum.

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David Heneker theatre and music collection entices people into archives at Kingston University

Kingston University is displaying its David Heneker theatre archive as part of a campaign to encourage people to visit their local archives.

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Chepstow marks the forgotten 12-hour soiree of Dylan Thomas's funeral cortege

One of the many bizaare incidents in the death of Dylan Thomas is to be celebrated at Chepstow Drill Hall as Chepstow Museum searches for a bar with an unusual yet natural connection to the poet.

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600-year-old Richard III manuscript turns the page at Yorkshire Museum

The House Book of medieval York will be left open on pages revealing the truth behind Richard III's visits to York and the thoughts of leaders after his death.

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Poetry Zoo launches as a new digital platform for sharing poetry

Poetry Zoo, a new digital platform for poets, has launched with the intention of empowering stifled writers and giving them the opportunity to be seen and read.

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