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A photo of a vase from northumberland with blue and gold decorations

Public appeal launched to keep 18th century china and huge vase in museum collection

Some of the most striking china ever produced in Britain could be lost from public collections if a fundraising bid fails, organisers at the Coalport China Museum are warning.

A photo of a Bronze Age vessel discovered in a ditch in the Worcestershire town of Evesham

Object of the Week: A Bronze Age man's pot found in a deep burial pit in Worcestershire

Archaeologists believe this unexpected discovery was buried with a prominent man from a Bronze Age community as long as 4,500 years ago.

A photo of a group of people at Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire during the 19th century

Thousands of people return to Victorian lake which Rudyard Kipling's parents named him after

A daring performer recreated the poise of ancient tightrope star Carlos Trower during an event which returned Rudyard Lake to its 19th century heyday in Staffordshire this weekend.

A photo of a woman holding a flower in a ghostly position in a william shakespeare exhibition

Shakespeare 400: Art and theatre meet in spectacular Compton Verney and Royal Shakespeare Company exhibition

See some of the beautiful images and discover the Shakespeare in Art: Tempests, Tyrants and Tragedy at Compton Verney.

A photo of the grave of William Shakespeare at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon

"His skull isn't there at all": Archaeologists say spine-shivering radar results show Shakespeare's head was taken from grave

The first ever archaeological work carried out on Shakespeare's grave, at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, shows "very convincing" evidence of a missing skull, say experts.

A photo of a medieval painting of John the Baptist found at Shakespeare's Schoolroom

"It was miraculous": The moment when conservators found John the Baptist in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Leading Art Conservator Mark Perry was stunned to find the figure of John the Baptist in a medieval wall painting at Shakespeare's Schoolroom, which will open to the public on Shakespeare's birthday.

An old photo of an industrial tractor from an exhibition at coventry transport museum

What's your favourite tractor? From the South Pole to Bollywood, Coventry celebrates mud and glory

In Coventry, 2016 is the year of the tractor, which curators say they will immortalise as “mud and glory” heroes, including a procession of 70 vehicles in July.

The raiders return to Mercia: From shoes to a child's skate, exhibits show lives of the Vikings in Shropshre

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery’s new exhibition reveals day-to-day life and the complex concepts surrounding afterlife beliefs in a county which suffered multiple Viking raids.

A photo of an ancient black pot used for transporting industrial materials

An Industrial Revolution genius: This Abraham Darby pot is the western world's oldest coke iron casting

An ancient cooking pot in the collection of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust looks like being the oldest known coke iron casting in the western world, explains Dr Richard Williams.

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