January 27 2015 Latest news:

Osborne House self catering cottages. Eileen Long Photogrsphy/English Heritage

Part of Queen Victoria’s Isle of Wight retreat opened as holiday accommodation

English Heritage opens up an exclusive area of Osborne House on the Isle of Wight as a holiday cottage.

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Veil Nebula Detail ® J.P Metsavainio

2015 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition launched

The Royal Observatory Greenwich, in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, launches the 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition – its annual global search for the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos, whether they are striking pictures of vast galaxies millions of light years away, or dramatic images of the night sky much closer to home.

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The new bridge being installed at Harlech Castle. © 2014 Eye Imagery

Harlech Castle’s original historic entrance accessible for first time in over 600 years

A £6m project sees a new bridge installed at Harlech Castle allowing visitors to enter the site through the original historic entrance for the first time in over 600 years.

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Cardigan Castle

Cardigan Castle set to open to public following £12m restoration

Cardigan Castle will be opening its door to the public this April having previously been unoccupied since 1996.

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Dulwich Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery challenges visitors to spot a fake

From 10 February, visitors to Dulwich Picture Gallery will be set the challenge to identify a Chinese replica among the 270 Old Master paintings on display.

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Winston Churchill coin. Royal Mint

Sir Winston Churchill limited edition £20 coin released

The Royal Mint is commemorating 50 years since the death of Sir Winston Churchill with a new limited edition £20 coin.

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Sword pommel. ©Manx National Heritage/John Caley

Isle of Man’s striking Viking artefacts go on loan for major exhibition in Cornwall

Manx National Heritage is loaning some of the Isle of Man’s Viking artefacts for a major exhibition, called Viking Voyagers, at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

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Cai Guo-Qiang, 'Unmanned Nature' 2008. Collecton of the artist. Photographer Seji Toyonaga, courtesy Hiroshima City Museum

Manchester’s Whitworth art gallery set to reopen after £15m redevelopment

The Whitworth art gallery, part of The University of Manchester, will reopen its doors on 14 February following a £15 million transformation.

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The Futuristic station at Southgate was constructed in 1933. English Heritage

The English Railway Station: Architectural gems revealed in English Heritage book

While trains may not always run on time, the architectural delights of many of Britain’s historic railway stations have long provided a point of interest during the daily commute, as demonstrated in ‘The English Railway Station’, a new book by Steven Parissien, published by English Heritage, which charts over 200 years of architectural and social advancement. Click on the gallery link below to view a selection of images from the book.

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Anglo Saxon coin hoard discovered. Image by Guy Massey

Incredible hoard of Anglo Saxon coins discovered in Buckinghamshire

One of the largest hoards of ancient coins to be uncovered in Britain has been discovered in Buckinghamshire.

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Moat Brae

Dumfries house that inspired author of ‘Peter Pan’ set to become centre for children’s literature

The Peter Pan Trust has received significant funding towards its goal of converting the Dumfries house that inspired JM Barrie to write ‘Peter Pan’ into a centre for children’s literature and storytelling.

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Cadillac Seville owned by Elvis

Cadillac owned by Elvis now on display in the UK

The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has added Elvis’s 1977 Cadillac Seville to its collection.

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Wildcat.
 ©Peter Cairns/Northshots

Scottish wildcat conservation project receives boost of almost £1m

Conservation groups set to tackle the decline of Scottish wildcats across six key areas with the help of new funding.

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London Lodge, Highclere Castle. © Adam Hillier Photography

Downton Abbey fans can now stay in the grounds of Highclere Castle

An 18th-century lodge on the grounds of Highclere Castle has been renovated to be used as holiday accommodation.

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1950s houses to be replicated at Beamish museum

Beamish museum plans to create 1950s town and your house could be a part of it

Nominate your 1950s semi-detached house and see it replicated at Beamish’s new 1950s town.

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London's Garden Bridge

London Garden Bridge plans approved

Plans for a 6000sq m pedestrian footbridge in London featuring a new public garden free and open to all, has won the backing of the Mayor of London’s office.

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Racton Man. Image by Peter Langdown

Bronze Age skeleton reveals historic secrets

Specialists from England, Wales and Scotland have spent months scientifically analysing a Bronze Age skeleton found with one of the earliest bronze weapons discovered in the UK.

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HMS M.33 pre-restoration

Volunteers wanted to work at new First World War ship attraction opening in 2015

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will see HMS M.33 join its ranks in August 2015 as the only First World War ship to open to the public in time for her centenary.

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Promotional feautre - Travelling needn’t be a headache over the Christmas season. When you fly with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines you can rest assured of an attentive service, with a team on hand to make your journey as smooth and restful as possible.

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Sword pommel. © York Museums Trust

Viking treasure hoard on display in Yorkshire following conservation work

The Bedale Hoard reveals intricate Viking metalwork after months of conservation work sheds new light on Yorkshire’s Viking history.

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Lusitania at Liverpool. National Museums Liverpool

New Liverpool gallery dedicated to the centenary of the sinking of Lusitania

The Merseyside Maritime Museum will be opening a new gallery on 27 March 2015 to tell the story of the sinking of Lusitania during the First World War.

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Skomer Island. © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales, all rights reserved

Skomer announced as Wales’ first Marine Conservation Zone

Skomer Island off the Pembrokeshire coast has been designated as a Marine Conservation Zone, making it the first such zone in Wales.

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Riverside at Nine Elms. ©Ballymore - Embassy Gardens

London design competition launched for new Thames bridge

Designs for a new bridge across the River Thames in London are expected to come flooding in as a competition has been launched internationally today (8 December 2014).

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On display at Ordsall Hall, Salford from 7 December. Photo: Nick Harrison

Britain’s oldest bed returns to Ordsall Hall

A bed, believed to be the oldest in Britain, dating to the 1570s, and lost for centuries, recently turned up at auction by Bonhams of London following a mysterious journey over 400 years.

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Goldfinch. 
©Lorne Gill

Scotland’s terrestrial birds decline in number

The latest figures released show a decline in the numbers of Scotland’s terrestrial breeding birds found in recent years.

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Discover Britain gets silver at British Travel Awards

Discover Britain gets silver at 2014 British Travel Awards

Discover Britain has been awarded silver in the Best Consumer Holiday Magazine category at this year’s British Travel Awards.

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Concorde. Image by Martin Chainey

Concorde to get permanent home at new Aerospace Centre

The story of Bristol’s aerospace industry will be the focus of a brand new centre at Filton airfield, one of the birthplaces of British aviation industry.

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Bronze Age artefacts. Image by Robin Maggs © Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Bronze Age artefacts declared as treasure

Bronze Age sword blade fragments, a scabbard fitting and a multi-edged knife are among the artefacts that have been declared treasure by H.M. Coroner for Pembrokeshire.

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