April 18 2015 Latest news:

Queen's House, Greenwich

Queen’s House in Greenwich to undergo refurbishment in time for 400th anniversary

Queen’s House in Greenwich will be closing to the public on 27 July 2015 in order to undergo refurbishment and is due to reopen on 4 July 2016 in time for the 400th anniversary since the building was designed and commissioned.

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Discover Britain May 2015 issue

The Chelsea Magazine Company acquires Discover Britain from Archant

Leading specialist publisher The Chelsea Magazine Company has acquired Discover Britain from Archant Community Media for an undisclosed sum. In addition to Discover Britain two further coffee-table consumer titles, The English Garden and The English Home will also transfer to Chelsea Magazines ownership.

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Museum of Brands, London

London’s Museum of Brands set to move

The Museum of Brands will be moving to new, larger premises at the London Lighthouse building in Notting Hill to accommodate the museum’s growth and increasing visitor numbers.

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Alexandra Palace. Getty Images/Miles Willis

Alexandra Palace awarded £18.8m of funding to restore historic spaces

The Victorian theatre and BBC Studios at Alexandra Palace are just two of the areas that will be brought back to life with the help of new funding.

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Falkirk Wheel Water Play Area. Image by Peter Sandground

New water park opens at Scotland’s Falkirk Wheel

New £430,000 water park sees visitors to the Falkirk Wheel piloting boats and walking on water.

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York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery to be transformed by £8 million development

York Art Gallery’s transformation will see it have 60 per cent more exhibition space, with a suite of three galleries able to house major touring exhibitions for the first time.

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Charles Dicken's desk and chair

Charles Dickens’ desk saved for the nation

The desk on which ‘Great Expectations’, ‘Our Mutual Friend’ and ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ were written to go on display at author’s former London home.

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14th century lead-alloy devotional panel. © MOLA/ Andy Chopping

Rare medieval artefact goes on display at Museum of London

A rare medieval devotional panel, discovered by archaeologists from MOLA, is now on display at the Museum of London until 28 September 2015.

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Bettys afternoon tea

Bettys tearooms launches new Lady Betty Afternoon Tea

Fans of Bettys historic tearooms in Yorkshire will be able to enjoy a new reservation-only afternoon tea menu from May 2015.

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Bank staff on steps of Upton House. © National Trust

Warwickshire’s Upton House transformed to reveal wartime history

From 27 March, the National Trust’s Upton House in Warwickshire will be turning back the clock to 1939 when the house became home to the family-owned merchant bank M. Samuel and Co., while the family moved out to the Dorchester Hotel in London to take part in the war efforts.

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Deceiving the enemy as to the state of the  tide, William Heath Robinson

William Heath Robinson cartoon collection saved for the nation

A collection of humorous cartoons by William Heath Robinson has been saved for the nation and is due to go on public display in Greater London from April 2016.

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Private Apartments Blenheim Palace. Image by Mark Hemsworth

Blenheim Palace opens private apartments for 2015

Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is offering visitors the chance to visit the property’s private apartments to get a glimpse into Marlborough family life until September this year.

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RNLI water slide

Giant water slide comes to Brighton

Brighton residents are being given a unique chance to enjoy a 100m water slide to help raise money for the RNLI.

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Renishaw Hall and Gardens, Derbyshire

Renishaw Hall and Gardens wins Historic Houses Association Garden of the Year Award 2015

Set in Derbyshire, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, Renishaw Hall and Gardens has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Garden of the Year Award, awarded by the Historic Houses Association.

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Archaeologists begin main excavation.

Archaeologists excavate around 3,000 skeletons from Bedlam burial ground in City of London

After the development of Crossrail, London’s rail-based transport network, unearthed the 16th-century Bedlam burial ground in London’s Liverpool Street, excavations have now begun in order to relocate the thousands of skeletons found at the site.

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Birch wood comb from Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, dating from the 1400s. © Crown Copyright reproduced courtesy of Historic Scotland.

Historic Scotland launches online gallery of the nation’s historic artefacts

Some of Scotland’s most precious, interesting and unusual historical objects - and the stories behind them - can now be accessed at the click of a button.

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Bolt Cutters, 1973, etching and aquatint, by Jim Dine.

Artist gifts over 200 prints to The British Museum in London

A collection of single sheets, portfolios and illustrated books are among over 200 prints gifted by American artist Jim Dine to The British Museum’s Prints and Drawings collection.

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Bronze Age gold ring

Bronze Age artefacts found in Anglesey declared as treasure

A Late Bronze Age hoard of four gold and copper artefacts, which are thought to be dated to around 1000-800 BC, or 3,000-2,800 years ago, have now been declared treasure by H.M. Coroner for North West Wales.

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15th-century book once held in the Westminster Library of Henry VIII. Image by Steven Haywood

Book that helped Henry VIII to annul his marriage discovered at Cornish country house

A book that helped King Henry VIII to build his case against the Pope, and annul his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, has been discovered at the National Trust’s Lanhydrock in Cornwall and is now on display to the public.

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Kroll Combination Unit carrying out high pressure water jetting at Landgate Arch in Rye. © 2013 Graeme Sanderson

25 tonnes of pigeon poo discovered inside historic East Sussex tower

A staggering 25 tonnes of pigeon poo, measuring almost 3ft-deep, has been removed from the 14th-century towers of Landgate Arch in Rye.

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Hadrian's Wall. English Heritage/Robert Smith

Roman remains along Hadrian’s Wall threatened by unlawful excavations

A series of unauthorised archaeological excavations along Hadrian’s Wall has raised concerns about the impact such activity is having on the ancient structure.

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Le Mans start Brooklands Double Twelve  9th May 1930

Home of the first British Grand Prix restores historic circuit as part of £7m project

Brooklands Museum set to restore world’s first purpose-built motor-racing circuit as part of its latest developments, the largest endeavour the Museum has ever embarked on.

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The Stone Age 'Blodwen' Skeleton will be on permanent display at Llandudno Museum

Stone Age skeleton to go on permanent display in Llandudno, North Wales

The Skeleton of a Stone Age woman discovered in Llandudno in North Wales over 100 years ago is to go on permanent display in Llandudno Museum for the first time since its discovery.

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Lady Members 1955. The Atkinson

Southport museum opens new permanent exhibition dedicated to local area

A range of fascinating items go on display at The Atkinson in Southport as it opens a new permanent exhibition exploring 10,000 years of history along the Sefton coast.

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Compton Verney. ® 2013 John Cleary Photography

Warwickshire art gallery receives £2.5m towards restoring its historic landscape

Award-winning national art museum Compton Verney project aims to preserve, restore and celebrate an outstanding ‘Capability’ Brown park, which includes a rare, Brown-designed and Grade I-listed Chapel.

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Daniel Adamson 1981. © John Slavin

Last-surviving UK steam tug-tender to be restored and opened to public

The Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded over £3m to restore the SS Daniel Adamson in order to open the vessel to the public.

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