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Cambridge museum celebrates its bicentenary

The museum is holding exhibitions to celebrate the anniversary. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is celebrating its 200th birthday.

Founded in 1816, it is now home to more than half a million artefacts and works of art.

To mark the occasion the museum will hold exhibitions of its two major collections - the ancient Egyptian coffins and medieval illuminated manuscripts.

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Cambridge prisoner of war's Christmas letters

One of John Crook's letters. Credit: St John's College, University of Cambridge.

Christmas letters written by a Cambridge academic while he was a prisoner of war have been published for the first time.

John Crook wrote the notes at the age of 22 after being captured in Italy during the Allied landings in 1943.

They are described as "unyieldingly positive" despite the notoriously tough conditions at the Stalag Luft VIII-B camp.

In one letter, he optimistically predicted he and his fellow prisoners would "do all right" over the festive season thanks to a supply of Red Cross parcels, and plenty of fuel and entertainment.

His correspondence is now available to view online through the St John's College archives.

King's Lynn: Runner takes on 401 marathons in as many days

Runners turned out in force near King's Lynn in West Norfolk today to show their support for a marathon man.

Ben Smith is running 401 marathons in as many days. Today was number 111.

He's doing it to raise money for anti-bullying charities.

"I went away to school when I was 10-years-old and unfortunately I was mentally and physically bullied because of my sexuality.

That affected me all the way through until I was about 30-years-old."

– Ben Smith

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

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