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British Museum Viking exhibition opens

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The British Museum's Viking Exhibition is now officially open to the public. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The British Museum's Viking Exhibition officially opens to the public today.

It's the first time for more than 30 years the museum has held such an event.

The centre-piece will be the remains of a 37m long Viking warship.

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Key public institutions 'should move from London'

Patrick Diamond says the Government seems more interested in "shoring up the old economic model" which brought about the last recession:

Key public institutions ought to be dispersed outside London. For example, the House of Lords ought to have a regional base; cultural institutions such as the Royal Opera House and the British Museum ought to be re-located in Northern cities.

– Patrick Diamond

British Museum & Royal Opera House 'should go North'

A former adviser to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown has suggested that the British Museum and Royal Opera House should be moved out of London to a northern city.

The Great Court inside The British Museum Credit: Press Association

Patrick Diamond, who helped write Labour's 2010 manifesto, says politicians need to form a new 'national economic strategy', with a big shift of power to the regions. He says that would that would put communities, councils and other civic leaders in charge of a localised economy.

St Paul's sees visitor numbers double as more people holiday at home

Visitor numbers are up nearly 50 per cent at St Paul's Cathedral compared to last year as financially squeezed families choose to holiday at home. Figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions said that nationally numbers at leading attractions were up 22 per cent.

More than 300,000 people have visited the V&A museum to see the _David Bowie is ..... _exhibition which ends this weekend and The British Museum in London has also seen big business.

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Ice age artists go on display at British Museum

The exhibition shows how human beings developed art. Credit: ITN

The British Museum has brought together examples of Ice Age art from across Europe for a new exhibition. Some of the exhibits are 40,000 years old and help researchers to understand how humans developed creative ways of thinking.

This carving of a woman is sculpted from mammoth ivory. Pablo Picasso studied this carving. Credit: ITN
This 'lion man' is an early example of a sculptor being creative, making up a new creature that did not exist in nature. Credit: ITN
This flute is over 36,000 years old and is made from a wing bone of a Griffon Vulture. Credit: ITN

Pompeii artifacts to come to the British Museum

Archaeologists were able to make stone casts of the bodies at Pompeii. Credit: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Dozens of objects recovered from the ruins of the Roman cities Pompeii and Herculaneum will go on show outside Italy for the first time at a new exhibition at the British Museum.

The two cities were wiped out by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. However, gas and ash from the volcano helped preserve the objects or allowed archaeologists to create stone casts of the bodies. The exhibition runs from March 28 to September 29 next year.

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