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City's historic sites to get cash boost

More than £1million will be invested in maintaining some of Portsmouth's historic sites.

Portsmouth City Council will be spending the money on maintenance and upkeep of the sites. The Square Tower will receive £250,000 and £200,000 will be used to upgrade electrics at Southsea Castle.

The Round Tower and Cumberland House Natural History Museum are also set to benefit.

The funding is part of the council's capital budget, which invests in a range of infrastructure schemes throughout the city like buildings and facilities.

I'm delighted we are able to make this commitment to some of the city's most impressive historic sites. Everyone in the city enjoys these fantastic buildings and places but people don't often realise the work that goes into making sure they look their best and are safe to use. This work will ensure we can all continue to enjoy these sites for years to come."

– Cllr Linda Symes, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure & Sport, Portsmouth City Council
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New discovery: The oldest settlement in Britain revealed

Archaeologists have made a dramatic discovery in Wiltshire, which has led to the town of Amesbury now officially being declared the oldest settlement in Britain.

It was previously thought that Thatcham in Berkshire held the honour. But carbon dating of objects dug up 40 miles west of Thatcham - in Amesbury, now reveal that humans have lived there - for more than ten millennia.

The revelation has also thrown new light on why Stonehenge was built close to the Wiltshire town. Martin Dowse reports.

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Bournemouth's past on exhibition

Bournemouth's Cooper Dean with the exhibition at Bournemouth library Credit: Bournemouth council

An exhibition surrounding the history of Bournemouth is on display at Bournemouth library.

The display, called 'Our Town' tells the story of the development of Bournemouth over the years dating back to the 1600s when the town was owned by the Cooper Dean estate.

A selection of reproductions from the Cooper Dean archive will be showcased alongside work by pupils at St Peter's School who created their own proposals for future developments in the town centre.

The exhibition will take place from July 31 until August 11.

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Group to buy Titanic relics

An unnamed group have agreed to buy a collection of Titanic artefacts. The exhibition items, set to be sold for $189 million (£120m), range from delicate porcelain dishes and silver cutlery to a 17-ton section of the hull, pulled from the Atlantic seabed where the Titanic sank 100 years ago.

Premier's shares jumped 18 percent on after it said in a regulatory filing it had signed a non-binding letter of intent to sell the artefacts to an unnamed group of individuals. A federal court ruled last year that a sale must ensure that the entire Titanic collection is kept together.

"[The buyers] are obviously a group of significant means because they have to have the resources to display and care for the artifacts and they have to be suitable for court approvals."

– Bill Vlahos, portfolio manager at hedge fund Odyssey Value Partners, which holds a stake in Premier
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