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£2.5 million of lottery money given to tank museum

Bovington's Tank Museum in Dorset has been handed a windfall two point five million pounds.

The money from the Heritage Lottery Fund will go towards a new tank restoration centre, two new exhibitions and more support for volunteers.

Tank Museum Director Richard Smith said; "This is a pivotal moment in the history of The Tank Museum.

The support of the Heritage Lottery Fund will ensure that we can continue to thrive, so we are naturally delighted and extremely grateful."

Great Expectations at Charles Dickens' last home

The public will now be able to see inside Charles Dickens' last home at Gad's Hill Credit: Derek Johnson

Charles Dickens' house at Gad's Hill in Kent opens to the public for the first time this afternoon.

Previously the ground floor of of the property has only been accessible to the pupils of the independent school which occupies the building.

Sixty people a day will be allowed to tour the house at Higham where Dickens lived for thirteen years.

They'll be able to see key rooms, including the study where he wrote Great Expectations.

It's an exciting opportunity for Dickens enthusiasts Credit: Derek Johnson

He died here in 1870 while working on his final novel.

The tours are being organised by the Charles Dickens Museum in London and will continue until the middle if August.

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Museum closed after live bomb discovery

A live Bofors shell sticking out of the gravel Credit: Royal Submarine Museum

A museum was temporarily closed this morning after a live bomb was 'delivered' to it. Gravel was dredged up from the seabed to fill a cofferdam around HMS Alliance at the Royal Submarine Museum in Gosport. But when it was delivered staff noticed a live Bofors shell sticking out of the gravel.

A Royal Navy bomb squad was dispatched to take the shell away for a controlled explosion. Some visitors were turned away until the museum was re-opened at 10:30am today. Bofors shells were commonly used by surface ships during the Second World War.

The Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Team Credit: Royal Submarine Museum

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