Durham Cathedral

You're never too old to party. Ask Durham

City Slicker: Durham - The city is celebrating 25 years on the Unesco World Heritage list. Sarah Barrell offers ideas for new and returning visitors

Number's up: The end of the little black book

Mobile technology has transformed journalism – and besides enabling phone hacking, it has also erased the status of that once-prized possession, the contacts book

A return to Ground Zero

A cross made of steel beams salvaged from the World Trade Center wreckage has been returned to the site, where it will form part of amemorial to those who died in the 11 September attacks in 2001.

Ancient articles of faith: Catholic antiquities

Whether you believe in the spiritual power of religious relics or not, the British Museum's exhibition of Catholic antiquities contains some wonderful art, says Adrian Hamilton

Provenance uncertain, but ancient human head draws plenty of bidders

Auctions often throw up some pretty unusual lots, none more so than the human head that went under the hammer in rural Ireland at the weekend. And this is not just any old human head: it is claimed to be that of St Vitalis of Assisi, the patron saint of genital diseases.

Leading article: An opportunity to complete the reform of a feudal relic

The fact that the House of Lords is not a major national talking point is neither here nor there

Claude Choules is dead. Long live the Great War

DJ Taylor says the conflict will live in our memories despite the loss of its last veteran

James Lawton: At his scene of old torment Rooney inspires United's serene progress

There was a little local, and at times even epic resistance from one obdurate opponent, but in the end Manchester United's latest assignment with history made a mockery of some of their labours this season.

Killed at the Whim of a Hat, By Colin Cotterill

The new number one lady detective

British Museum hopes to clean up with the 'Holy towel of Jesus'

It is Jesus's "Holy Towel", once visited by pilgrims in the belief that it showed the face of Christ, formed when he dried his wet head on a piece of cloth and left an indelible mark.

Vase owners fly to China to chase £53m buyer

The seller of a Qing vase auctioned for £53m last year has flown to China in a final attempt to persuade the bidder to pay up.

The mummy returns: Ming Dynasty woman exhumed

She died many centuries ago, but her mummified corpse and clothing have been almost perfectly preserved despite being buried for hundreds of years in a wooden tomb a few feet beneath a busy street in the city of Taizhou, eastern China.

James Lawton: It is especially sad that Lennon and McCoist could behave like that

The biggest casualty was the idea that a new generation of football men would do better

Grave robbers arrested after raid on China's terracotta tomb

Nine people have been arrested in China after grave robbers targeted the tombs of the ancestors of the country's first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, whose resting place is guarded by the famous Terracotta Army.

Relics of King Richard II are discovered in gallery vaults

Archivists at the National Portrait Gallery have discovered relics from the tomb of King Richard II hidden in one of the building's underground vaults. The extraordinary find was made by staff cataloguing the papers of the gallery's first director, George Scharf.

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