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One of the most important relics of indigenous Viking culture will leave Scotland for the first time in its 1,100 year history to go on display at the British Museum this week.

The statue of Herakles, which has only been loaned outside of the United Kingdom since its acquisition in 1805, will be sent to the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill, East Sussex this summer for a series of exhibitions about the Olympics.

British Museum to loan out valuable treasures to sites around the country in 'Spotlight Tours' plan

The British Museum is set to loan out valuable treasures, including a Roman bronze of Herakles, to sites around the country as part of what it has dubbed the “Spotlight Tours” to bring them to as many people as possible. This is expected to pave the way to more local partnerships with major galleries and museums.

The map, held in the British Museum

Map may solve the mystery of Raleigh's 'lost colony'

The fate of Sir Walter Raleigh's famed "lost colony" in the New World – and the disappearance without trace of more than 100 English settlers – has been an unsolved mystery for 400 years.

Shakespeare's Restless World Radio 4, Monday-Friday / Shakespeare's Playlist, Radio 4, Saturday

Shakespeare – the hoodie with the headphones

Is this a dagger which I see before me? Historian to explore Shakespearean violence

Rising knife crime in London, youth gangs out of control, and helpless lawmakers attempting to curb the fighting by banning certain types of blade. It may sound familiar, but this was the London of William Shakespeare's day, and gives an insight into one of his most enduring love stories.

It's good to walk: the redesigned Exhibition Road in west London is a 'shared space' for pedestrians and cars

This town is big enough for the both of us

I am standing at the junction of two of the busiest streets in central London – High Holborn and Shaftesbury Avenue. In one direction is Centre Point and the start of Oxford Street; in another Leicester Square; to the south-east is Covent Garden; behind me is Bloomsbury and the giant hulk of the British Museum. It's quite a vista. But my view only lasts for eight seconds before the little green man turns red and a herd of black cabs rev their engines.

It's good to walk: the redesigned Exhibition Road in west London is a 'shared space' for pedestrians and cars

Walk on the wild side: Pedestrians could soon be given equal footing with cars

Traditional planning put cars at the centre of our streets but a radical rethink of how modern cities work could change all that.

Gallery staff join strike action

London's cultural centres were not immune from strike action today. Many of the National Gallery collections were closed to the public after security, administration and technical staff walked out.

Professor TA Birrell: Scholar and historian who charted the miraculous survival of the Royal Library of England

The history of the old Royal Library of England, from before the time of Edward IV to the present day, is one of miraculous survival amid political upheaval, government neglect and successive librarians' insensitivity. No one was more aware of the miracle than Tom Birrell, and no one did more to retrieve its integrity.

Roman hoard of coins dug up in Devon

The discovery of a hoard of coins, a cemetery and a lost settlement in Devon is being hailed as one of the most significant Roman discoveries in Britain for decades.

Historic library may close as subsidy slashed

A historic London reference library containing 50,000 books, including unique, centuries-old tomes relating to the history of the British Museum, is under threat of closure.

Man guilty of string of sex attacks

A serial rapist is facing a long prison sentence today after being convicted of attacking women near Buckingham Palace and the British Museum.

Travel Agenda: Enjoy England Awards; 64th Flower Parade; Laugharne Weekend; Hotel Indigo in Glasgow; Larkin Trail; British Museum; The Four Seasons Marrakech

Today: Some of England's best hotels, restaurants and attractions will be waking up in the knowledge that they are the victors in the annual Enjoy England Awards for Excellence ( enjoyengland.com/excellence). As well as No. 43 in Arnside, Cumbria, the winners, which were announced last night, included the Bay Tree Hotel in Burford, Oxfordshire ( cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk), The Langham in London ( langhamlondon.com), Cornwall's Porthminster Beach Café ( porthminstercafe.co.uk), Bedruthan Steps Hotel ( bedruthan.com) and the Chatsworth estate in Derbyshire ( chatsworth.org). Cumbrian Heavy Horses ( cumbrianheavyhorses.com) picked up the prize for best tourism experience.

Council to put fake statue on display

A council that was duped into paying £440,000 for a fake ancient Egyptian statue that was made in a garden shed plans to display the piece as part of an exhibition about forgeries.

Anger as TV show endorsesmetal-detecting 'plunderers'

Archaeologists criticise British Museum for opening archive to new series
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SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

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The science of herding is cracked

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Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

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