Military History

From your local regimental military museum and national collections to forts, redoubts, bunkers and historic battlefields, Britain's military heritage is rich and varied. Explore it all here with Culture24 museum news, exhibition reviews, features, military museum events, websites and more...

A photo of World War One re-enactors going on a march to honour the Somme fallen

Famous Somme football charge recreated on anniversary of fire which destroyed WWI collection

On the first anniversary of a fire at a Surrey National Trust house which destroyed a First World War football, re-enactors will embark on a two-day march with an Edwardian-style replica.

A photo of a yellowed sheet of paper telling the story of Newark during the English Civil War

Object of the Week: The news sheets relating the King's surrender days after the fall of Newark in the English Civil War

In May 1646, news sheets - now held in the town's National Civil War - confirmed that Newark had been taken during a Civil War clash between the Parliamentary and Royalist forces.

A photo of a limestone head as part of the British Museum's Sicily exhibition

Sicily: British Museum's Culture and Conquest exhibition paints colourful portrait of 4,000 years on an island

The history of Sicily's conquerors reads as a roll call of the great ancient civilisations in a fascinating - if somewhat sanitised - new exhibition, says Rachel Teskey.

A photo of a suit of armour worn by King James the Second held at the royal armouries

Object of the Week: King James II's 17kg suit of armour and helmet, made in 1686

Costing £100 and delivered in December 1686, James II’s harquebusier’s armour was the last suit of armour made for a British monarch. The helmet alone weighs more than 3kg.

A photo of a surgical instrument from the British Civil War at the National Civil War Centre

Muskets, dysentry, bullet extractors and bone saws: The medical breakthroughs of the British Civil Wars

Soldiers in the Civil Wars were treated with bullet extractors, bone saws and skull elevators before the age of anaesthetic. But it was also a time when surgeons could experiment.

A photo of an advert from the first world war

Remembering 1916: Ten amazing objects from Life on the Western Front

The battles of Verdun, Jutland and the Somme left a mass of untold stories and uncelebrated individuals behind. These ten objects help tell some of those tales.

a photo of a skull from the battle of culloden in scotland

Mysterious Culloden skull could have belonged to battlefield casualty who was charging forward or on hands and knees

A top section of a skull which has undergone 3D remodelling probably belonged to someone killed on the battlefield in a bloody meeting between the Highlanders and the King's troops in 1746.

A photo of the daughter of world war two airman Odd Grønfur Olsen sitting in Leith Art School

Daughter of World War Two RAF hero who fled SS in Norway creates exhibition in his honour

Nicknamed Olly, a Norwegian man left his family without telling them and fled the SS to help the RAF during the Second World War. Now his story is being told in Scotland for the first time.

A photo of a set of historic planes at the National Museum of Flight in Edinburgh, Scotland

In Pictures: National Museum of Flight to reopen after £3.6 million redevelopment

Scotland's National Museum of Flight reopens for the Easter weekend. Here are some of the spectacular exhibits to expect in the hangars of East Lothian.

A photo of the brown wooden wheelchair of Sir Thomas Fairfax, the Commander-in-Chief of the Civil War Parliamentarians

Object of the Week: The wheelchair of Sir Thomas Fairfax, the Commander-in-Chief of the Civil War Parliamentarians

Sir Thomas Fairfax led from the front during the 17th century Civil War, including suffering wounds 18 times and being shot in the shoulder in Yorkshire. He used this wheelchair during his......

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