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 an early example of an artificial right leg, made for Erskine House between 1914 and 1918

This is the only surviving artificial leg made in Glasgow for a limbless First World War soldier

This is the only known surviving Erskine leg. It’s a right leg made for Erskine House - then known as a hospital for limbless sailors and soldiers - at some point between 1916 and 1918.

A photo of a george cross awarded to richard v moore after the world war two blitz

Three men volunteered to defuse 17 unexploded mines dropped over London near the start of the Blitz

The George Cross medal given to Richard Moore, a mine disposal volunteer who helped seek out 17 unexploded parachutes during five September days in 1940, goes on display today.

An overhead photo of archaeology work at an outdoor world war two trench system

Archaeologists have found an officers' toilet in a replica German trench made in the Hampshire countryside in World War One

The "Bedlam Trenches" - designed a century ago to replicate the German systems at the Battle of the Somme - have been excavated by Wessex Archaeology during an intense two-week dig.

a photo of a man in an oxygen mask and helmet peering through the perspex glass nose cone of a plane

Take a closer look at a Cold War icon as the Imperial War Museum works to repair its Victor bomber

Colour pictures from the Cold War as Imperial War Museum Duxford launches a campaign to restore its iconic Handley Page Victor bomber.

A photo of curator Glyn Hughes, of the National Civil War Centre, holding a pistol

This is the 17th century pistol of the Baron who escaped the Civil War by dressing as a woman but was caught after asking for a shave

George Booth, the 1st Baron Delamer, had quite a life, including a spell imprisoned in the Tower of London and an ambassadorial role with Charles II. His pistol is a beauty.

A photo of a world war one mark four tank at thiepval near the somme site in belgium

Object of the Week: The First World War Mark IV tank used in Steven Spielberg's War Horse

The Tank Museum's Mark IV replica - a cameo star of Steven Spielberg's War Horse, made in 2010 - has travelled to France for the Somme commemorations.

a photo of a group of men dressed as First World War soldiers talking an elderly man holding a photo

We're here because we're here: Jeremy Deller's Somme tribute in pictures

Images from Jeremy Deller's 14-18NOW Somme Centenary tribute, 'were here because we're here', which saw ghostly soldiers appear at locations across the UK.

a film still of a drawn animation depicting a British soldier in a tin helmet

Battle of the Somme Centenary: Poignant exhibits and stories from UK museums and galleries

Explore the objects and stories marking 100 years since the Somme - from metal limbs and diaries to poetry and Christmas cards written on trench biscuits.

A photo of a woman serving in the Order of St John Ambulance Brigade Hospital during world war one

Hundreds of women saw the horrors of the Battle of the Somme. Here's what they faced on the first day

A new book, Sisters of the Somme, revisits the experiences of the women who served with the Order of St John Ambulance Brigade Hospital between 1915 and 1919. Read an extract here.

A photo of World War One soldiers wearing gas masks from an exhibition at London's Science Museum

Arms, eyes and masks: Ten chilling exhibits from the Science Museum's World War One Wounded exhibition

As the new exhibition exploring the experiences and treatment of combatants and carers in World War One opens, take a look at ten key exhibits.

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