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 containers used to hold sliced bacon

Independence Day 2015: Bacon tins, suncream, lard and sauce left by US soldiers during World War II

Finds Supervisor Sue Nelson, of Wessex Archaeology, on the remains of World War II mess kitchens found on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

a photo of a Spitfire next to a large white building

Restored Spitfire goes on show outside Cabinet War Rooms ahead of its charity sale at Christie's

A rare, restored Mark I Spitfire goes on show outside the Cabinet War Rooms in London's Whitehall this weekend ahead of its auction next week at Christie's in aid of charity.

a black and white photo of a merchant boat.

Commemorative paving stone to be unveiled for first civilian to receive a VC during WWI

A memorial Victoria Cross paving stone will be laid this weekend in Islington to remember Master Frederick Parslow who died as captain of the SS Anglo Californian, which was attacked by a German submarine n July 1915.

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Public ballot announced for Battle of the Somme centenary memorial tickets

Tickets for a special centenary commemoration of the Battle of the Somme next year will be distributed by a public ballot on September 15.

a photo of a painting featuring soldiers fighting in the streets, surrounded by houses, as families flee. Some soldiers are carried flags and in the middle of the painting one solider is being carried away after being shot.

History in the firing line as Tate Britain explores British history painting

Depictions of conflicts, protests and battles invade Tate Britain as Fighting History brings the past into the present day.

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Work begins on restoration of Orkney's Kitchener Memorial

Work to restore the Kitchener Memorial, marking the death of the Secretary of War on HMS Hampshire in 1916, begins as fundraising for a memorial with names of 736 crew lost with him continues.

a photo of the side of HMS Victory with the hull painted in mustard and black stripes

HMS Victory to be re-painted in original Battle of Trafalgar colours

The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth is re-painting HMS Victory, the most celebrated ship in naval history, to make it historically accurate for the time of the Battle of Trafalgar in......

a photo of the fuselage of a large jet plane on a flatbed trailer with the words Runway Ahead on a red background written on the tarmac in front of it

RAF Museum Cosford takes delivery of VC10 serial number XR808

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford's latest acquisition, VC10 serial number XR808, has arrived at the museum's airfield following a final road trip along the M6 motorway.

a colour print showing men on horseback and regiments going into battle across fields

Waterloo and the papers of the first Duke of Wellington held in the Wellington Archive

As the New Waterloo Dispatch prepares to journey to London, two Professors of History and Archival Studies at the University of Southampton's Wellington Archive discuss the Duke's private and public......

a painting of a soldier in a red coat leaning back and gesticulating on a chair as an audience of men with pipes, a woman and a dog look at him

Three Waterloo paintings join VanGoYourself for Waterloo200 anniversary

Three Waterloo paintings from the collection of the National Army Museum have joined the VanGoYourself website and are now ready for people to recreate in time for Waterloo200.

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