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...

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How the RAF Museum is conserving the world's last remaining World War Two Dornier bomber

Culture24 talks to RAF Museum Conservation Centre Manager Darren Priday about the project to conserve the remains of the last German Dornier 17 World War Two bomber.

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Operation to save UK's last surviving World War II Landing Craft ends in success

An "unbelievably exciting" two-day salvage operation by divers and historians in Birkenhead has raised the LCT 7074, which played a pivotal role in the D-Day campaign.

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Battle of Jutland "living legend" HMS Caroline to become museum in £11.5 million overhaul

HMS Caroline, the lone survivor of the largest naval battle of World War I, will be turned into a major museum - 90 years after she moved to Belfast Harbour.

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In Pictures: First World War fashions from the Illustrated London News archive

Browse our slideshow to get a taste of First World War fashions and clothing, as covered by the Illustrated London News, The Tatler and other illustrated magazines of the period.

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Richard III cortege journey route revealed as Leicester Cathedral prepares to bury body

The remains of Richard III will visit churches and landmarks from the King's final days on a journey next March, moving from the University of Leicester to the city's cathedral.

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Major exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery draws on five senses to bring home conflict

The Sensory War 1914-2014 brings together artists from the Great War with later works about Vietnam, Congo, Afghanistan and the Gulf.

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Extraordinary box of treasures discovered in attic reveals one man’s life during the First World War

A metal box discovered by National Trust volunteers in an attic at Scotney Castle in Kent has revealed a treasure trove of First World War militaria and memorabilia from a Brigadier-General.

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Alan Turing's World War II codebreaking Bombe is best invention, says Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The machine which decoded 5,000 German messages a day during the Second World War has narrowly beaten Concorde in a poll of engineering experts and fans.

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Sky's the limit for one lucky writer as RAF Museum announces blogger-in-residence post

Ahead of the museum's first major exhibition in more than ten years - this December's First World War in the Air show - curators are inviting one blogger to be a part of it.

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RAF Museum's Sopwith Camel "flies" again as First World War gallery takes shape

The RAF Museum has placed one of its prized exhibits, a WWI Sopwith Camel, high in the rafters of the new First World War in the Air exhibition space which opens in December 2014.

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Dive for missing Mary Rose data-logger to be held by marine archaeologists in November

The Mary Rose Trust hopes to retrieve a data-logger, installed during a dive in June to monitor the remains of the 17th century shipwreck, during its latest mission next month.

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Imperial War Museum asks public to help chart history of WWII American airmen in England

The lives of American personnel who served on British airbases during World War Two are being brought to life in a new crowdsourcing web project launched by IWM Duxford.

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Competition: Win a copy of World War I graphic art anthology The New Wipers Times

Writer Helen Cross and artist Carol Adlam have recreated the renowned trench magazine in a stylish graphic art book as part of the World War I Centenary. Win it here.

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Was King Harold buried at Waltham Abbey years after the Battle of Hastings? New scan could reveal all

Stonemason Peter Burke decided to investigate the grounds of Waltham Abbey during research for a history trilogy. TV teams are now following his quest for King Harold.

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In Pictures: Archaeologists find remains of World War I village and Prisoner of War camp

See pictures from the Yorkshire Dales site where remnants of a village created more than a century ago have been found.

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