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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Ten artists exploring the legacy of World War Two in Russian Art

Ten artworks from a new exhibition from Art Russe at the Saatchi Gallery exploring how 20th century Russian artists responded to World War Two.

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Fashion on the Ration: The story of clothing on the home front during World War Two

Laura Clouting, curator of the Imperial War Museum exhibition Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, talks about rationing, utility clothing and fashion on the home front during World War Two.

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The NPG prepares to show its biggest portrait: The Duke of Wellington's Funeral Procession

The National Portrait Gallery is to display for the first time the largest portrait in its Collection, a print showing the entire funeral procession of the Duke of Wellington, for Waterloo200.

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Metal detectorist's "outstanding" 17th century silver seal discovery bought by National Civil War Centre

The silver seal of an important Civil War soldier, described as the best ever discovery of a late metal detectorist who found it in a field in 2004, will go on public display at Newark's new museum.

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"Blockbuster" exhibition to tell tales of Roman cavalry archaeology found along Hadrian's Wall

A "blockbuster" exhibition will spend £690,000 in funding on a display across the Roman frontier, based around the story of the elite cavalry regiments who once roamed the land.

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New memorial wall will remember 736 men lost with Lord Kitchener on HMS Hampshire in 1916

A commemorative wall bearing the names of all 736 men lost when HMS Hampshire sank during the First World War is to be built around Orkney's Kitchener Memorial.

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Blackouts, Zeppelin raids and peace: New Scars on the City exhibition shows Edinburgh in World War I

Cigarette cards used to teach young people about the war and photos from the bombing raids the city endured are part of a new exhibition at the Museum of Edinburgh.

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The story behind the 19th century Death Mask of Napoleon

Find about the death mask which has gone on show at the British Museum as part of Bonaparte and the British: Prints and Propaganda in the Age of Napoleon.

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Crowdfunding bid to complete restoration of WWI veteran HMS M.33 for Gallipoli centenary

Crowdfunding is being adopted by the National Museum of the Royal Navy to complete the conservation of First World War veteran vessel HMS M.33 in her centenary year.

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Newly released film footage shows "eureka moment" when killer blow to King Richard III was found

New film footage, revealing details of the potential killer blow that claimed the life of King Richard III for the first time, has been released by the University of Leicester.

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Kings, Castles and Magna Carta: The Castles of the First Barons' War

Why did King John sign the Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215 and what was the Barons' War? Follow this trail of medieval castles to explore a world of medieval sieges, power struggles and the fight......

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England's oldest surviving cannonball resurfaces near site of Battle of Northampton

Lost several years ago, the key piece of evidence that the 1460 Battle of Northampton was the first in England to use artillery has reappeared - potentially to become part of a new visitor centre.

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