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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World War Two hero sees Blenheim bomber take to the skies again ahead of VE Day airshow

Retired Squadron Leader Ian Blair, who flew one of the light bombers to safety after his pilot was killed during the war, saw a Blenheim return to the air following a 12-year restoration mission.

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French Eagles captured at Waterloo reunited at the National Museum of Scotland

Two Napoleonic Eagles captured at the battle of Waterloo have been reunited for a new display at the National Museum Scotland.

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Roman Empire: Power and People: five star objects from the British Museum exhibition

As it prepares to open at Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum in Wallsend later this month, take a look at some objects from the British Museum's major Roman show.

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Royal Armouries exhibition to pair iconic Waterloo artworks with arms and armour from the battle

Royal Armouries Leeds is marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with a special exhibition that carefully matches arms and armour with works of art.

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Ten images marking the 70th anniversary of VE Day

Ten images of the British home front marking the seventieth anniversary of VE Day, the official end of hostilities in Europe during World War Two.

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Sally B Flying Fortress to celebrate 70th birthday with VE Day fly past at Duxford Air Show

The B-17 Flying Fortress 'Sally B' will celebrates its 70th birthday and its 40th anniversary on the air show circuit, with a poignant VE Day flying salute at IWM Duxford.

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'Defiant' Jack Holmes: The man who built the Boulton Paul Defiant

Culture24 talks to 'Defiant' Jack Holmes, who went from working on Boulton Paul Defiants during World War Two to building the faithful replica now on display at Kent Battle of Britain Museum.

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Amputation knives to historical gold mines: key exhibits from the new National Civil War Centre

Ahead of the public opening of the new £5.4 million National Civil War Centre in Newark on Sunday, curators and experts introduce some of the star objects going on display.

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Cambridge University Library reveals rarely seen treasures for Waterloo200

A letter written from the body-strewn battlefield at Waterloo and a book from Napoleon’s personal library in exile go on display in Cambridge as a major Waterloo exhibition opens for Waterloo200.

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Old black and white photo helps RAF Museum recreate Claude Grahame-White's Hendon office

Claude Grahame-White's sumptuous first floor office has been faithfully recreated at the RAF Museum in London after careful analysis of a single black and white photograph.

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