One of our most popular sections, War and Conflict, produced scores of museum and heritage stories during 2013. Here are the ten most popular as chosen by Culture24 readers
1. World's largest surviving military gun arrives at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
It’s the biggest military gun in the world and it traveled from a transport museum in Holland for the centenary of the First World War.
© John Paul de Winter, Utrecht
2. Richard III: The Royal Armouries' Bob Woosnam-Savage on the violent death of the King in battle
Hacked to death at the Battle of Bosworth. The Royal Armouries had all the gory details on the death of Richard III.
© Royal Armouries
3. RAF Museum celebrates the golden age of Airfix kits
Ah the whiff of the epoxy resin and enamel paint... It was enough to get the Culture24 editor waxing lyrical about the joys of the Airfix kit.
© Courtesy RAF Museum
4. Dutch female jouster to defy Henry VIII by battling at Royal Armouries finale
We caught up with Alix van Zijl, the veterinary surgeon who made her British debut at the Royal Armouries’ famous Bank Holiday face-off amidst the testosterone fueled arena of the jousting tournament.
© Royal Armouries
5. David Cundall leads Burma archaeology team in search for buried World War II spitfires
Say what you like about Mr Cundall and his quest for the Burma Spitfires, but this is a story that just won’t go away. Here was the opening salvo of a long running saga.
6. RAF Museum begins task of rescuing the last German Dornier bomber from the seabed
It crashed off Goodwin Sands during the Battle of Britain in 1940 and here’s how the RAF Museum began the delicate task of recovering it intact.
© RAF Museum
7. Imperial War Museum to reopen to public with Spies, drones and photography displays
Such is the popularity of the IWM there was massive interest in its partial re-opening – even amid the din of ongoing building works.
© Foster + Partners
8. Unique First World War aerodrome Stow Maries saved from dereliction
A heart-warming story about a remarkable survivor, the pictures alone reveal why this is a gem worth saving.
© Courtesy of Heritage Lottery Fund
9. Royal Engineers Museum reveals ambitious plans for First World War centenary
Hundreds of Museums are making plans for the First World War centenary, but the Royal Engineers - who designed and built many of the trenches - generated most interest.
© Courtesy Royal Engineers Museum, Library & Archive
10. The last RAF VC10 touches down at Dunsfold Park
An iconic workhorse of the Cold War retires, triggering happy memories for many readers.
© Courtesy Brooklands Museum
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