First World War

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a painting of a smoking gun deck of a battleship with several battleships in the distance

100 years since the Battle of Jutland: UK exhibitions mark the greatest sea battle of the First World War

Exhibitions, installations, events and web projects are being launched across the UK to mark 100 years since the Battle of Jutland, on May 31 1916.

A photo of World War One re-enactors going on a march to honour the Somme fallen

Famous Somme football charge recreated on anniversary of fire which destroyed WWI collection

On the first anniversary of a fire at a Surrey National Trust house which destroyed a First World War football, re-enactors will embark on a two-day march with an Edwardian-style replica.

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Remembering 1916: Ten amazing objects from Life on the Western Front

The battles of Verdun, Jutland and the Somme left a mass of untold stories and uncelebrated individuals behind. These ten objects help tell some of those tales.

Jutland 1916 book cover with a black and white photo of ships at full steam

Win a copy of Jutland 1916: Twelve Hours to Win the War

Win a copy of Jutland 1916: Twelve Hours to Win the War, the new book by Angus Konstam telling the story of the largest naval battle of the First World War.

a triptych of drawings of a man sketching amidst the desolation of the trenches

Dave McKean unleashes his Dreams of Paul Nash for 14-18 NOW

A selection of previously unseen artworks by Dave McKean have been revealed in advance of the world premiere performance of the artist's Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash in Cumbria in May.

A photo of a graphic designed First World War poster appealing to the call of compulsion

England expects: Seven striking First World War posters which urged men to enlist

Within months of World War One breaking out, it became clear that recruiting enough volunteers to win the war was a huge task. Ahead of a new exhibition in Bath, see some of the persuasive posters......

A black and white photo of a group of women posing for a photo at a conference

War, peace, fines and summits: Six images from the movement to achieve equality for women

From the Boer War of more than a century ago to the first World Conference on Women, held in Mexico in 1975, here are six images from the London School of Economics' new exhibition.

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The big guns: Arsenal of B98 German destroyer from World War One Battle of Jutland heads to Portsmouth

The large deck gun from the German B98 destroyer, used at the Battle of Jutland, is heading to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard alongside a gun from HMS Opal, which also took part in the battle.

A photo of a First World War diary in black ink on light brown paper

"Mental cases", parasites, brandy injections and food complaints: First World War hospital ship diaries go online

Setting up hospitals in battlegrounds and out at sea created a variety of challenges, as a new set of more than 200 diaries, put online by The National Archives, illustrate.

A black and white photo of a mother and her children reading a letter in 1916

Object of the Week: The family of a 16-year-old World War One hero learn of his posthumous honour

This is the moment when the mother of John Travers Cornwell – otherwise known as Jack or Boy Cornwell – was informed that he would receive a posthumous Victoria Cross.

A photo of archaeologists carrying out a dig for a Spitfire at a fenland site in Cambridgeshire

Search for World War Two Spitfire, crashed by pilot during routine flight in 1940, begins in Cambridgeshire

A week-long excavation to unearth a Mark 1 Spitfire which crashed on a routine training flight during the Second World War has begun on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

A black and white photo of a chimpanzee having her hair cut by World War One Commander Geoffrey Spicer-Simson

The Chimp who went to War: This chimpanzee accompanied a skirt-wearing, tattooed commander on an epic World War I mission

See pictures of a First World War chimpanzee, Josephine, and eating from a spoon and having her hair preened as part of a British Admiralty journey from Twickenham to Africa.

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