Pre-20th Century Conflict

From the Battle of Agincourt to Spion Kop, pre-20th century British military history is littered with conflicts that continue to enthrall. Explore them here with news, reviews, features, events, resources, websites and much more drawn from UK museums, galleries, archives and heritage sites.

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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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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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Massive 13-metre Waterloo Cartoon emerges from Royal Academy stores for Waterloo Bicentenary

Following a major conservation project, the Royal Academy is to display its monumental 13-metre wide cartoon The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo.

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Monster, villain and clown: Richard III tried to hide scoliosis before cruel depictions were made, new research says

The king could have tried to hide his scoliosis before his body was exhibited following his death at the Battle of Bosworth, says the University of Leicester's Dr Mary Ann Lund.

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"We can only imagine the horrific injuries": 15th century War of the Roses handgun goes on show for first time

A handgun which a soldier attempted to use at the Battle of Towton - one of the bloodiest battles of the War of the Roses, in 1461 - is among the artefacts to have gone on show at York's Richard III......

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Royal Scots Waterloo Colours to be displayed for last time at Edinburgh Castle

To mark 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, The Royal Scots regimental Colours, which they carried into the battle, are to be displayed for the last time to the public at Edinburgh Castle.

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Wordsworth the War Poet emerges from the Napoleonic war clouds in Wordsworth, War and Waterloo in Grasmere

As Wordsworth, War & Waterloo opens at the Wordsworth Museum, Culture24 talks to Wordsworth expert Professor Simon Bainbridge about the great Lake District Romantic as a war poet.

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