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.

A photo of archaeologists working at the site of the 1066 Battle of Fulford near York

Archaeologists investigating Anglo-Viking Battle of Fulford find ancient road and route of English retreat

A two-week dig has revealed an ancient road at the site of the Battle of Fulford, where a Viking army defeated the Saxon troops of Mercia and Northumbria in September 1066.

A photo of a newspaper page from the Civil War broadcasting news from the north

Strange news from the north: the ghost sightings used for political gain over 17th century Yorkshire

Researchers say a series of pamphlets, published from 1659 onwards, reported "five strange wonders" in the north and west of England - suggesting the north could have been perceived as a magical place.

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Falcons, polecats and swords: Arundel Castle International Joust Week in pictures

The story of the first day at Arundel Castle's International Joust Week 2015.

A photo of a man wearing white gloves holding a large musket ball inside a museum

"When they are destroyed they are gone permanently": Museum asks detectorists not to melt Civil War musket and cannon balls

The National Civil War Centre, in Newark, is asking metal detectorists to resist the chance to melt down civil war metal they may find.

A photo of a male human skeleton inside a large darkened museum box

Battered soldier's body tells bloody tale of the Wars of the Roses

The battered bones of a soldier who fell at the bloody Battle of Towton during the Wars of the Roses have been installed at the Richard III Experience in York.

photograph of re-enactors dressed as knights and wielding clubs in the grounds of a ruined castle

Culture24's Top Ten re-enactments and living history events for summer 2015

Summer is the best time to visit a living history event, with this year boasting some of the grandest ever productions. From elegant Victorian tea parties to epic Civil War recreations, Culture24......

a photo of the side of HMS Victory with the hull painted in mustard and black stripes

HMS Victory to be re-painted in original Battle of Trafalgar colours

The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth is re-painting HMS Victory, the most celebrated ship in naval history, to make it historically accurate for the time of the Battle of Trafalgar in......

a colour print showing men on horseback and regiments going into battle across fields

Waterloo and the papers of the first Duke of Wellington held in the Wellington Archive

As the New Waterloo Dispatch prepares to journey to London, two Professors of History and Archival Studies at the University of Southampton's Wellington Archive discuss the Duke's private and public......

a painting of a soldier in a red coat leaning back and gesticulating on a chair as an audience of men with pipes, a woman and a dog look at him

Three Waterloo paintings join VanGoYourself for Waterloo200 anniversary

Three Waterloo paintings from the collection of the National Army Museum have joined the VanGoYourself website and are now ready for people to recreate in time for Waterloo200.

Photo of a painting of a man in armour on a battlefield

The Brontës, War and Waterloo shows the influence of the Napoleonic era on the literary family

The Brontë Parsonage Museum is exploring how contemporary events during the Napoleonic wars fueled the Brontës' literary imagination.

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