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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Florence Nightingale's letter about "vision" which called her to nursing set for first display in public

An unseen letter from Florence Nightingale detailing the inspiration which called her to pursue her nursing career has been uncovered in a former family home in Cornwall.

a photo of of the hull of the Mary Rose in Portsmouth

Mary Rose Museum to re-open in 2016 with "best ever", "unrestricted" views of ship

The best ever view of the Mary Rose hull since her raising in 1982 is promised when the Mary Rose Museum re-opens in late summer 2016.

See some of the bizarre and brilliant drawings from the huge new French Revolution Digital Archive

From the Storming of the Bastille and Louis XVI to the abolition of the slave trade and Marie Antoinette portrayed as a harpy, Stanford and the French National Library's new database of drawings from the 18th century revolution is a sight to behold.

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Object of the Week: The incredibly rare Union flag flown on the HMS Minotaur at the Battle of Trafalgar

To mark Trafalgar Day, Greenwich's National Maritime Museum has put a precious flag from the battle on display in its Nelson, Navy, Nation gallery. Find out more in our Object of the Week.

A photo of the Hampshire lake where the Henry the fifth warship the Holigost may have been found by archaeologists

In search of the Holigost: Could archaeologists be about to rediscover Henry V's warship?

A wreck buried in mud in the River Hamble, the Southampton stretch where the mighty Grace Dieu warship was discovered during the 1930s, could be Henry V's Holigost, according to Historic England.

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The museum diorama makes a dramatic comeback for the Royal Armouries Agincourt exhibition

As the Royal Armouries prepares to unveil its Agincourt exhibition for the 600th Anniversary, we take a closer look at the diorama at the exhibition's centre.

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......

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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.

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"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.

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