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 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 1805.

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 papers.

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.

Photo of a purple case on a red military uniform

New Waterloo Dispatch recreates the message heralding half a century of peace in Europe

Events are taking place across England this weekend as part of the New Waterloo Dispatch, a ceremonial interpretation of the journey the news of victory at the Battle of Waterloo travelled to reach......

A photo of an ancient brown helmet on a pole

Solving a Dark Age mystery: 7th century Christians, Pagans and the search for the Battle of Hatfield

Paul Jameson, of the Battle of Hatfield Investigation Society, on the bid to tell the story of England's first Christian king.

Photo of a soldier riding a horse in a field with smoke

National Army Museum enlists public to help catalogue new Battle of Waterloo "treasure trove"

Marking the 200th anniversary of the battle, a new online project will use crowd-sourcing to help preserve an important part of Britain's military and social heritage.

Photo of a man looking at an antique telescope

Napoleon's spyglass restored for the 200th anniversary of Waterloo

A new exhibition marking the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo will also feature the Duke of Wellington’s Book of Common Prayer and the first ever articulated wooden leg.

a painting of a British square putting up dogged resistance against attacking French cavalry.

Ten of the best Waterloo exhibitions to see for Waterloo200

The bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo is upon us with scores of events happening over the next two weeks, but you still have time to catch some stunning Waterloo exhibitions throughout the......

a photo of two gilded metal eagles

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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