War & Conflict

From your local regimental military museum and national collections to forts, redoubts, bunkers and historic battlefields, Britain's military heritage is rich and varied. Explore it all here with Culture24 museum news, exhibition reviews, features, military museum events, websites and more...

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English Heritage appeals to public to tag vast collection of First World War aerial photos

First World War Centenary planners and English Heritage are asking the public to share their knowledge of some of the sites shown in Britain from Above's collection of 95,000 photos.

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The best exhibitions to see for the First World War Centenary in 2014

The First World War Centenary sees thousands of exhibitions and events take place across the world. Here are the best First World War exhibitions to see this year in the UK.

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COMPETITION: Win a copy of Andrew Robertshaw's Somme 1916, Battle Story

We have three copies of Andrew Robertshaw's new account of the Battle of the Somme to give away to Culture24 readers.

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Imperial War Museum reopens with ground-breaking interactive First World War gallery

Imperial War Museum's new First World War gallery, which has reopened following a £40 million overhaul, is a major step forward in museum exhibitions, writes Richard Moss.

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Cara Spencer on her dad, the Beatles, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana and Victoria Beckham

Curated by his daughter and named after the war hero and photographer's favourite phrase, Living Dangerously is about to showcase Terence Spencer's remarkable career.

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Six stories from Brighton Museum's War Stories: Voices from the First World War

Spouses who fell in love at military hospitals and soldiers in Iraq who filled scrapbooks with cricket scores are among the World War I stories in Brighton, reveals curator Jody East.

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Curator's Choice: An undercoat worn by a First World War soldier at Brighton Museum

Left on a grandmother's sideboard for years, a coat at Brighton Museum's new War Stories display is part of the story of two brothers who died on the Somme a century ago.

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Every object tells a story: Imperial War Museum's new atrium promises new creative displays

More than 400 objects will go on display in the Imperial War Museum's new central atrium, including dozens never been seen before, when it re-opens on July 19.

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Curator's Choice: Legendary goalkeeper Robert 'Pom Pom' Whiting's World War I story

Historian Tim Carder tells us the tragic tale of Bob Whiting, whose life is part of the new War Stories: Voices from the First World War exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

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First World War training trenches in Britain are widespread, says university professor

Aerial photographic evidence of trench training systems from the First World War is widespread across the UK, says a professor at Huddersfield University.

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Grief, grit and humour: British Library marks centenary of the First World War

The British Library is using its collection of printed material to explore how those both at home and on the front line tried to cope with the enormity of the First World War.

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Mid Devon at War: Tiverton Museum recalls the home front in the First World War

Tiverton Museum is paying tribute to the men and women of the Mid Devon home front with a new exhibition exploring how the First World War affected the bucolic county.

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Statue of Unknown Soldier receives over 4,000 letters in First World War Centenary project

A new website is inviting writers and members of the public to write letters to the Unknown Soldier in Paddington Station in commemoration of the First World War.

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Largest Napoleonic re-enactment ever staged planned for bicentenary of Battle of Waterloo

Events including a show, exhibitions and two major historical re-enactments will take place on and around the historical battlefield of Waterloo in June 2015.

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Most famous French artillery gun of First World War arrives at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson has taken delivery of a famous 75mm Soixante-Quinze French artillery piece for the First World War Centenary.

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