First World War

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Gerry Judah honours war cemeteries with twin white cruciforms at St Paul's Cathedral

Installed in the cathedral which stood over wartime London, Gerry Judah's dramatic sculptures aim to question the wastefulness and destruction of war.

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RAF Museum to open First World in the Air permanent exhibition in December 2014

The RAF Museum has announced it will open its new permanent exhibition exploring the first air war in December 2014, with a £900,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Inside the new HMS Alliance and galleries at the National Museum of the Royal Navy

The only surviving British World War II-era submarine has reopened following a £7 million renovation, alongside the new £4.5 million Hear My Story galleries. Take a look.

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Curator's Choice: An eerie postcard of Rudyard Kipling's son before his death

Having initially been refused entry to the army due to extremely poor eyesight, Jack Kipling signed up before he was legally old enough. A postcard hints at his tragic tale.

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Photos by UK's first female press photographer show London a century ago

Christina Broom's photos show London at the outbreak of the First World War - including the son Rudyard Kipling sent to war.

A self portrait of man in a military great coat, scarfe, hat and gloves sketching on a pad

The NPG's Portraits of the First World War reveals the human face of the First World War

The National Portrait Gallery brings together photography, film, painting and drawing from all sides of the conflict in a major exploration of the faces of the First World War.

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Get intimate with Stanley Spencer's Heaven in a Hell of War at Pallant House Gallery

A very special encounter with a "heavenly moment in English painting" awaits visitors to Pallant House Gallery's Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War.

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BBC prepares to launch enormous storytelling project in World War One At Home

The untold and forgotten stories of World War I will begin to be told on the BBC next week in a week of broadcasts across local television and radio stations.

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Letters Home: Pub art project raises a glass to the First World War dead of a Kent village

A pub and social club in the village of Horsmonden in Kent are the site of a new art project which uses pub beer glasses to conjure memories of local First World War soldiers.

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Wives and Sweethearts: Love Letters sent During Wartime revealed by Army Museum

Described as an alternative to the "saccharine sentiments" of Valentine's Day, letters and photos at the National Army Museum reveal enduring, thriving wartime love stories.

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National Archives reveals conscription appeals of World War I Middlesex men

Telling thousands of little-known tales from those seeking exemption from service during World War I, a new online archive is a rare glimpse of letters and tribunals.

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National Archives says First World War war diaries project will lead to "new discoveries"

The National Archives has begun digitising its vast collection of World War I British Army Unit War Diaries, with a crowd sourcing project to enlist public help to tag them.

A photo of a small diary of a World War I soldier full of ink scribblings from March 1918

York Castle Museum calls for help to translate World War I diaries which have baffled curators

Contained in two diaries dating from 1917 and 1918, the scribblings of a soldier from the Palestine Campaign have left curators in York looking for shorthand interpreters.

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Royal De Luxe to return to Liverpool for First World War Centenary Cultural Programme

Another marionette spectacular is on the cards at Liverpool this July, as the French production team famed for their giant street processions return with Memories of August 1914.

A black and white photo of soldiers sitting and standing around during World War I

York Castle Museum to mark World War I in 1914: When the World Changed Forever

The public will be able to sign up to a regiment and discover the surprising global truth of World War I in a major centenary exhibition in York this summer.

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