First World War

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London Transport Museum Battle Bus heads through Belgium for First World War Centenary tour

London Transport Museum’s recently restored and converted B-type bus No.B2737 Battle Bus is on a ten-day tour of battlefields across Belgium and Northern France.

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Liverpool Pals memorial to be unveiled at Liverpool Lime Street for First World War Centenary

The sacrifice of the Pals Battalions of Liverpool is to be marked with a new memorial at Liverpool Lime Street station designed by local sculptor Tom Murphy.

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Curator's Choice: Hannah Agass looks through the diary of World War I nurse Veronica Nisbet

Hannah Agass, of the Museum of the Order of St John, on the moving testimonial of a St John Ambulance nurse who volunteered to save soldiers' lives during the First World War.

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Royal Mint issues £20 coin in symbol of sadness honouring First World War troops

Depicting Britannia watching over troops leaving for France a century ago, sculptor John Bergahl's coin is on the second £20 coin to be created by The Royal Mint.

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Trent to Trenches exhibition tells people's story of the First World War in Nottinghamshire

Trent to Trenches, the county-wide programme for the centenary of the First World War in Nottinghamshire, opens its major exhibition at Nottingham Castle.

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National Museum Cardiff on the art of a First World War propaganda campaign

National Museum Cardiff reveals the entire series of 66 prints from the portfolio, The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals commissioned by the British government in 1917.

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Poignant archive of local men who fought in the First World War digitised by Manx Museum

Kept by the local vicar, the First World War archive of men from the local parish of Douglas has been digitised and published online by Manx Museum.

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery reveals the painting that inspired Wilfred Owen

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is about to launch a new exhibition called Remembering the Great War for the First World Centenary - with a little seen painting admired by Wilfred Owen.

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What if Archduke Franz Ferdinand had worn a bulletproof vest? asks Royal Armouries

A researcher at the Royal Armouries in Leeds is researching the ballistic qualities of a vest that could have saved the life of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

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Lights Out: Jeremy Deller and Bob and Roberta Smith help commemorate outbreak of First World War

Jeremy Deller will release four new films via an app, while Bob and Roberta, Bedwyr Williams and Nalini Malani will also create public artworks as part of the Lights Out campaign.

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Europeana project aims to save more forgotten First World War family histories

Do you have First World War family heirlooms and mementos? The British Library and Europeana 1914-1918 are calling on people in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and beyond to share their stories for a unique......

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Goodbye Piccadilly - the buses that went to war at London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum explores the role of buses and bus drivers during the First World War, as well as life on the home front and the social changes that took place in wartime London.

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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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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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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, but what of the Second World War galleries?......

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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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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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