Battlefield Britain - 2000 Years Of Conflict On British Soil

| 23 January 2006
BBC Battlefield Britain

The BBC series Battlefield Britain spanned 2000 years and told the story of eight key battles fought on and over British soil. See the spoils of war and discover the story behind these violent clashes at a museum or historic site with Culture24's Battlefield Britain trails. Follow the Culture24 Trails below to find key locations, museums and heritage sites you can visit to find out more.

From Boudicca's destructive rebellion against the Romans to the incredible feats of 'The Few' who saw off the Luftwaffe, these battles all had wide-reaching consequences and implications for the future of these isles.

In conjunction with the BBC, Culture24 created eight trails that are designed to show you the best places to visit around the country to get a real idea of what happened.

Click on one of the links below to see the spoils of war and discover the story behind these violent clashes at a museum or historic site near you.

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