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The National Army Museum is a leading authority on the British Army and its impact on society past and present. We examine the army's role as protector, aggressor and peacekeeper from the British Civil Wars to the modern day. Through our collections we preserve and share stories of ordinary people with extraordinary responsibilities. We explore the role of the army and its relevance today. We aim to be a first class museum that moves, inspires, challenges, educates and entertains. The National Army Museum is a fun, interactive space for all the family. Our engaging museum experience reaches out to all. We want to connect the British public with its army, regardless of age, gender, race and religion. Find out more online www.nam.ac.uk

Continue your kids' #SummerMission with Fun Outside- our selection of outdoor games you can play socially distanced in y...
09/08/2020

Continue your kids' #SummerMission with Fun Outside- our selection of outdoor games you can play socially distanced in your garden or local park, From ‘Soldierly Statues’ to ‘Camouflage Hide and Seek’... bit.ly/3hLYH48

On Friday 14 August, take a virtual tour of the Museum's galleries with Robert McLean from our Visitor Experience team, ...
09/08/2020
Guided Tour: Far East Campaign | National Army Museum

On Friday 14 August, take a virtual tour of the Museum's galleries with Robert McLean from our Visitor Experience team, as he explores the story of the Second World War's Far East campaign through the objects on display. Part of our free series of events commemorating #VJDay75: https://bit.ly/3ggDhvs

Join Robert McLean from our Visitor Experience team on a virtual tour of the galleries, exploring the story of the Far East campaign through the objects on display.

In one week's time, on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, join historians from National Museum of the Royal Navy, The Royal...
08/08/2020
Never Forgotten: The War in the Far East and in Modern Memory | National Army Museum

In one week's time, on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, join historians from National Museum of the Royal Navy, The Royal Air Force Museum ( RAFM, R.A.F.M) and Commonwealth War Graves Commission with journalist and author Shrabani Basu, as they explore roles and experiences on land, sea and air during the Far East campaign, and examine how it is commemorated: bit.ly/33cqVRC. Part of our free series of events commemorating #VJDay75.

Join historians from the four VJ75 partner organisations as they explore the road to Victory over Japan and discuss how it is remembered in myth and memory.

On Saturday 15 August at 4pm, Second World War veterans from the Burma campaign, Captain Sir Tom Moore & Private Joseph ...
08/08/2020

On Saturday 15 August at 4pm, Second World War veterans from the Burma campaign, Captain Sir Tom Moore & Private Joseph Hammond will be in conversation with curator Dr Peter Johnston in a free online event.

Captain Sir Tom Moore captured the hearts of the nation in April 2020 when he walked 100 lengths of his garden in the run-up to his 100th birthday to raise money for NHS Charities Together.

Inspired by Captain Tom, 95-year-old Joseph Hammond walked 2km every day for one week in his hometown of Accra in Ghana to raise funds to support Covid-19 front-line workers as well as vulnerable ex-soldiers.

Both men will reflect on their time in Burma, while also sharing memories of their wider military service.

Find out more: bit.ly/3knWePd

Part of our VJ75: Never Forgotten series of events. #VJDay75

Today is #InternationalCatDay so we'd like to highlight our very own tabby cat 'Crimean Tom'.  Legend has it he was the ...
08/08/2020

Today is #InternationalCatDay so we'd like to highlight our very own tabby cat 'Crimean Tom'. Legend has it he was the one lucky survivor at the Siege of Sebastopol in 1855. Now that we're open again, you can come and say hello to him for yourself in our Soldier gallery! bit.ly/3g7exW3

The Chelsea History Festival returns 17 - 27 September 2020, bringing the past to life with a line-up of talks, tours & ...
07/08/2020

The Chelsea History Festival returns 17 - 27 September 2020, bringing the past to life with a line-up of talks, tours & events, both physical and virtual.

From natural to social history, military to art history, the varied programme will demonstrate the ongoing resonance and relevance of history today.

The line-up will include Philippe Sands, Hallie Rubenhold, Olivette Otele and Michael Morpurgo.

To keep up with the latest programme information, sign up for email updates and check out Chelsea History Festival

Find out more: bit.ly/33Ew8l4

The Chelsea History Festival was created in partnership with us, The Chelsea Pensioners & Chelsea Physic Garden. Sponsored by Cadogan.

On Friday 14 August at 7pm we will premiere a free online screening of a new short film. Author and explorer Levison Woo...
07/08/2020

On Friday 14 August at 7pm we will premiere a free online screening of a new short film. Author and explorer Levison Wood discovers the story of his grandfather's wartime service in Burma through family memorabilia and National Army Museum archives.

Join him on this emotional journey back in time, where with the help of his dad Lev Wood Senior and Dr Peter Johnston of the National Army Museum, he discovers not only his grandfather’s personal story, but that of many other soldiers who fought in the ‘Forgotten War’. Find out more: bit.ly/30zfrpo

#VJDay75

Join us in a few hours to hear Wendy Moore explore the story of the amazing women who ran a military hospital in a derel...
07/08/2020
Endell Street: A Most Remarkable Military Hospital - Crowdcast

Join us in a few hours to hear Wendy Moore explore the story of the amazing women who ran a military hospital in a derelict London workhouse during the First World War. Plenty of time still to sign up for free on Crowdcast and listen live at 12pm!
bit.ly/2XmYCfz

Register now for National Army Museum's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Friday August 07, 2020 at 12:00 pm BST.

In one week's time, join General Lord Richards, President of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, in conversation ...
06/08/2020
Commonwealth Contribution in the Far East | National Army Museum

In one week's time, join General Lord Richards, President of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, in conversation with Dr Peter Johnston as they explore the contribution of Commonwealth soldiers during the Far East campaign, as part of our free series of events commemorating #VJDay75: bit.ly/2XcMZaI

Join General Lord Richards, Grand President of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, in conversation with Dr Peter Johnston as they explore the contribution of Commonwealth soldiers during the Far East campaign.

Join historian Dr Yasmin Khan with journalist and author Shrabani Basu live on Crowdcast as they discuss India's role in...
06/08/2020
India at War | National Army Museum

Join historian Dr Yasmin Khan with journalist and author Shrabani Basu live on Crowdcast as they discuss India's role in the Second World War in one week's time, as part of our series of free events commemorating #VJDay75: bit.ly/3367dH4

Join historian Yasmin Khan in conversation with journalist and author Shrabani Basu as they discuss India’s role in the Second World War.

Continue your kids' #SummerMission with Fun Outside- our selection of outdoor games you can play socially distanced in y...
05/08/2020

Continue your kids' #SummerMission with Fun Outside- our selection of outdoor games you can play socially distanced in your garden or local park, From ‘Soldierly Statues’ to ‘Camouflage Hide and Seek’...bit.ly/30bIxLq

#OnThisDay in 1914, Britain officially declared war on Germany. Sir Edward Grey was British Foreign Secretary between 19...
04/08/2020

#OnThisDay in 1914, Britain officially declared war on Germany.

Sir Edward Grey was British Foreign Secretary between 1905 and 1916. Despite his endeavours for peace, the British declared war on Germany on 3 August 1914. That night, as he stood at a window in the Foreign Office, watching the lamps being lit, he famously remarked: 'The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time'. This image from our collection shows him writing despatches in 1914: bit.ly/3eHeuzO

Marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, bestselling authors and historians James Holland and Dr Robert Lyman explore one...
02/08/2020
War in Burma | National Army Museum

Marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, bestselling authors and historians James Holland and Dr Robert Lyman explore one of the most gruelling campaigns of the Second World War, the Burma Campaign. Join them live on Crowdcast, as part of our series commemorating #VJDay75: https://bit.ly/2BIuvaA

Marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, bestselling authors and historians James Holland and Dr Robert Lyman explore one of the most gruelling campaigns of the Second World War.

On 2 August 1990 Iraq invaded its neighbour Kuwait after talks on oil production and debt repayment collapsed, sparking ...
02/08/2020
Gulf War | National Army Museum

On 2 August 1990 Iraq invaded its neighbour Kuwait after talks on oil production and debt repayment collapsed, sparking the outbreak of the Gulf War.

The largest single deployment of British troops since the Second World War, altogether around 35,000 British servicemen and women served in the campaign. As we look back after 30 years, what do you remember most vividly about the conflict? https://bit.ly/2BIUHBY

The war against Iraq in 1990-91 saw the largest single deployment of British troops since the Second World War. Altogether, about 35,000 British servicemen and women served in the campaign.

19th Century Hussar's uniform? Actually it was made for the shop Monsoon in 2017.Some interesting weekend reading for yo...
01/08/2020

19th Century Hussar's uniform? Actually it was made for the shop Monsoon in 2017.

Some interesting weekend reading for you: our curator Sophie Anderton has written a blog for our friends Cornwall's Regimental Museum about Hussars' influence on military–and mainstream–fashion:https://bit.ly/30eLPxh

In two week's time, on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, join historians from the National Museum of the Royal Navy, The R...
01/08/2020
Never Forgotten: The War in the Far East and in Modern Memory | National Army Museum

In two week's time, on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, join historians from the National Museum of the Royal Navy, The Royal Air Force Museum ( RAFM, R.A.F.M) and Commonwealth War Graves Commission with journalist and author Shrabani Basu, as they explore roles and experiences on land, sea and air during the Far East campaign, and examine how it is commemorated: bit.ly/33cqVRC. Part of our free series of events commemorating #VJDay75.

Join historians from the four VJ75 partner organisations as they explore the road to Victory over Japan and discuss how it is remembered in myth and memory.

Between 1849 and 1947, the frontier between north-west Pakistan and Afghanistan was the location for a series of punitiv...
01/08/2020
The North-West Frontier | National Army Museum

Between 1849 and 1947, the frontier between north-west Pakistan and Afghanistan was the location for a series of punitive expeditions by British-Indian forces against the fiercely independent tribes of this mountainous region.

In this article, we take a deep dive into the history and timeline of British forces involvement in the North-West frontier: bit.ly/3jXJvmr

Between 1849 and 1947, British and Indian soldiers undertook a series of punitive expeditions against the fiercely independent tribesmen of this wild and mountainous region.

From 1941 to 1945, British Commonwealth forces and their allies fought a bitter campaign against the Japanese in Asia. F...
31/07/2020

From 1941 to 1945, British Commonwealth forces and their allies fought a bitter campaign against the Japanese in Asia. From the jungles of Burma to the remote islands of the Pacific, they fought a tenacious enemy across challenging terrain.

To mark the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day, we're teaming up with National Museum of the Royal Navy, The Royal Air Force Museum ( RAFM, R.A.F.M) and Commonwealth War Graves Commission, to bring you a series of free online talks and events exploring the contributions of British Commonwealth forces and their allies during the Second World War's Far East Campaign.

Highlights of our #VJDay75 programme include a debate on the legacy of the campaign with historians from across the four organisations, soldiers' stories and live talks with historians James Holland, Robert Lyman, Yasmin Khan and Julie Summers. Register now: bit.ly/39xNtxh

National Army Museum's cover photo
31/07/2020

National Army Museum's cover photo

This poignant diary entry from Second Lieutenant James Lindsay Sutherland, 23rd Battalion The Middlesex Regiment, reads ...
31/07/2020

This poignant diary entry from Second Lieutenant James Lindsay Sutherland, 23rd Battalion The Middlesex Regiment, reads 'Cheerio everyone and don't worry. The Diehards are ok.'

This was sadly the final entry before he was killed in action at Pilckem Ridge at the start of the Battle of Passchendaele #OnThisDay in 1917

More info on this object from our online collection: bit.ly/3i0ZEGv

For the British and Commonwealth Army, the campaign in the Far East during the Second World War is a story of initial de...
31/07/2020
The Far East Campaign: Early Defeats - Crowdcast

For the British and Commonwealth Army, the campaign in the Far East during the Second World War is a story of initial defeat followed by ultimate victory.

Join curators Jasdeep Singh and Dr Peter Johnston from 12 today on Crowdcast for our latest free Friday talk, as they discuss the fall of Hong Kong and Singapore, and defeat in the first Burma campaign: https://bit.ly/2XdtPBI #VJDay75

Register now for National Army Museum's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Friday July 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm BST.

From 1941 to 1945, British Commonwealth forces and their allies fought a bitter campaign against the Japanese in Asia. F...
29/07/2020

From 1941 to 1945, British Commonwealth forces and their allies fought a bitter campaign against the Japanese in Asia. From the jungles of Burma to the remote islands of the Pacific, they fought a tenacious enemy across challenging terrain.

To mark the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day, we're teaming up with National Museum of the Royal Navy, The Royal Air Force Museum ( RAFM, R.A.F.M) and Commonwealth War Graves Commission, to bring you a series of free online talks and events exploring the contributions of British Commonwealth forces and their allies during the Second World War's Far East Campaign.

Highlights of our #VJDay75 programme include a debate on the legacy of the campaign with historians from across the four organisations, soldiers' stories and live talks with historians James Holland, Robert Lyman, Yasmin Khan and Julie Summers. Register now: bit.ly/39xNtxh

Do your kids or grandkids know the Den Commandments? Explore different ways to build your own den outside or inside, in ...
29/07/2020

Do your kids or grandkids know the Den Commandments? Explore different ways to build your own den outside or inside, in the first instalment of our family summer mission.

Check out our den building activity here bit.ly/39HIrhF and please share pictures of your own family's den with us 🏕 #SummerMission

In November 1940, the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (sharpshooters), received their first Cruiser tanks. In the second i...
25/07/2020

In November 1940, the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (sharpshooters), received their first Cruiser tanks.

In the second instalment of our series on Major 'Jimmy' Sale's photo series, tracking the unit through the War, we join them as they continue training in England and Wales prior to deployment: bit.ly/39sYmjL

This young man was captured in a moment of solitude on the Pembrokeshire coast:

#OnThisDay in 1940 the Local Defence Volunteers became the Home Guard. Catch up with our Assistant Director of Collectio...
23/07/2020

#OnThisDay in 1940 the Local Defence Volunteers became the Home Guard. Catch up with our Assistant Director of Collections Ian Maine as he chats to Stig Abell and Aasmah Mir on this morning's The Times Radio broadcast about 'Dad's Army' and this portrait: bit.ly/2ZQpYwa

More on the portrait: https://bit.ly/3hnvqfM

We're half way through the week and only two days to go until our next free online talk, this time with our Templer Stud...
22/07/2020
Ace of Spades: Australia's Flying Diggers - Crowdcast

We're half way through the week and only two days to go until our next free online talk, this time with our Templer Study Centre Manager, Rob Fleming.

Get signed up to learn about the formation and history of the Australian Flying Corps, and the 81 Airmen who earned the title of ‘ace’ during WW1 bit.ly/3h8X8wW

Register now for National Army Museum's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Friday July 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm BST.

Calling all adventurers, big and small! 🌿🌴🎒From camouflage to jungle survival, den building to outdoor games: download t...
22/07/2020

Calling all adventurers, big and small! 🌿🌴🎒

From camouflage to jungle survival, den building to outdoor games: download this year’s #SummerMission for lots of great kids' activities to kick off the summer holidays: bit.ly/2WM7FpP

22/07/2020
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#OnThisDay in 1812 Lieutenant General Arthur Wellesley, then Viscount Wellington, commanded British, Spanish and Portuguese forces at the Battle of Salamanca. One of his finest victories, it proved he was more than just a good defensive general. More on the battle, the peninsular war and Wellington vs Napoleon on our website: bit.ly/3fQUM50

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This tank was knocked out on the heights overlooking Termoli, Italy, on 6 October 1943. The crew members killed and buri...
20/07/2020

This tank was knocked out on the heights overlooking Termoli, Italy, on 6 October 1943. The crew members killed and buried nearby were Corporal D W H Daniels, aged 22, and Trooper J A Taylor, aged 20.

The moving photo was taken by Major Wilfred Herbert James 'Jimmy' Sale. It's one of over 5,000 photographs taken by Sale and his comrades over the course of the Second World War, charting the journey of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters).

Disregarding the ban on front line photography, Sale snapped anything and everything with a keen eye and considerable artistic skill as an unofficial unit photographer. His amazing portfolio records soldiers at work, rest and play, from training in England to on board ship to beyond, on campaign in North Africa and Europe. It is an invaluable research resource and one of the gems of our collection.

In the first of a three-part series on the odyssey of the Sharpshooters as told through Jimmy's photos, we join them as they train in the UK: https://bit.ly/30t2tbz

Our free lunchtime talks are still continuing online so get signed up ready for this week on Crowdcast. Tune in on Frida...
19/07/2020
Ace of Spades: Australia's Flying Diggers | National Army Museum

Our free lunchtime talks are still continuing online so get signed up ready for this week on Crowdcast. Tune in on Friday to hear our Study Centre Manager Rob Fleming explore the history of the Australian Flying Corps, and the role played by Australia’s ‘Aces of Spades’ in the First World War bit.ly/2ZyJpJB

Join Rob Fleming as he explores the history of the Australian Flying Corps and the role played by Australia’s ‘Aces of Spades’ in the First World War.

18/07/2020
Curator Holly Winter

Lilian 'Boss' Franklin OBE joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry in 1909, serving with distinction during the First World War.

In this video, Curator Holly Winter discusses Franklin's uniform in our collection, and her role in reforming the FANY bit.ly/3hdOQnt

The Siege of Musa Qala in Afghanistan began #OnThisDay in 2006, lasting 52 days. 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment,...
17/07/2020

The Siege of Musa Qala in Afghanistan began #OnThisDay in 2006, lasting 52 days.

1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, here firing mortar rounds at night, were part of a force relieving the besieged troops in August. Explore the stories behind this image and many others on our online collection: bit.ly/32qHqsM

More than a decade has passed since the final drawdown of the British military presence in southern Iraq.Join our direct...
15/07/2020
Holding the Line: Soldiering in South-Eastern Iraq | National Army Museum

More than a decade has passed since the final drawdown of the British military presence in southern Iraq.

Join our director, Brigadier Justin Maciejewski, online this Friday as he reflects on British Army operations in Basra, 2006-7, in our next free Friday talk: https://bit.ly/3h1yPRf

Join the Director of the National Army Museum, Brigadier JCW Maciejewski, as he talks about the experience of the 2 Rifles Battlegroup in Basra in 2006-07, the most intense period of the campaign in Iraq.

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Nearest tube: Sloane Square (district and circle line) Nearest mainland rail station: Victoria Station Buses: 11, 19, 22, 211 to King's Road, 137, 156, 360 to Pimlico Road, 170 stops outside the Museum

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The new National Army Museum explores the story of the British Army as an institution, its soldiers and its relationship with society and the world. The museum is open everyday from 10am-17:30pm, and entry is free. Explore five new permanent galleries called Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight, as well as the latest temporary exhibition and 0-8 soft play area Play Base.

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The National Army Museum is a leading authority on the British Army and its impact on society past and present. We examine the army's role as protector, aggressor and peacekeeper from the British Civil Wars to the modern day. Through our collections we preserve and share stories of ordinary people with extraordinary responsibilities. We explore the role of the army and its relevance today. We aim to be a first class museum that moves, inspires, challenges, educates and entertains. The National Army Museum is a fun, interactive space for all the family. Our engaging museum experience reaches out to all. We want to connect the British public with its army, regardless of age, gender, race and religion. The new National Army Museum is for everyone, no matter what they think about the British Army. So what's new? We now showcase the breadth and depth of our collections in new and engaging ways. We explore thoughts and ideas as well as real stories of real people. And we challenge the way people think about the British Army and their relationship with it. Find out more online www.nam.ac.uk

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