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Many thanks for your support. We're always open online: -Join us on Crowdcast for free talks and events with great speakers: http://crowdcast.io/nationalarmymuseum -Follow us here for updates and more on our #UnknownWarrior and #FoeToFriend exhibitions -Explore stories and collections on our website Established in 1960 by Royal Charter, the National Army Museum is the United Kingdom’s leading authority on the history and traditions of the British Army. It explores the impact that soldiers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth have had throughout the world, from the 17th century to the present day. Through its world-class collections, the Museum safeguards and shares the stories and values of ordinary people who have been called upon to bear extraordinary responsibilities on behalf of others.

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Did ​​​​​the end of the First World War really bring universal peace? It would appear that the 'war to end all wars' did...
18/01/2021
Illusions of Peace | National Army Museum

Did ​​​​​the end of the First World War really bring universal peace? It would appear that the 'war to end all wars' did nothing of the sort. Join us with some leading academics this weekend for a free two-day virtual conference that explores the 'Illusions of Peace' following the War.

Organised in partnership with The British Commission for Military History and The Western Front Association, the conference will include a keynote presentation from Eminent historian Professor Sir Hew Strachan. Take a look at our programme and book your place now: bit.ly/2XU38lA

Join us for a two-day virtual conference exploring the illusion that the end of the First World War delivered peace.

Trying Dry January? The Army has long recognised both the benefits and perils of alcohol consumption among troops, and A...
10/01/2021

Trying Dry January? The Army has long recognised both the benefits and perils of alcohol consumption among troops, and Army temperance societies had a long tradition of awarding medals for set periods of sobriety. Here's the story of Army temperance: bit.ly/38t8Fpd

Behind Commonwealth War Graves Commission's monuments lies a deeply moving story, which chronicles a generation coming t...
07/01/2021
Empires of the Dead | National Army Museum

Behind Commonwealth War Graves Commission's monuments lies a deeply moving story, which chronicles a generation coming to terms with grief on a colossal scale. Join David Crane tomorrow at 12 for the first of our free online talks of 2021 as he explores the story of WW1's war graves: bit.ly/38jCrN4

Join David Crane online as he discusses the forgotten story behind the making of the cemeteries of the First World War.

07/01/2021
Online learning resources from the National Army Museum

Now that #homeschooling is back, you may want to take a look at our online learning resources for parents and teachers. From at-home-challenges to crafts and videos, our resources offer an absorbing way to engage with the Army's past and present: bit.ly/38jHa1b

In our final #TwelveTalksOfXmas look back at online talks we staged last year, we join Robert Johnson discussing his res...
05/01/2021

In our final #TwelveTalksOfXmas look back at online talks we staged last year, we join Robert Johnson discussing his research on T E Lawrence's ('of Arabia') ideas on warfare: bit.ly/3h8hjfl

Thanks for joining us as we've experimented and learned with this format. We've got lots more planned for this year so keep an eye on our events listings.

During the Boer War), around 2,000 soldiers were evacuated back to Britain and another 5,000 classed as unfit for duty i...
04/01/2021

During the Boer War), around 2,000 soldiers were evacuated back to Britain and another 5,000 classed as unfit for duty in the field owing to dental health issues. With dental care becoming increasingly sophisticated, dentists were eventually formed into a distinct service within the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), which was formed #OnThisDay in 1901. More on the history of RAMC: bit.ly/35ciwhc (photo shows Captain Rushby practising dentistry on a patient in the front line, Tunisia, February 1943)

Join Rory Cormac in today's #TwelveTalksOfXmas as we look back at his and curator Peter Johnston's June discussion on th...
04/01/2021

Join Rory Cormac in today's #TwelveTalksOfXmas as we look back at his and curator Peter Johnston's June discussion on the story of the UK’s use of spies and special forces to interfere in the affairs of other nations: bit.ly/3nAdJ02

Curators Peter Johnston and Jasdeep Singh take a look at objects from our collections to understand reasons behind the d...
03/01/2021

Curators Peter Johnston and Jasdeep Singh take a look at objects from our collections to understand reasons behind the dramatic early defeats suffered by British and Commonwealth forces in Burma during the Second World War, in today's #TwelveTalksOfXmas bit.ly/3rjXgiM

Back in October we were pleased to host Jason Fox and Michael Coates as they chatted about Jason's experiences and the t...
02/01/2021

Back in October we were pleased to host Jason Fox and Michael Coates as they chatted about Jason's experiences and the tools he's built to grow inner strength and conquer life's challenges. Watch now in today's #TwelveTalksOfXmas talk: bit.ly/3nDXv6g

Happy New Year! How about getting creative in 2021? Learn about storytelling through photography in today's #TwelveTalks...
01/01/2021

Happy New Year! How about getting creative in 2021? Learn about storytelling through photography in today's #TwelveTalksOfXmas could be for you, as @racfleming looks through our photographic archive with Army and the Arts from Army at the Fringe in August... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqpodohsZ-I

This year we were proud to produce two virtual festivals with The Royal Air Force Museum ( RAFM, R.A.F.M) and National M...
31/12/2020

This year we were proud to produce two virtual festivals with The Royal Air Force Museum ( RAFM, R.A.F.M) and National Museum of the Royal Navy for #VEDay75 and #VJDay75. For today's #TwelveTalksOfXmas, historians from each museum debate land, sea and air roles in the Far East Campaign: bit.ly/3pbwsiX

In today's #TwelveTalksOfXmas talk, Julie Summers and Geoff Gill talk with curator Emma Mawdsley on the experiences of p...
30/12/2020

In today's #TwelveTalksOfXmas talk, Julie Summers and Geoff Gill talk with curator Emma Mawdsley on the experiences of prisoners of war involved in building the infamous Burma Railway. This talk was originally part of our #VJDay75 virtual festival. bit.ly/38txBLW

By the end of the Second World War, the British Indian Army consisted of 2.5 million men. Join Peter Johnston and Tarak ...
29/12/2020

By the end of the Second World War, the British Indian Army consisted of 2.5 million men. Join Peter Johnston and Tarak Barkawi as they explore what motivated these troops to fight in Burma in today's #TwelveTalksOfXmas from our #VJDay75 festival: bit.ly/2WxhRlC

In today's #TwelveTalksOfXmas talk, we bring you back to June, when James Holland and Peter Johnston sat down to explore...
28/12/2020

In today's #TwelveTalksOfXmas talk, we bring you back to June, when James Holland and Peter Johnston sat down to explore D-Day and the Battle for France: bit.ly/34PxycD

On the third day of Christmas we revisit our #VEDay75 virtual festival and bring you Peter Johnston and Jonathan Fennell...
27/12/2020

On the third day of Christmas we revisit our #VEDay75 virtual festival and bring you Peter Johnston and Jonathan Fennell as they discuss the history of British and Commonwealth armies in the Second World War: bit.ly/3rpS4Kz
#TwelveTalksofXmas

This year we were proud to partner with The Royal Air Force Museum ( RAFM, R.A.F.M) and National Museum of the Royal Nav...
26/12/2020

This year we were proud to partner with The Royal Air Force Museum ( RAFM, R.A.F.M) and National Museum of the Royal Navy on our #VEDay75 #VJDay75 festivals. For the second day of Christmas we bring you curator Peter Johnston and historian James Holland, discussing Why the Allies Won, from #VEDay75: bit.ly/3gVxRqQ

#TwelveTalksOfXmas

🎶 On the first day of Christmas, the Museum gave to me 🎶...Michael Morpurgo and Tom Clohosy Cole discussing the new illu...
25/12/2020

🎶 On the first day of Christmas, the Museum gave to me 🎶

...Michael Morpurgo and Tom Clohosy Cole discussing the new illustrated edition of War Horse:
bit.ly/2J1QCws

Join us daily for the #TwelveTalksOfXmas as we share some highlights from 2020's virtual programme.

It's been quite a year hasn't it? We're off now for some R&R (we hope you get a chance for some too), so apart from shar...
24/12/2020

It's been quite a year hasn't it? We're off now for some R&R (we hope you get a chance for some too), so apart from sharing our #TwelveTalksOfXmas from tomorrow, we're going to go quiet here until 2021. Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, with thanks for your support. bit.ly/3mHmAfk

24/12/2020
Operation Science: Supply Drop

Have you sent anyone you're separated from gifts to cheer them up this Christmas? In our latest Operation Science video for families, join Learning Producer Emily as she explores how soldiers have received treats and supplies in the past.

Make your own gift tins and parachutes: bit.ly/3nKqaqj

It's that time of year again🎄📺 we know you've been eagerly anticipating our annual trawl of the UK TV listings, because ...
23/12/2020

It's that time of year again🎄📺 we know you've been eagerly anticipating our annual trawl of the UK TV listings, because nothing is more this-time-of-year than a good classic war film.

Do check as listings are subject to change, and if we've missed any, please reply with them.

#OnThisDay 25 years ago, HQ ARRC (Nato's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps) deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina as part of the Impl...
20/12/2020

#OnThisDay 25 years ago, HQ ARRC (Nato's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps) deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina as part of the Implementation Force. British soldiers based in Germany were regularly engaged in the Balkans in the 1990s: this 1996 bulletin is in our #FoeToFriend exhibition.

19/12/2020
Buried Among Kings: David Railton's Flag

Our exhibition, Buried Among Kings: The Story of the Unknown Warrior, features one of the Union Flags used by Army Chaplain David Railton as a funeral pall and altar cloth during WW1. Inspired by Railton's letters, this film by Squeaky Pedal explores the flags' significance.

It was Railton who suggested the idea of the #UnknownWarrior a century ago. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, you can't currently visit the exhibition. However, you can explore the full story of the burial of the #UnknownWarrior at Westminster Abbey on our website: bit.ly/31DJwV2

Over the course of the First World War, around 210,000 Irish men and 100s of Irish women served in the British Armed For...
18/12/2020
The Disparity of Sacrifice | National Army Museum

Over the course of the First World War, around 210,000 Irish men and 100s of Irish women served in the British Armed Forces, the vast majority in the Army. Join Dr Tim Bowman at 12.00pm on our Crowdcast as he discusses WW1 Irish recruitment to the British Army: bit.ly/38iy9EB

Join Dr Tim Bowman in this online talk as he discusses Irish recruitment to the British Army during the First World War.

🚨 Today's the LAST DAY for Christmas orders from our online shop🚨Our Escape Maps range make the perfect presents for mil...
15/12/2020

🚨 Today's the LAST DAY for Christmas orders from our online shop🚨

Our Escape Maps range make the perfect presents for military history nuts. From wallets to bow ties, all items incorporate real old silk Escape and Evade maps. Check them out before it's too late! bit.ly/2JU1ugr
#ShopMuseums

14/12/2020

Following the latest government restrictions due to Covid-19, the Museum must sadly now remain temporarily closed until further notice. Keep an eye on our website and here for information on reopening dates, which we’ll share when we can. Thanks for your support.

🎄Only one day to go before our online shopping deadline for Christmas presents! So make sure you order today or tomorrow...
13/12/2020

🎄Only one day to go before our online shopping deadline for Christmas presents! So make sure you order today or tomorrow.

Give a child in your life some Christmas cheer with these beautiful wooden toy instruments or some of our other great toys and kits🥁🧸: bit.ly/2Ki8wes

🎁 Only 2 more days left to order in time for Christmas from the online shop! Exclusively designed for the Museum, our Ar...
12/12/2020

🎁 Only 2 more days left to order in time for Christmas from the online shop! Exclusively designed for the Museum, our Army Slang range is perfect for those who like 'thingumajigs', enjoy a 'brew' or want to 'crash out' in comfort: bit.ly/3oITspb #ShopMuseums

12/12/2020
#OperationScience: Body Armour

What weighs the same as 580 teabags but is definitely more practical in battle? When can armour be soft? And what on earth is Ooblek? Watch along with your kids and find out with Emily, our Learning Producer, as she shares some of the science behind body armour in our latest #OperationScience video 🔬⛑ bit.ly/3m9Uj0G

Today marks the 175th anniversary of an event that signalled the beginning of the First Sikh War. #OnThisDay in 1845, th...
11/12/2020
First Sikh War | National Army Museum

Today marks the 175th anniversary of an event that signalled the beginning of the First Sikh War. #OnThisDay in 1845, the Khalsa–the Sikh Army– crossed the Sutlej River into British territory.

Why did they do this, and what happened after? Read more 👉 bit.ly/3m9YRnF

In 1845-46, the British fought a war against the Sikh Empire in the Punjab. After several bitterly fought battles, the conflict ended with the British taking partial control of the Sikh territories.

Join David Hammond tomorrow at midday as he explores the role of British Army music between the two world wars. Uncover ...
10/12/2020
British Army Music in the Interwar Years | National Army Museum

Join David Hammond tomorrow at midday as he explores the role of British Army music between the two world wars. Uncover the extensive contribution made by this body of musicians, both to the music industry and to the effectiveness of Army operations. Book now: bit.ly/38sM5gT

David Hammond explores the role and influence, both cultural and military, of British Army music between the two world wars.

Join David Hammond for next Friday's lunchtime talk, as he explores the role and influence of British Army music between...
05/12/2020
British Army Music in the Interwar Years | National Army Museum

Join David Hammond for next Friday's lunchtime talk, as he explores the role and influence of British Army music between the two world wars. There has been little acknowledgement of the contribution made by this body of musicians, but Hammond will show how Army music set the standard for training and performance. Book your free online ticket now: bit.ly/38sM5gT

David Hammond explores the role and influence, both cultural and military, of British Army music between the two world wars.

05/12/2020
Opel Senator car lifted into the building

Luckily, unlike our Opel Senator car here, you can enter the building through the front door! If you're in the area, why not book a free ticket and head to the Museum on your first post-lockdown weekend and see our #FoeToFriend exhibition, where you can see the car and much more. The exhibition is about British Army in Germany after 1945. This modified car was used for surveillance during BRIXMIS, the British Commanders’-in-Chief Mission to the Soviet Forces in Germany. Find out more about more on British troops in Germany and the Cold War here: bit.ly/34gSGqY

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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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