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Many thanks for your support. We're always open online:
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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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A special edition of #WhatIsItWednesday today, in honour of our reopening in one week's time (🙌), which we're really loo...
12/05/2021

A special edition of #WhatIsItWednesday today, in honour of our reopening in one week's time (🙌), which we're really looking forward to. Particularly because...

🥁🥁🥁

...we have a whole new gallery to show you!

You'll find this in there. Any guesses? Answers tomorrow.

A special edition of #WhatIsItWednesday today, in honour of our reopening in one week's time (🙌), which we're really looking forward to. Particularly because...

🥁🥁🥁

...we have a whole new gallery to show you!

You'll find this in there. Any guesses? Answers tomorrow.

76 years ago today, the nation celebrated #VEDay, marking the end of the Second World War in Europe. This is the Norther...
08/05/2021

76 years ago today, the nation celebrated #VEDay, marking the end of the Second World War in Europe. This is the Northern Italy edition of forces newspaper Union Jack, from that day: bit.ly/2Y1RoP3

76 years ago today, the nation celebrated #VEDay, marking the end of the Second World War in Europe. This is the Northern Italy edition of forces newspaper Union Jack, from that day: bit.ly/2Y1RoP3

Napoleon Bonaparte died #OnThisDay 200 years ago, while in exile on the island of Saint Helena. This pencil drawing by E...
05/05/2021

Napoleon Bonaparte died #OnThisDay 200 years ago, while in exile on the island of Saint Helena. This pencil drawing by Ensign Ward depicts Napoleon on his deathbed, the day after his death.

join historian Andrew Roberts in conversation with Professor Ali Ansari from 7 this evening as they discuss the life and legacy of Napoleon on the 200th anniversary of his death: bit.ly/3o1AjzX

Napoleon Bonaparte died #OnThisDay 200 years ago, while in exile on the island of Saint Helena. This pencil drawing by Ensign Ward depicts Napoleon on his deathbed, the day after his death.

join historian Andrew Roberts in conversation with Professor Ali Ansari from 7 this evening as they discuss the life and legacy of Napoleon on the 200th anniversary of his death: bit.ly/3o1AjzX

We’re very pleased to say that in line with Government guidelines, we’re planning to reopen the Museum from Wednesday, 1...
01/05/2021

We’re very pleased to say that in line with Government guidelines, we’re planning to reopen the Museum from Wednesday, 19 May, with measures in place so you can enjoy your experience here as safely as possible. Entry remains free, but please book. More: bit.ly/3gU3jrQ

We’re very pleased to say that in line with Government guidelines, we’re planning to reopen the Museum from Wednesday, 19 May, with measures in place so you can enjoy your experience here as safely as possible. Entry remains free, but please book. More: bit.ly/3gU3jrQ

It's #AnzacDay, the day when we remember the service and sacrifice of Australians and New Zealanders during military ope...
25/04/2021

It's #AnzacDay, the day when we remember the service and sacrifice of Australians and New Zealanders during military operations. This British Army article explores the day's history and significance, using some of our photos from the Gallipoli Campaign: bit.ly/3tPqDKV

It's #AnzacDay, the day when we remember the service and sacrifice of Australians and New Zealanders during military operations. This British Army article explores the day's history and significance, using some of our photos from the Gallipoli Campaign: bit.ly/3tPqDKV

What is everyday life like for a soldier serving in British Army? How much has this experience changed over time? We'll ...
23/04/2021
Redcoats to Tommies | National Army Museum

What is everyday life like for a soldier serving in British Army? How much has this experience changed over time? We'll be delving into this topic with several different researchers at our online event tomorrow. Join us, it's free: bit.ly/3tNupo2

Discover what military life was like for Britain’s soldiers from the 18th to the 20th century in this special symposium.

Happy St George's Day! This little figure of St George and the dragon comes from a cap badge of The Royal Regiment of Fu...
23/04/2021

Happy St George's Day! This little figure of St George and the dragon comes from a cap badge of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Ever wanted to know more about the history and designs of regimental badges? We've written a new article about that. Enjoy: bit.ly/2RZkpKn

Happy St George's Day! This little figure of St George and the dragon comes from a cap badge of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Ever wanted to know more about the history and designs of regimental badges? We've written a new article about that. Enjoy: bit.ly/2RZkpKn

How many cups have you had so far? Allow yourself one extra for #NationalTeaDay, you deserve it. Though possibly not as ...
21/04/2021

How many cups have you had so far? Allow yourself one extra for #NationalTeaDay, you deserve it. Though possibly not as much as 3rd County of London Yeomanry, 7th Armoured Division, enjoying a brew during the unit's journey across the desert by rail in 1942. Discover more about the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) during the war, and the unique photographic legacy of Major 'Jimmy' Sale: http://bit.ly/2QiToko

How many cups have you had so far? Allow yourself one extra for #NationalTeaDay, you deserve it. Though possibly not as much as 3rd County of London Yeomanry, 7th Armoured Division, enjoying a brew during the unit's journey across the desert by rail in 1942. Discover more about the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) during the war, and the unique photographic legacy of Major 'Jimmy' Sale: http://bit.ly/2QiToko

As HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is laid to rest today, we honour his example of strength and service, in particular his lif...
17/04/2021

As HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is laid to rest today, we honour his example of strength and service, in particular his lifelong support for, and involvement in, our Armed Forces. The Museum has been honoured to have his support.

In this portrait from our collection, he wears his uniform as Colonel-in-Chief of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.

Photolithograph after Leonard Boden, Solomon and Whitehead Ltd, 1959.
NAM. 2004-07-27-1

As HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is laid to rest today, we honour his example of strength and service, in particular his lifelong support for, and involvement in, our Armed Forces. The Museum has been honoured to have his support.

In this portrait from our collection, he wears his uniform as Colonel-in-Chief of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.

Photolithograph after Leonard Boden, Solomon and Whitehead Ltd, 1959.
NAM. 2004-07-27-1

#OnThisDay 80 years ago, The Chelsea Pensioners Infirmary was bombed, killing 13 people. The Museum now stands on the si...
16/04/2021

#OnThisDay 80 years ago, The Chelsea Pensioners Infirmary was bombed, killing 13 people. The Museum now stands on the site. To commemorate the lives lost and the bravery shown by many that night, a wreath was laid here today, with an Act of Remembrance given by Royal Hospital's Chaplain. A wreath was also laid on the Colonnade in the Hospital’s Figure Court.

More on the events of 16 April 1941: bit.ly/3gc1ypr

#OnThisDay 80 years ago, The Chelsea Pensioners Infirmary was bombed, killing 13 people. The Museum now stands on the site. To commemorate the lives lost and the bravery shown by many that night, a wreath was laid here today, with an Act of Remembrance given by Royal Hospital's Chaplain. A wreath was also laid on the Colonnade in the Hospital’s Figure Court.

More on the events of 16 April 1941: bit.ly/3gc1ypr

As a mark of respect following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the Museum will postpone this week’s public event...
10/04/2021

As a mark of respect following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the Museum will postpone this week’s public events, including Professor Murray Pittock’s talk, Great Battles: Culloden. We will look to reschedule this in the programme in the future.

We have had the honour of receiving the Duke at the Museum on several occasions. In this photograph, he was attending a 1971 preview of the Museum's new Chelsea site, before it opened that November.

As a mark of respect following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the Museum will postpone this week’s public events, including Professor Murray Pittock’s talk, Great Battles: Culloden. We will look to reschedule this in the programme in the future.

We have had the honour of receiving the Duke at the Museum on several occasions. In this photograph, he was attending a 1971 preview of the Museum's new Chelsea site, before it opened that November.

Our deepest condolences to HM The Queen, and all the Royal Family, on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. His life w...
09/04/2021

Our deepest condolences to HM The Queen, and all the Royal Family, on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. His life was an example of courage, leadership and steadfast service, to our Kingdom and to Her Majesty.

The Duke of Edinburgh has long been an inspirational figure to those serving in the British Armed Forces. A serving Naval officer during the 1940s and 50s, awarded for courage in World War Two, he later held Royal appointments in all three services including as Colonel in Chief to many regiments of Our Army. More on his military career: https://bit.ly/3uAlzd3

Image: Crown Copyright

Our deepest condolences to HM The Queen, and all the Royal Family, on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. His life was an example of courage, leadership and steadfast service, to our Kingdom and to Her Majesty.

The Duke of Edinburgh has long been an inspirational figure to those serving in the British Armed Forces. A serving Naval officer during the 1940s and 50s, awarded for courage in World War Two, he later held Royal appointments in all three services including as Colonel in Chief to many regiments of Our Army. More on his military career: https://bit.ly/3uAlzd3

Image: Crown Copyright

Anyone remember these?From 1991 Duncans of Scotland supplied around four million chocolate bars a year to British Army f...
04/04/2021

Anyone remember these?

From 1991 Duncans of Scotland supplied around four million chocolate bars a year to British Army for their ration packs. Whether you're overindulging in chocolate or not today, Happy Easter🍫

More on Duncans chocolate and the Army: bit.ly/3sCEWlj

Anyone remember these?

From 1991 Duncans of Scotland supplied around four million chocolate bars a year to British Army for their ration packs. Whether you're overindulging in chocolate or not today, Happy Easter🍫

More on Duncans chocolate and the Army: bit.ly/3sCEWlj

You and your kids can step behind the scenes at the National Army Museum next Friday with our online Archive Adventures....
03/04/2021
Archive Adventures Family Day | National Army Museum

You and your kids can step behind the scenes at the National Army Museum next Friday with our online Archive Adventures. Stories from the archive, a scavenger hunt and much more: bit.ly/3u5tT4u

Step behind the scenes at the National Army Museum with Archive Adventures, a live, free online workshop for children and their families.

We're taking a break from Friday talks for the Easter weekend, but join us next Wednesday evening for a special event wi...
02/04/2021
Capturing Conflict: George Butler | National Army Museum

We're taking a break from Friday talks for the Easter weekend, but join us next Wednesday evening for a special event with award winning artist, George Butler, as he talks about his work, including capturing the Army's response to Covid-19 for the Museum: bit.ly/3u75ZFE

Join award-winning artist George Butler as he discusses his career highlighting the stories of some of the world’s most evocative, unusual and occasionally misrepresented people and places.

140 years ago today, the peace treaty ending the Transvaal War was signed. Among many stories of conflicts in the region...
23/03/2021
Lost and found: A tale of two VCs | National Army Museum

140 years ago today, the peace treaty ending the Transvaal War was signed.

Among many stories of conflicts in the region at that time is that of a Victoria Cross that was won, lost, replaced, regained, lost again, and has now been finally reunited with its replacement at the Museum: bit.ly/3tRt92y

The medals of Private Francis Fitzpatrick, an Irish-born Victoria Cross hero, have recently been reunited at the National Army Museum after more than a century of separation.

'The Malabar's in 'arbour with the Jumner at 'er tail,An' the time-expired's waitin' of 'is orders for to sail.'This bea...
21/03/2021

'The Malabar's in 'arbour with the Jumner at 'er tail,
An' the time-expired's waitin' of 'is orders for to sail.'

This beautiful painting by Charles Parsons Knight is titled 'The Last of the Indian Troopships, HM Indian Troopship Malabar'.

'Malabar', mentioned mentioned in Rudyard Kipling's 'Troopin' (our army in the east)', was one of five purpose-built troopships paid for by the Indian Government and launched in 1866. Her sister-ships were called 'Crocodile', 'Euphrates', 'Jumna' and 'Serapis'. Each ship could transport a full battalion of infantry with its married families, or about 1,200 people and the ships were familiar to all who travelled to India in the late 19th century.

Read more on the Indian troopships: bit.ly/3tzZ9bm

#WorldPoetryDay

'The Malabar's in 'arbour with the Jumner at 'er tail,
An' the time-expired's waitin' of 'is orders for to sail.'

This beautiful painting by Charles Parsons Knight is titled 'The Last of the Indian Troopships, HM Indian Troopship Malabar'.

'Malabar', mentioned mentioned in Rudyard Kipling's 'Troopin' (our army in the east)', was one of five purpose-built troopships paid for by the Indian Government and launched in 1866. Her sister-ships were called 'Crocodile', 'Euphrates', 'Jumna' and 'Serapis'. Each ship could transport a full battalion of infantry with its married families, or about 1,200 people and the ships were familiar to all who travelled to India in the late 19th century.

Read more on the Indian troopships: bit.ly/3tzZ9bm

#WorldPoetryDay

19/03/2021
Foe to Friend: The Yellow Handbag

Do you know what a Yellow Handbag is?

If you do (and if you don't), catch up on our latest virtual tour of #FoeToFriend exhibition with Dr Peter Johnston, exploring what life in Germany was like for British troops and families: bit.ly/3vDXELh

18/03/2021
Army Life in Germany: Virtual Tour

More than a million British soldiers and their families have lived and served in Germany over the last 75 years. The everyday experiences of these people - whether at work, rest or play - is at the heart of our #FoeToFriend exhibition.

In this special virtual tour, the exhibition’s lead curator, Dr Peter Johnston, will talk you through some of the key objects that illustrate this story, from Soxmis cards to school uniforms, boiling vessels to yellow handbags. It will be a trip down memory lane for those who served, and an insight for those wanting to learn about this vital period of the Army’s recent history, it will provide an insight into the daily lives of soldiers serving with the British Army of the Rhine.

The tour will be available to watch on this page from 12pm (noon) on Thursday 18 March. It will last approximately 15 minutes and will be followed by a live Q&A session with Peter

The Polish soldiers, sailors and airmen who reached England and Scotland following the fall of both Poland and France we...
15/03/2021
Sikorski’s Tourists: The Polish Armed Forces in Britain, 1939-45 | National Army Museum

The Polish soldiers, sailors and airmen who reached England and Scotland following the fall of both Poland and France were an unexpected and exotic presence in wartime Britain. Join Jennifer Grant next Friday as she explores their experience in our next free Friday talk: bit.ly/3vvjTmo

Join Jennifer Grant in this online talk as she explores the relationship between the Polish and British armed forces during the Second World War.

14/03/2021
Foe to Friend: Wolfgang Meier

During the Cold War, British soldiers in Germany who were honing their skills on the Soltau-Lüneburg Training Area had an unlikely hero. Wolfgang Meier sold a selection of food and drink to hungry troops, with an uncanny knack for knowing just when and where to turn up with his famous van. Do you have any memories of Wolfgang?

🗓Tune in to our next and final virtual tour of #FoeToFriend exhibition here on Facebook at 12.00 this Thursday, as Dr Peter Johnston explores what life was like in Germany for soldiers and their families.

13/03/2021
Operation Science: Signals

It's #BritishScienceWeek, so our Family Learning Producer Emily has delved into our collection to explore the science of how British Army and Royal Corps of Signals used to send signals, using light ✨ in our next #OperationScience video.

Watch them all: bit.ly/2Or2BpZ

Contrary to what you might think, this isn't a photo of 'what happens when you've been in lockdown so long that things h...
06/03/2021

Contrary to what you might think, this isn't a photo of 'what happens when you've been in lockdown so long that things have got a bit weird, and you're desperate for hairdressers to reopen'.

What it actually is, is a photo of a 'line-crossing ceremony', on board HMT Orion in 1941. A line-crossing ceremony is a naval rite of passage for those who are crossing the Equator on board ship for the first time. It can include 'Father Neptune and his Royal Court', as presumably depicted here.

The moment of levity captured here is part of a vast collection of photographs compiled by Major 'Jimmy' Sale during the Second World War as the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) made their way around Britain, Africa and Europe. We follow their story on Orion, to Cape Town and then Aden, in installment 3 of our series on this collection: bit.ly/38gBAMy

Contrary to what you might think, this isn't a photo of 'what happens when you've been in lockdown so long that things have got a bit weird, and you're desperate for hairdressers to reopen'.

What it actually is, is a photo of a 'line-crossing ceremony', on board HMT Orion in 1941. A line-crossing ceremony is a naval rite of passage for those who are crossing the Equator on board ship for the first time. It can include 'Father Neptune and his Royal Court', as presumably depicted here.

The moment of levity captured here is part of a vast collection of photographs compiled by Major 'Jimmy' Sale during the Second World War as the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) made their way around Britain, Africa and Europe. We follow their story on Orion, to Cape Town and then Aden, in installment 3 of our series on this collection: bit.ly/38gBAMy

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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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