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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

Operating as usual

Ever drunk in a pub called the Marquis of Granby? There are currently 21 of them, so named because Granby, a celebrated ...
18/10/2020
Marquess of Granby: The benevolent soldier | National Army Museum

Ever drunk in a pub called the Marquis of Granby? There are currently 21 of them, so named because Granby, a celebrated 18th Century Army commander, helped some soldiers become publicans upon discharge. #OnThisDay, the 250th anniversary of his death, we look at the life and legacy of John Manners, Marquess of Granby: popular soldier and troubled politician: bit.ly/37pHw6e

Lieutenant-General John Manners, Marquess of Granby, acquired his reputation for courage and leadership during the Seven Years War. His popularity was also founded upon his well-known generosity and concern for the welfare of his men.

#OnThisDay in 1777 General Sir John Burgoyne was forced to surrender at Saratoga during the American War of Independence...
17/10/2020

#OnThisDay in 1777 General Sir John Burgoyne was forced to surrender at Saratoga during the American War of Independence. Burgoyne had lost many of his best officers, and only 3,500 of the 10,000 British and German soldiers who had marched from Canada were still fit for duty. This significant defeat had far reaching consequences, helping to persuade the French to enter the war on the side of the Americans.

Learn more about key battles from this period on our website: bit.ly/2XqhUmi

Not long to go until today's lunchtime talk! Book now to hear Barry Renfrew uncover the stories and experiences of the o...
16/10/2020
Britain's Black Regiments: Fighting for Empire and Equality | National Army Museum

Not long to go until today's lunchtime talk! Book now to hear Barry Renfrew uncover the stories and experiences of the often overlooked West Indian soldiers who served in the British Army. Limited in venue tickets, or watch online on Crowdcast: bit.ly/2SmHoMf

Join Barry Renfrew as he shines a light on the experiences of West Indian soldiers who served in the British Army.

Another 'prop or not?' for you to puzzle over. Which of these message capsules designed to be carried by pigeons is the ...
15/10/2020

Another 'prop or not?' for you to puzzle over. Which of these message capsules designed to be carried by pigeons is the real First World War object, and which is a prop from Disney's new film, The King's Man, which you can see here in #TheKingsManExperience? Have a guess and check back tomorrow to find out....

It's #MuseumPassion day, and as we mark our 60th anniversary, we'd like to take a  look back at some of our best exhibit...
15/10/2020
A history of the National Army Museum in ten exhibitions | National Army Museum

It's #MuseumPassion day, and as we mark our 60th anniversary, we'd like to take a look back at some of our best exhibitions. An exhibition is a product of the passion and professionalism of museum staff, and a memorable one can inspire #MuseumPassion in visitors too. Which do you remember the most? http://bit.ly/3k3Jc90

Since 1960, the National Army Museum has been exhibiting items that reveal the achievements, history and traditions of the Army. Here, we take a look at some stand-out displays from the past six decades.

Nurse Edith Cavell was executed #OnThisDay in 1915 for assisting allied soldiers in escaping from German occupied-Belgiu...
12/10/2020

Nurse Edith Cavell was executed #OnThisDay in 1915 for assisting allied soldiers in escaping from German occupied-Belgium. Celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers on both sides of the war, her death caused worldwide outrage and prompted the creation of Allied propaganda such as this postcard from our collection: bit.ly/3cAywMq

Thousands of West Indian soldiers have fought and died for Britain throughout history. Uncover their stories and experie...
11/10/2020
Britain's Black Regiments: Fighting for Empire and Equality | National Army Museum

Thousands of West Indian soldiers have fought and died for Britain throughout history. Uncover their stories and experiences with Barry Renfrew in this week's free talk as he discusses his new book, 'Britain's Back Regiments: Fighting for Empire and Equality'. Book your ticket here: bit.ly/2SmHoMf

Join Barry Renfrew as he shines a light on the experiences of West Indian soldiers who served in the British Army.

Today is the last day to catch up on military history events from #ChelseaHistoryFest. Hear Professor John Morrill as he...
11/10/2020
Oliver Cromwell: A General with a Very Distinctive Sense of Honour - Crowdcast

Today is the last day to catch up on military history events from #ChelseaHistoryFest. Hear Professor John Morrill as he explores Oliver Cromwell and his own highly distinctive sense of ‘honour’ that set him apart from others: bit.ly/3jhEILU

Register now for National Army Museum's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Saturday September 26, 2020 at 1:30 pm BST.

Join us online for a free screening of #CombatStress100, a unique film that shares stories of 8 military veterans; the c...
11/10/2020

Join us online for a free screening of #CombatStress100, a unique film that shares stories of 8 military veterans; the camaraderie of basic training, frontline combat, the devastating impact of PTSD, and their enduring strength to rebuild their lives.

The film, which commemorates the centenary of the charity Combat Stress, will be followed by a live Q & A hosted by Age Exchange Artistic Director David Savill. Panellists include Combat Stress Chief Executive, Sue Freeth, and veterans from the British Army and Royal Navy who took part in the filming.

Join us online Wednesday 4 November, 6.30pm. Book now: bit.ly/2SFkf81

In partnership with Combat Stress, Age Exchange & National Museum of the Royal Navy

Catch up with the #ChelseaHistoryFest free until October 11. Hear Helen Fry explore the branch of military intelligence ...
10/10/2020
MI9: A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in World War Two - Crowdcast

Catch up with the #ChelseaHistoryFest free until October 11. Hear Helen Fry explore the branch of military intelligence that helped Allied fighters who were trapped behind enemy lines: MI9. Watch now for tales of secret agents and resistance fighters: bit.ly/34dk9ts

Register now for National Army Museum's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Saturday September 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm BST.

We're pleased to have our friend Jason Fox back with us to talk with Michael Coates, about Jason's psychological battles...
10/10/2020
Life Under Fire | National Army Museum

We're pleased to have our friend Jason Fox back with us to talk with Michael Coates, about Jason's psychological battles and how to build the strength and resilience of an elite soldier. Book now to join us, in person or online bit.ly/2GKbNBR #WorldMentalHealthDay

Jason Fox, veteran of the Special Boat Service, reflects on his military operations and explores how anyone can build the strength and resilience of an elite soldier.

1.5 million Indians fought with the British in the First World War. Join George Morton-Jack as he explores personal stor...
10/10/2020
The Indian Empire at War: From Jihad to Victory, The Untold Story of the Indian Army in the First World War - Crowdcast

1.5 million Indians fought with the British in the First World War. Join George Morton-Jack as he explores personal stories of Indian and British soldiers who fought side-by-side from 1914 to 1918 in this #ChelseaHistoryFest event. Catch up free until Oct 11: bit.ly/30k9qwf

Register now for National Army Museum's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Friday September 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm BST.

Visit us this half-term for free fun family activities in a Covid-secure environment. The kids can give coding a go with...
10/10/2020

Visit us this half-term for free fun family activities in a Covid-secure environment. The kids can give coding a go with our robot challenge, or learn about some of the weirder bits of history as you explore the science behind unusual inventions from the First World War. Book now: bit.ly/33bfclU

Join The Chelsea Pensioners as they tell first hand stories of what it was like living through bombing raids on the UK, ...
09/10/2020
Chelsea Pensioners in Conversation: Memories of The Blitz - Crowdcast

Join The Chelsea Pensioners as they tell first hand stories of what it was like living through bombing raids on the UK, marking 80 years since the beginning of the Blitz. Catch up on this #ChelseaHistoryFest event free online until October 11: bit.ly/30jtGOG

Register now for National Army Museum's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Sunday September 20, 2020 at 1:30 pm BST.

Just two days until this week's free lunchtime talk. Book now to hear Dr Caroline Sharples as she explores the Belsen Tr...
07/10/2020
Confronting the Holocaust: Britain and the Belsen Trial, 1945 | National Army Museum

Just two days until this week's free lunchtime talk. Book now to hear Dr Caroline Sharples as she explores the Belsen Trial of 1945, and the testimonies of British soldiers who were involved in the liberation of the concentration camp. Online and limited in venue tickets available: bit.ly/2GvE7Ya

Caroline Sharples discusses the Belsen Trial of 1945 and the role that British forces played in the proceedings.

Catch up with military history events from the #ChelseaHistoryFest free until October 11. Hear Andrew Roberts examine th...
07/10/2020
Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History - Crowdcast

Catch up with military history events from the #ChelseaHistoryFest free until October 11. Hear Andrew Roberts examine the careers of nine major wartime leaders throughout history. From Napoleon to Thatcher, uncover what qualities lead to victory: bit.ly/33dgFrF

Register now for National Army Museum's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Thursday September 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm BST.

Prop or not? Who can tell which of these morse code telegraphy sets is the real deal and which is a prop from #TheKingsM...
07/10/2020

Prop or not?

Who can tell which of these morse code telegraphy sets is the real deal and which is a prop from #TheKingsManExperience? Reply with your answer we'll reveal the answer tomorrow, with some more intriguing context...

(Get it? Intriguing? intrigue, codes, espionage? ...we'll get our coats.)

Play Base is back! Our fun, immersive experience for kids has reopened with limited capacity and enhanced cleaning measu...
06/10/2020

Play Base is back! Our fun, immersive experience for kids has reopened with limited capacity and enhanced cleaning measures to ensure it's Covid-safe. Find out more and book, so the little ones in your life can command the cookhouse and ace the assault course again: bit.ly/2GwCxFR

Catch up with the #ChelseaHistoryFest free until October 11. Join leading human rights barrister Philippe Sands with Jam...
06/10/2020
The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive - Crowdcast

Catch up with the #ChelseaHistoryFest free until October 11. Join leading human rights barrister Philippe Sands with James Holland to delve into a world of spies and mystery, as they uncover the truth about the fate of Nazi fugitive Otto von Wächter: bit.ly/2S9qdh3

Register now for National Army Museum's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Sunday September 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm BST.

An expert panel including Helen Fry and Dr David Abrutat explore the history of Bletchley Park and intelligence in WWII....
05/10/2020
Bletchley Park and the History of Intelligence - Crowdcast

An expert panel including Helen Fry and Dr David Abrutat explore the history of Bletchley Park and intelligence in WWII. With an introduction from Bletchley Park's research historian Dr David Kenyon, catch up on this #ChelseaHistoryFest event now: bit.ly/3kTWJAf

Register now for Chelsea History Festival's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Wednesday September 23, 2020 at 6:00 pm BST.

Book now for this Friday to hear Dr Caroline Sharples discuss the Belsen Trial of 1945, and uncover the challenges that ...
04/10/2020
Confronting the Holocaust: Britain and the Belsen Trial, 1945 | National Army Museum

Book now for this Friday to hear Dr Caroline Sharples discuss the Belsen Trial of 1945, and uncover the challenges that British soldiers faced as they discovered the truth about what had occurred inside the concentration camp. Online and limited in venue tickets available: bit.ly/2GvE7Ya

Caroline Sharples discusses the Belsen Trial of 1945 and the role that British forces played in the proceedings.

The King's Man
04/10/2020

The King's Man

Can't wait for #TheKingsMan? Take a trip down to National Army Museum and be immersed in #TheKingsManExperience to uncover the origins of the most British of organisations bit.ly/TheKingsManExperience

Conquerors. Occupiers. Allies. Friends. The British Army’s relationship with Germany since 1945 has certainly been compl...
04/10/2020
Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945 - Crowdcast

Conquerors. Occupiers. Allies. Friends. The British Army’s relationship with Germany since 1945 has certainly been complex. Hear Caroline Wyatt chair an expert panel including Dr Peter Johnston & General Richard Shirreff in this event from the #ChelseaHistoryFest: bit.ly/3iecEYm #FoeToFriend

Register now for Chelsea History Festival's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Thursday September 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm BST.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Germany's reunification. Through the second half of the last century, British troops...
03/10/2020
Active Edge: The Army, Germany and the Cold War | National Army Museum

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Germany's reunification. Through the second half of the last century, British troops were a continual presence in West Germany; a force to counter the perceived Soviet threat as part of NATO: bit.ly/34gSGqY #FoeToFriend #Germany30

In 1945, British troops occupied Germany alongside their wartime Soviet allies. But growing East-West tensions soon evolved into the Cold War. For the next four decades, soldiers in Germany prepared to face an attack by the Warsaw Pact.

Catch up with the #ChelseaHistoryFest free until October 11. Hear historian Saul David examine one of the bloodiest enga...
03/10/2020
Crucible of Hell: Okinawa - The Last Great Battle of the Second World War - Crowdcast

Catch up with the #ChelseaHistoryFest free until October 11. Hear historian Saul David examine one of the bloodiest engagements of WWII: the Battle of Okinawa, and uncover how the horror of one battle influenced the decision to drop the atom bomb: bit.ly/347pT8i

Register now for Chelsea History Festival's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Wednesday September 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm BST.

Over a million British soldiers have lived and served in Germany over the past 75 years. Why were they there? What were ...
02/10/2020
The Army and the occupation of Germany | National Army Museum

Over a million British soldiers have lived and served in Germany over the past 75 years. Why were they there? What were they doing there? From 'de-nazification' to dealing with millions of displaced people in a ruined country, the story begins with the formation of the British Army of the Rhine: bit.ly/2GpJEj7
#FoeToFriend

Following their victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, the Allies were faced with administering a country in ruins. British soldiers had a leading role in this, helping to hunt war criminals, rebuild industry and help displaced persons.

Catch up with the #ChelseaHistoryFest free until October 11. Hear Dr Tony Insall explore how British agents developed li...
02/10/2020
Secret Alliances: British Special Operations and Intelligence in Norway, 1940-45 - Crowdcast

Catch up with the #ChelseaHistoryFest free until October 11. Hear Dr Tony Insall explore how British agents developed links with their Norwegian counterparts, leading to one of the most successful resistance movements of WWII: bit.ly/349LKf3

Register now for Chelsea History Festival's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Friday September 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm BST.

Catch up with the #ChelseaHistoryFest free until October 11. Discover the life of Agent Sonya, one of the greatest spies...
01/10/2020
Agent Sonya: Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy with Ben Macintyre - Crowdcast

Catch up with the #ChelseaHistoryFest free until October 11. Discover the life of Agent Sonya, one of the greatest spies of the 20th century as her story is told for the first time by bestselling author Ben Macintyre: bit.ly/34fapiG

Register now for Chelsea History Festival's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Friday September 25, 2020 at 7:30 pm BST.

We all love a hot cup of coffee, and we certainly think these Canadian soldiers look happy to have a mug in their hands ...
01/10/2020

We all love a hot cup of coffee, and we certainly think these Canadian soldiers look happy to have a mug in their hands as they take a break from their duties on the Somme front in 1916 ☕ More info on this photo from our collection: bit.ly/2RXpsru
#WorldCoffeeDay

We've all heard of famous war poets such as Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, but during war many soldiers turn their ...
01/10/2020

We've all heard of famous war poets such as Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, but during war many soldiers turn their hand to poetry either for themselves or in letters home to loved ones. This #NationalPoetryDay we'd like to highlight this moving poem from Gunner John West, 80th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery, to his wife entitled 'Fare Thee Well'.
More information from our online collection: bit.ly/3mRarWb

Still time to book tickets for this Friday's free lunchtime talk. Join us to hear historian Colonel Nick Lipscombe discu...
30/09/2020
Mapping the English Civil War | National Army Museum

Still time to book tickets for this Friday's free lunchtime talk. Join us to hear historian Colonel Nick Lipscombe discuss his new book on the English Civil War. Remaining the deadliest conflict ever fought on British soil, Lipscombe's book combines the latest research with over 150 maps to offer a valuable insight into this revolutionary period in our history. Online and limited in venue tickets available: bit.ly/3mL3HsV

Colonel Nick Lipscombe discusses his new book, an atlas and concise history of the civil wars fought across the British Isles between 1639 and 1651.

Immerse yourself in #TheKingsManExperience and explore how Disney's upcoming WW1 film brings to life concepts of war, es...
30/09/2020

Immerse yourself in #TheKingsManExperience and explore how Disney's upcoming WW1 film brings to life concepts of war, espionage and bravery.

See props and costumes from the movie, then discover genuine related stories in our galleries. Book a free ticket: bit.ly/3b0kCT6

Catch up with #ChelseaHistoryFest free online  until October 11. Hear James Holland  in conversation with our own Dr Pet...
30/09/2020
Sicily 43: The First Assault on Fortress Europe - Crowdcast

Catch up with #ChelseaHistoryFest free online until October 11. Hear James Holland in conversation with our own Dr Peter Johnston as he shares his new research into Operation Husky, the campaign that signalled the beginning of the end of WW2: bit.ly/339nZoi

Register now for Chelsea History Festival's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Sunday September 27, 2020 at 6:00 pm BST.

Join us for this Friday's free lunchtime talk to hear Colonel Nick Lipscombe discuss his new book on the deadliest confl...
28/09/2020
Mapping the English Civil War | National Army Museum

Join us for this Friday's free lunchtime talk to hear Colonel Nick Lipscombe discuss his new book on the deadliest conflict ever fought on British soil: the English Civil War. Bringing together the latest research on the subject alongside 150 maps, it offers a complete picture of this revolutionary period in our history.
Online and limited in venue tickets available: bit.ly/3mL3HsV

Colonel Nick Lipscombe discusses his new book, an atlas and concise history of the civil wars fought across the British Isles between 1639 and 1651.

The Nine Years War began #OnThisDay in 1688, with British soldiers joining the European alliance against French expansio...
27/09/2020
Nine Years War | National Army Museum

The Nine Years War began #OnThisDay in 1688, with British soldiers joining the European alliance against French expansionism. Learn more about the conflict and how it played out in the British Isles: bit.ly/2HtPYGU

Between 1689 and 1697, British soldiers joined a European alliance against French expansionism. At the same time, extensive fighting took place in Scotland and Ireland between the supporters of King William III and the deposed James II.

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Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea
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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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