World Wars, 1905-1945

Permanent exhibition

This gallery explores the role of the British Commonwealth's civilian armies and their defence of democracy during the First and Second World Wars, the era of 'Total War'

Changing the World 1784-1904

Permanent exhibition

This gallery examines the British Army's role in the expansion and defence of British trade, political interest, and empire, and its effect on the shape of Britain and the world today

Kids' Zone

Permanent exhibition

This colourful children's play area explores aspects of army life from camping to clothing and includes a dedicated soft-play space for babies, plus arts and crafts, dressing-up costumes, books,...

The World's Army – Empire, Commonwealth and Dominion Soldiers

Permanent exhibition

Explore the lives of people from around the world involved in the First and Second World Wars and the great advance made in technologies of warfare in our family interactive zone

Victorian Soldier Action Zone

Permanent exhibition

Are you a drummer boy, an infantryman or a cavalry officer? Find out in the Museum's interactive Victorian Action Zone. Quizzes, games and hands-on activities help you learn about life as a Victorian...

Korea 1950 – 53: The Cold War's Hot War

Permanent exhibition

Examine the role of the British Army during the first and only UN war to date. Mixing personal objects and artefacts from the Museum's collection with contemporary media reports

The Making of Britain Display

Permanent exhibition

Investigate the Army's role in creating and defending the nation state of Great Britain we know today

National Service Display

Permanent exhibition

Explore the contribution of Britain's post-war national service conscripts as they moved from civilian to soldier. Personal stories of endless drilling and grueling inspections are contrasted with...

Conflicts of Interest

Permanent exhibition

Looking beyond the media headlines, explore the conflicting interests of enforcing peace through a violent means, balancing global security with the needs of vulnerable communities and the demands of...

World Wars, 1905-1945

Permanent exhibition

Explore the role of the British Commonwealth's civilian armies and their defence of democracy during the First and Second World Wars, the era of 'Total War'

Changing the World 1784 – 1904

Permanent exhibition

Examining the British Army's role in expansion and defence of British trade, political interest, and empire, and its effect on the shape of Britain and the world today

Kids' Zone

Permanent exhibition

Discover the Museum’s new soft-play area, with forest and arctic themed climbing frames for kids to scale, slide and run through. This colourful children's play area explores aspects of army life...

Far East prisoner-of-war memoirs

Event on 19.01.2018 11:30

This talk will consider the memoirs of British prisoners of war of the Japanese - known as Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOWs) - and how their recollections may have been reshaped and distorted over...

Separated by war and genocide: Stories from the Wiener Library

Event on 26.01.2018 11:30

For Holocaust Memorial Day 2018, Dr Barbara Warnock of The Wiener Library, London, will give an illustrated talk drawn from the library’s rich collections of archival materials on Jewish refugees...

Soldiery preview

Event on 31.01.2018 18:00

Portraitist Rory Lewis’s latest project, Soldiery, is a study of the British Army, taking inspiration from a selection of great historical painters. Rory's aim was to capture the 21st-century army’s...

Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors

Event on 31.01.2018 18:30

This month we will be discussing Curry: A tale of cooks and conquerors by Lizzie Collingham. Come along and meet new people at an entertaining and informative evening of lively discussion unpacking...

‘The French invasion scare and the literature of fear in Britain, 1797-1805’

Event on 02.02.2018 11:30

Focusing on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 1798 poem ‘Fears in Solitude’, this talk will explore the ways in which feelings of fear, anxiety and terror were evoked at the prospect of a French invasion of...

Security and the army tour

Event on 03.02.2018 14:00

In 2018 we’re looking at the army’s role in UK and world security throughout history. This monthly tour will highlight some of the objects and stories related to key moments and the people involved....

Does violence win rights? Militant suffrage and the vote

Event on 07.02.2018 18:30

As we mark 100 years of the Representation of the People Act, we’re bringing together a panel of experts to discuss whether violence can win rights, drawing on the militant suffrage campaign, and...

The secret life of propaganda posters

Event on 09.02.2018 11:30

During the Second World War both the government and people were wary of propaganda, which was seen as totalitarian, un-British and tainted by its role in the First World War. Sources as diverse as...

Navigation challenge

Event on 10.02.2018 10:30

Using a variety of craft materials and navigation skills, join us this half-term to create a map and a compass to navigate it with. Design mountains, rivers and seas. Imagine new species of weird and...

Returning soldiers, citizenship and the vote during the First World War

Event on 16.02.2018 11:30

During the First World War some 5,700,000 men passed through the ranks of the British armed forces. Although they were often described as ‘citizen soldiers’, many of these men had never been eligible...

LGBTQ+ experiences in the army

Event on 21.02.2018 18:30

Eighteen years ago the ban on gay and lesbian citizens serving in the army was lifted. We’ve partnered with the Army LGBT Forum to bring together a panel of serving and veteran LGBTQ+ personnel to...

Book Club: Flashman, Sharpe and Harvey: Fictional British Army heroes

Event on 28.02.2018 18:30

This month we will be discussing some well-known fictional British Army heroes – Flashman, Sharpe and Harvey. Come along and meet new people at an entertaining and informative evening of lively...

'Eve in Khaki': Women and the British Army, 1917-48

Event on 02.03.2018 11:30

Women in khaki played a key role in Britain in both world wars. From the formation of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1917 to the creation of the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1938, women...

Inspired by Civilisations: Object Journeys

Event on 03.03.2018 11:00

We’re taking part in the BBC's Civilisations Festival exploring the visual culture of societies from around the globe through object stories. Get hands on with our collection and discover some of...

Security and the army tour

Event on 03.03.2018 14:00

In 2018 we’re looking at the army’s role in UK and world security throughout history. This monthly tour will highlight some of the objects and stories related to key moments and the people involved....

Kipling’s ‘The Eyes of Asia’

Event on 07.03.2018 18:00

To mark the release of a new centennial edition of ‘The Eyes of Asia’, Charles Allen will explore Kipling’s fascinating collection of ‘letters’ telling the story of four Indian soldiers - a veteran...

“A Bloodless Victory”: The Battle of New Orleans in history and memory

Event on 09.03.2018 11:30

Once widely celebrated by Americans, the anniversary of the United States’ defeat of a British army outside of New Orleans on 8 January 1815 is now largely forgotten on both sides of the Atlantic. ...

Researching women and the military

Event on 09.03.2018 14:00

Our mini research symposium on women and the military marks this year’s International Women’s Day and continues the museum’s work from last year exploring the centenary of the founding of the Women’s...

Operation Telic, 15 years on

Event on 16.03.2018 11:30

Operation Telic is the name for the British deployment in Iraq which began in 2003. Ben Barry will analyse British military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan following the '9/11' terrorist attacks...

Special Forces: Out of the Shadows

Event on 17.03.2018

Founded during the Second World War, the Special Forces is made up of six elite units, each with a unique role in British security and military operations. The exhibition looks at the work of these...

Special Forces: Out of the Shadows

Event on 17.03.2018

Founded during the Second World War, the Special Forces is made up of six elite units, each with a unique role in British security and military operations. The exhibition looks at the work of these...

Special Forces: Break the code

Event on 17.03.2018 10:30

To mark the opening of our new exhibition Special Forces: Out of the Shadows, test your thinking skills, search the museum for clues and crack our code. Will you discover the secret? Free, drop in....