The Story of Camouflage During the Second World War

The British Army School of Camouflage was founded in 1916 and based in London’s Kensington Gardens.Read more

Home from the war: what happened to disabled First World War veterans

Around 2 million soldiers, sailors and airmen came home with some level of disability: over 40,000 were amputees; some had facial disfigurement or had been blinded.Read more

An introduction to ‘Thankful Villages’

In the First World War every village saw young people leave to serve their country. Over 700,000 Britons died, yet 53 village communities suffered no fatalities.Read more

6 things you may not know about POWs in England during the First World War

Prisoners were interned in hundreds of locations across England, ranging from purpose-built camps holding thousands of men, to locations that held just a few individuals. Read more

Life behind the wire: rare images of Prisoner of War Camps

From the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914, German prisoners of war (POWs) began arriving in England.Read more

War memorials of the north: then & now

A mystery postcard collection documents the unveiling of local war memorials, with hundreds of people present. Each memorial represents a different tale of loss in a northern town.Read more

The Chilwell catastrophe: Fatal explosion on the home front

One hundred years ago a catastrophic explosion tore through the National Shell Filling Factory at Chilwell, Nottinghamshire.Read more

Forgotten Seafarers of the First World War

During the First World War the Merchant Navy – the Mercantile Marine – was thrust into the conflict, becoming the supply service of the Royal Navy.Read more

9 places that tell the story of the Royal Air Force

Some of our most important listed structures help to illustrate the key achievements of the RAF during the twentieth century. Read more