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

Hidden in Plain Sight: Evidence of the Second World War

On 3 September 1939 Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Nazi Germany.Read more

The Destruction and Rebirth of Coventry Cathedral

In the 12 hours of the raids, 568 people were killed and over 4,000 homes destroyed. Read more

England’s Historic Cities under Attack: the Baedeker Raids, 1942

Between late April and late June 1942, the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) deliberately targeted Britain’s historic towns and cities, causing widespread destructionRead more

D-Day, 75 Years on: how the Allies prepared

Between midnight on 6 June (D-Day) and 30 June 1944 an Allied invasion force of over 850,000 troops landed on France’s Normandy beaches, together with nearly 150,000 vehicles and 570,000 tons of supplies.Read more

War Art: Military and Civilian murals from the Second World War

Over the centuries soldiers and Prisoners of War, have left personal expressive art on the places where they lived or served.Read more

Picturing the Blitz: Images of England at War

The National Buildings Record was born in the Blitz; hurriedly created in early 1941 to photograph and document the historic fabric of England before it was lost forever. TRead more

Protect and Survive: preserving Cold War heritage

In October 1962 the world stood on the brink of nuclear war. On the 14th October, United States spy planes flying over Cuba spotted sites being prepared for Soviet nuclear-armed missiles which could threaten large areas of the USA. To prevent further Soviet reinforcements, the president, John F Kennedy, ordered a naval quarantine of Cuba. How would the Soviets react? Would the United States attack Cuba?  Later, as newspapers reported the developing crisis, people on both sides of the AtlanticRead more