The Battle of Britain: 80 Years On

In early summer 1940 the country had been seriously weakened following the evacuation from Dunkirk of the core of its professional army, the British Expeditionary Force, leaving the country alone in the fight against Hitler.Read more

9 places that tell the story of early flight

The first formally recognised, sustained, powered, heavier-than-air flight in the UK took off 110 years ago.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

9 Places that Reveal the Hidden History of the Cold War

The buildings of the Cold War are some of our last physical links to this episode of our history. They bear witness to phenomena such as the development and deployment of nuclear weapons, the ‘special relationship’ between the UK and the US, constant global surveillance, and huge expenditure on science and technology research as well as defence.Read more