Historic Battles

Oliver Cromwell painting

Who was Oliver Cromwell? What was his role in the English Civil War?

Oliver Cromwell sided with the Roundheads during the English Civil War and became a leader of the New Model Army. He ruled from 1653 to 1658 The only non-royal to rule the country, Oliver Cromwell...
King Charles I (1600-1649) on Horseback by Sir Anthony van Dyck

Who was Charles I? Why was he beheaded?

King Charles I's belief that he could rule without parliament led to the outbreak of the English Civil War. he reigned from 1625 to 1649 King Charles I made a great art lover. His refined tastes...
A statue of Robert the Bruce outside Bannockburn Heritage Centre in Stirling, Scotland

Who was Robert the Bruce? Who did he murder?

Robert I of Scotland murdered his rival, attacked English occupiers and eventually negotiated peace talks. He ruled from 1306 to 1329 Born in Ayr in 1274, Robert the Bruce was on the side of King...

Edward IV: the first Yorkist king

Jeffrey James, author of book Edward IV: Glorious Son of York, introduces the charismatic older brother of King Richard III, a key figure in the Wars of the Roses. Few English monarchs fought harder for kingship...

Top 10 August bank holiday days out

Summer bank holidays can go either way – glorious sun or endless showers – but with these wonderful events, you’re sure to have great time whatever the weather. August Bank holiday has traditionally been a time for...
The Battle of Culloden, Jacobite rebellions, Scottish history. Credit: The Print Collector/Alamy

The 300th anniversary of the Jacobite Rebellions

In the 300th anniversary year of the first of the Jacobite Rebellions, here are three ways to mark this important moment in Scottish history. The plot and cast are extraordinary: a foreigner, 52nd in line...

First World War warship HMS M.33 opens to public

A small ship with a big history, this unique warship will offer a taste of the ill-fated Gallipoli with an immersive battle experience. The only First World War Navy warship to survive the ill-fated Gallipoli...
Battle of Britain, Second World War, air show

Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Air Show

See Spitfires scramble in living history representation of crucial Second World War aerial battle at IWM Duxford. Spitfires will take to the skies for The Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show at IWM Duxford in...

Explore Britain’s military history on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

The Explore History Centre, an innovative new project launched at the Imperial War Museum, London, lets you get up close and personal with history. The centre offers a location which anyone can visit, free of...

Final voyage for Lawrence of Arabia’s RAF launch

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA's RAF launch is making a historic final voyage before going on display at the RAF Museum in London.   TE Lawrence conducting speed trials A SEAPLANE TENDER from the 1930s is going to sail...
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