Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, Armagh

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Housed in Sovereign’s House, the collection contains the uniforms, medals, regalia and the two Victoria Crosses won by the Regiment. 

Inniskillings Museum, Enniskillen Castle

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The castle houses the regimental museum of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. 

Bury Fusilier Museum

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The Fusilier Museum in Bury houses the collections of the XX Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. 

Museum of the Manchester Regiment

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Located in Ashton-under-Lyne Town Hall, the museum tells the story of the Manchester Regiment and its soldiers from 1756 to 1958. 

Lancashire Infantry Museum

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Housed in Fulwood Barracks, Preston, the traditional home of the county infantry regiments that now form part of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, its collection covers historical material from all its antecedent Lancashire regiments. 

Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum

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Housed in two towers of Caernarfon Castle, the museum is dedicated to the history of Wales' oldest infantry regiment, which dates back to 1689. Collections include the regiment's 14 Victoria Crosses 

South Wales Borderers Museum, Brecon

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The focal point of the museum is the Zulu War Room. The exploits of the 24th Regiment during the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War are legendary. Queen Victoria referred her regiment as 'The Noble 24th'. 

Firing Line – Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier

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Exhibition within the Cardiff Castle Interpretation Centre commemorating 300 years of the 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh. Soldiers from these two regiments, the former cavalry, the latter infantry, have taken part in most of Britain's conflicts

Royal Signals Museum, Blandford Camp

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The UK’s National Museum of Army Communications. Tells the story of military communications from torches and semaphore through telegraph, Morse Code and wireless to satellites and cyberspace. Exhibits also cover the work of Special Forces and covert operations, cryptography and deception, code breaking and clandestine radio equipment. As well as historic equipment used in both world wars there are hands-on interactive displays involving cutting edge technology encompassing electronic communications and cyber warfare.

Somerset Military Museum, Taunton Castle

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Part of the Museum of Somerset housed in the 12th century great hall of Taunton Castle. The Military Museum’s collection covers the history of the County Regiments of Somerset from 1685 onwards. Its exhibitions are organised in two groups, one on historic conflicts and the other on life in the regiments. Exhibits include a silver model of the Gateway of India (a monument on the waterfront in Mumbai) presented to the Somerset Light Infantry as the last British brigade to leave India in 1948.

Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum

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Based at the former RAF Davidstow Moor and devoted primarily to the history of that airfield during World War II. The museum also covers the history of other RAF airfields, army and Royal Navy in Cornwall. Other displays include artefacts, vehicles and weapons from the Royal Observer Corps and the Light Infantry.

Dartmouth Castle

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Standing guard over the Dart estuary, the castle was begun in 1388 by John Hawley, Mayor of Dartmouth.  The 19th century gun battery remained in use through both world wars.

Exercise Tiger memorial -Slapton Sands

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On 28th April 1944 a German patrol of fast motor boats torpeded a convoy of ships fuill of US soliders prepargin for D Day on a training exercise. The 4th US Infantry Division lost more men off Slapton Sands on 28th April 1944 than it did on Utah Beach. There is a sherman tank memorial at Slapton Sands.

Tank Museum, Bovington Camp

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The museum of the Royal Tank Regiment & Royal Armoured Corps, its collection has almost 300 vehicles from 26 countries. Exhibits include a British First World War Mark I, the oldest surviving combat tank, and a German Tiger I tank in working order. The collection is divided into four exhibitions: The Tank Story, from 1915 to the present; the Trench experience, on the First World War and the invention of the tank; Battle Group Afghanistan, recreating a modern Forward Operating Base; and the Discovery Centre, with interactive display and a cut-in-half Centurian.

Nothe Fort, Weymouth

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A 19th century coastal defence fort situated at the mouth of Weymouth Harbour, in the 20th century Nothe Fort remained an important defence for the naval base in the adjacent Portland Harbour. In the Second World War it housed an anti-aircraft emplacement. Constructed on three levels, with a labyrinth of underground passages, the fort is now home to a museum featuring World War II vehicles along with original cannons and guns. Regular events including displays of musketry and cannon firing.

Balhousie Castle, Perth

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Museum of The Black Watch, displaying the history of the regiment from 1739 to the present. 

Stirling Castle

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The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum holds exhibits and memorabilia from conflicts worldwide,

Edinburgh Castle

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With its dramatic situation high above the city and terrific views over the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh Castle is one of Scotland's most visited attractions. It dates from at least as far back as the 12th century and by the 17th century its main role was as a military base. It houses two regimental museums, The Royal Scots Museum and The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum, as well as the National Museum of War and the Scottish National War Memorial, along with the famous Mons Meg cannon and the One O Clock Gun.

Hackness Martello Tower and Battery

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Situated on South Walls in Orkney, the Martello Tower and Battery were built during the Napoleonic Wars. Their role was to protect British and Scandinavian ships in Longhope Sound from attack by American and French privateers while they waited for a Royal Navy escort on their journey to the Baltic. Another tower was built on the north side of the sound, at Crockness, but it appears they did not see enemy action. The battery and towers were upgraded in 1866 and the towers were rearmed for World War I.

The Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen

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The museum holds the regimental treasures of The Gordon Highlanders, from 1794 to 1994. 

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Royal Marines Museum Southsea 

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The Museum represents the history of the Royal Marines from their beginnings in 1664 through to the present day. The Museum is located in the former Eastney Barracks which was originally constructed as the Headquarters of the Royal Marine Artillery in the 1860s.

Gurkha Museum - Winchester

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The Gurkha Museum, tells the story of Gurkha service to the Crown since 1815,including  both World Wars,

The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum 

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Housed on the ground floor of a fine mediaeval building in Salisbury with a well stocked riverside garden, this collection covers the history of the County Regiments of Berkshire and Wiltshire and their more recent successors.

Somerset Military Museum, Taunton Castle

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12th century great hall of Taunton Castle houses the Military Museum’s collection covers the history of the County Regiments of Somerset from 1685 onwards. 

Fleet Air Arm Museum -Yeovilton

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Dedicated to the flying arm of the Royal Navy, with a large collection of military and civilian aircraft, as well as models of Royal Navy ships. Divided into four halls, the first covers the development of naval aviation from early bi-planes on. Hall 2 has aircraft from World War II and Hall 3 houses the aircraft carrier experience. Hall 4 explains the theory of flight and contains the first British built Concorde and two Delta wing test aircraft.

AIR FORCE MEMORIAL RUNNYMEDE (1939-45)

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The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede commemorates by name over 20,000 airmen who were lost in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, and who have no known graves. They served in Bomber, Fighter, Coastal, Transport, Flying Training and Maintenance Commands, and came from all parts of the Commonwealth. Some were from countries in continental Europe which had been overrun but whose airmen continued to fight in the ranks of the Royal Air Force.

Brookwood Military Cemetery 1914-19 and 1939-45

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Brookwood Military Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. It contains over 5,000 commonwealth burials from the world wars, approcimately 800 ofrom other nations including the American WW1 Cemetery. The Brookwood Memorial commemorates 3,500 men and women of the land forces of the Commonwealth who died during the Second World War and have no known grave, and not commeorated on any of the campaign memorials

National Army Museum 

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The National Army Museum tells the story that the British Army played in the creation of the nation state of Great Britain, as we recognise it today. It houses collections of equipment uniforms art and interpretive displays covering the 500 years of history across the contents of the world. Free entry

RAF Manston 1915-1945

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The story of the former RAF station at Manston is told via two musuems. The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum at Manston Airfiekld is based around the gate guardian aircraft. There is a seperate RAF Manston History Museum in Manston Road Ramsgate. The airfield was the tagrte for several attacks by the Luftwaffe durign the battle of Britian..

Bletchley Park (1939-45)

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During the Second World War, Bletchley Park was the site of the United Kingdom's main decryption establishment, the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), where ciphers and codes of several Axis countries were decrypted, most importantly the ciphers generated by the German Enigma and Lorenz machines. The high-level intelligence produced at Bletchley Park, codenamed Ultra, provided crucial assistance to the Allied war effort. The Bletchly Park museum's main collection of objects relating to the wartime codebreaking effort include the rebuilt bombe, and the Enigma collection. It also contains Stephen Kettle's 1.5-ton, life-size statue of Alan Turing, which was unveiled at Bletchley Park in 2007.

North Weald Airfield Museum

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Established by the Royal Flying Corps in 1916, North Weald Bassett Aerodrome became RAF North Weald and was an important fighter station in the Battle of Britain. Now a civilian airfield it still has an original hangar from 1927. The museum focuses on those who served at North Weald in both world wars, including the American and Norwegian squadrons stationed there in the Second World War. There is a memorial with an obelisk given by the people of Norway in 1952.

Fort Nelson Portsmouth

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Fort Nelson, North of Portsmouth  is one of five defensive forts built on the summit of Portsdown Hill in the 1860s, overlooking the important naval base of Portsmouth. It is now part of the Royal Armouries, housing their collection of artillery

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Aldershot Military Museum

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The museum tells the story of the home of the British Army from 1854 to the present day.

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Royal Army Physical Training Corps Museum

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The items and memorabilia displayed in Fox Lines Aldershot tell the story of physical training in the Army from 1860 to the present day. Exhibits concentrate on the theme of the soldier-sportsman.

The Kent and Shapshooters Museum 

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This museum preserves and presents the heritage of several Yeomanry (Volunteer cavalry) units in the South East of England. The museum is currently based in TA Centres in South London but is expected to move to Hever Castle Kent.

Newhaven Fort 

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Newhaven Fort is home to the Sussex & Surrey Yeomanry Museum Collection

Shoreham Aircraft Museum Sevenoaks

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The Shoreham Aircraft Museum was founded in 1978 by local enthusiasts. The Museum houses hundreds of aviation relics excavated by the group over many years from crashed British and German aircraft, as well as items which have been kindly donated.

Dover Castle 1939-45

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Dover Castle played a big part in the Second World War. It was the control room for the evacuation from Dover and the AA defences of Doiver. 

Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks and Town Walls

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Contains The King's Own Scottish Borderers Museum, 

Durham Light Infantry Museum Durham

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The official museum of the Durham Light Infantry, housing a collection of uniforms, equipment, weapons, silver, photographs and battlefield relics from 1758 to 1968. Its Medal Room holds over 3000 medals including seven original Victoria Crosses. Other displays illustrate the regiment’s role in the two World Wars. Located in Aykley Heads House,Durham.

Green Howards Regimental Museum

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SCHEDULED TO REPOPEN SUMMER 2014
An excellent collection of well-presented items on three floors illustrating the 300 year history of this famous Regiment and its close links with the North Riding of Yorkshire. Rich displays of uniforms, badges, headdress and silver are complemented by an extensive medal collection with an interactive computer guide. There are special cases dedicated to the Ladies of the Regiment, military sport and a new temporary exhibition is displayed each year

13th/18th Royal Hussars (QMO) and The Light Dragoons Museum - Barnsley

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The Collection covers the history of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars with a series of displays illustrating the life of the Regiment in peace and war from 1715 to the present time. Exhibits relate to the Battle of Waterloo, Charge of the Light Brigade, Boer War, both World Wars and The Light Dragoons’ involvement in more recent operations. i.e.The former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan 2009 where the LD Battlegroup led the operation "Panther's Claw". The regimental collection is within the museum of Cannon Hall Barnsley

Royal Lincolnshire Regiment and Lincolnshire Yeomanry Collections

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The Collections of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment and the Lincolnshire Yeomanry, n Exhibits illustrate the Regiment’s service including the  Second World War. 

Staffordshire Regimental Museum

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The story of the Staffordshire Regiment includes its service in the Second World War

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Imperial War Museum Duxford

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Britain's largest aviation museum, with around 200 planes, military vehicles, artillery and naval vessels. Duxford Aerodrome was home to several RAF fighter squadrons during the Battle of Britain and later to USAAF 78th Fighter Group. Museum highlights include the Battle of Britain exhibition housed in a 1917 Belfast hangar and the American Air Museum in a modern building designed by Sir Norman Foster. The Aircraft Hall includes a Spitfire, a Lancaster and a Concorde. Also on site are the regimental museums of the Parachute Regiment and the Royal Anglian Regiment. Duxford hosts regular air shows and other events.

Tower Museum Bassingbourn

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RAF Bassingbourn was a bomber airfield in the Second World War, home to the RAF's Operational Training Unit that took part in the 1000 bomber raids, and later to the USAAF's 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy). The Tower Museum is housed in the original 1930s control tower and focuses on the history of the airfield. The first floor is dedicated to the story of the RAF and British Army during World War II, the second floor to that of the USAAF.

The Harwich Redoubt

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A circular fort built in 1808 to protect the port of Harwich from invasion during the Napoleonic Wars, it dates from the same time as the chain of Martello Towers along the East Anglian coast. About 200 feet in diameter it had a central parade ground 85 feet across. Surrounded by a deep ditch it could only be entered by one removable drawbridge. Originally armed with ten 24-pounder cannon it was later adapted to take larger guns. A number of original guns are on display along with replica firearms and related exhibitions.

Royal Naval Patrol Service Museum, Lowestoft

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Commemorating the activities of the Royal Naval Patrol Service during the Second World War. Exhibits include boards listing the 850 honours awarded to members of the service, including one Victoria Cross, and a list of over 200 mentioned in despatches. There is a mock-up of a wheelhouse along with model ships, photographs and assorted memorabilia such as shields, uniforms and flags.

Purfleet Heritage & Military Centre

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Housed within Magazine No 5 of the former Royal Magazine for Gunpowder on the bank of the River Thames, built in 1759. The centre documents the history of the magazines and holds collections covering the army from Waterloo to National Service, including the story of the Gurkha Regiment. The naval collection has exhibits from the Battle of Trafalgar to World War II .

The Royal Gunpowder Mills Museum

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A museum and poark on the grounds of the site where gunpoweder and other explosives manucatured from the C17th to the 20th

Historic Dockyard, Chatham

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The Historic Dockyard, Chatham is a stunning 80 acre site with historic buildings, museum galleries, historic warships and a vibrant programme of events and activities. It has a supurb collection of warships and displays

Whitehall Warriors

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The area around Whitewhall includes many statues and memorials to the leaders who shaped Britaih's past. A walk past these is a chance to hear about their lives and deeds..