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Detail from a painting of the Siege of Namur, 1695

The Making of Britain

Last updated: 4 September 2013

Now Open - Level 1 Corridor

From civil war at home to conflict on the Continent, this special display investigates the Army’s role in creating and defending the nation state of Great Britain we know today.

The Making of Britain online exhibition

'The Making of Britain' tells the story of the Army from the medieval era through to the early 18th century, a period that witnessed both the forging of the modern nation state and the creation of a distinct British national identity.

The display includes portraits of two of Britains' greatest commanders, Oliver Cromwell and the Duke of Marlborough, as well as life-size figures of a Royalist cavalryman, a Parliamentarian pikeman and a Parliamentarian musketeer.

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