Florence Nightingale at Scutari, 1856

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Florence Nightingale: The Lady with the Lamp

Florence Nightingale was a legend in her own lifetime and one of the most famous women in British history.

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Other ranks' cap badge, Royal Army Veterinary Corps, c1965

The Royal Army Veterinary Corps

This corps is responsible for the provision, training and care of animals in the British Army. With origins dating back to the 1790s, it has served in many campaigns, including the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Royal Army Dental Corps

Royal Army Dental Corps

Formed in 1921, the Royal Army Dental Corps has taken care of the British Army’s dental health for almost a century, whether in barracks or on active operations.

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Turkish prisoners after General Brooking's victory at Ramadi, September 1917

Mesopotamia campaign

During 1914-18, British troops fought the Turks in Mesopotamia. After many setbacks, they finally took Baghdad in March 1917. This marked the high point of a long and tragic campaign fought in a harsh climate.

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Andy McNab’s survival kit, c1990

The art of staying alive: McNab's survival kit

An SAS soldier's personal survival kit contains many everyday objects. These can be used in ingenious ways, demonstrating both the adaptability and the resourcefulness of the Special Forces.

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Having a reaction to shellfish saves soldiers' lives

Having a reaction to shellfish saves soldiers' lives

For a force that fights on land, the British Army has benefitted from some surprisingly aquatic assistance.

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Wax surgery teaching model

The birth of plastic surgery

The First World War saw a huge rise in the number of drastic facial injuries. This led to the development of modern facial reconstructive surgery.

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Florence Nightingale at Scutari, 1856

Florence Nightingale: The Lady with the Lamp

Florence Nightingale was a legend in her own lifetime and one of the most famous women in British history.

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Body builders
Primary workshop

3 September 2018 - 30 July 2020

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Body builders

Learn about the possibilities of prosthetic limbs for injured soldiers and get hands-on with our robotic arms.

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Florence and Mary
Primary workshop

3 September 2018 - 30 July 2020

FREE

Florence and Mary

Discover the historic contributions of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and why they have been remembered (or not) over time.

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Spotlight Saturday: Medicine and the Army
Workshop

27 July 2019, 11.00am

FREE

Spotlight Saturday: Medicine and the Army

From leeches to battlefield ambulances, discover how Army medicine has developed from the Civil War to the present day.

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Trench medicine: Illnesses, injuries and their treatment
Secondary workshop

2 September 2019 - 30 July 2020

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Trench medicine: Illnesses, injuries and their treatment

COMING SOON: Explore artefacts and sources on the causes and treatment of injuries and illnesses on the Western Front during the First World War, and assess the impact of these innovations.

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Florence and Mary
SEND workshop

2 September 2019 - 30 July 2020

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Florence and Mary

COMING SOON: Find out about the work of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and how they helped the soldiers in the Crimea.

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Florence and Mary
Trail

KS1 (Age 5 to 7)

Florence and Mary

Follow this gallery trail to find out about soldiers' lives during the Crimean War.

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Body builders
Trail

KS2 (Age 7 to 11)

Body builders

Follow this gallery trail to find some amazing objects that have helped soldiers to be superhuman.

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