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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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 - 23 July 2019

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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 - 23 July 2019

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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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Pop-up rehab gym
Workshop

8 December 2018

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Pop-up rehab gym

Try out the mini rehabilitation gym from the Centre for Blast Injury Studies and experience some of the exercises amputees do to regain balance and strength.

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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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