British Mark IV female tank during trials, 1917
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Attack of the tanks

In September 1916 the face of battle changed forever. On an unsuspecting enemy, Britain unleashed its new secret weapon - the tank.

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Lieutenant Jimmy Sale, 1941

The Sale Collection: Origins and early years

In the first instalment of this series, we learn about the origins of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), its pre-war service and the outbreak of fighting in 1939.

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Bagnold sun compass used by the LRDG, c1942

Desert innovator: Bagnold's sun-compass

The Long Range Desert Group were masters of navigation. They owed much of their success to the scientific talents of Major Ralph Bagnold, whose sun-compass invention revolutionised desert travel.

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Mark I tank C19 in Chimpanzee Valley during the Battle of Flers Courcelette, 1916

Attack of the tanks

In September 1916, the face of battle changed forever. On an unsuspecting enemy, Britain unleashed its new secret weapon - the tank.

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Vickers Machine gun, c1914

Weapons of the Western Front

We explore some of the weapons used by the British Army on the Western Front during the First World War.

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Operation Robot (coding)
Secondary workshop

1 - 24 July 2020

FREE

Operation Robot (coding)

Explore the power of robots to solve challenges for the Army. Get hands-on testing out your coding skills.

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Cargo drop engineering challenge
Secondary workshop

1 - 24 July 2020

FREE

Cargo drop engineering challenge

Work against the clock and with limited resources to design and build a device to safely deliver cargo to your troops.

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Head on
Primary workshop

1 - 30 July 2020

FREE

Head on

Get hands-on with real helmets from our handling collection, then use different materials to make and test your own.

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Body builders
Primary workshop

1 - 30 July 2020

FREE

Body builders

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

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Robots to the rescue
Primary workshop

1 - 30 July 2020

FREE

Robots to the rescue

Explore how robotic devices help the Army, then work in teams using block-based programming and our Dash robots to complete a series of tasks.

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Head on
Trail

KS2 (Age 7 to 11)

Head on

Follow this gallery trail to discover some of the amazing objects that have protected soldiers through time.

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On the move
Trail

KS2 (Age 7 to 11)

On the move

Follow this gallery trail to find out how soldiers use technology to help with difficult jobs.

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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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