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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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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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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On the move
Primary workshop

3 September 2018 - 23 July 2019

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On the move

Explore how robotic devices help the Army, then work together using basic programming skills to successfully navigate a real robot across a map.

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Head on
Primary workshop

3 September 2018 - 23 July 2019

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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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Tank Hunter: World War One
Book Signing

24 November 2018, 11.00am

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Tank Hunter: World War One

Meet the author Craig Moore who will be signing copies of his book 'Tank Hunter: World War One' and taking questions on tanks. 

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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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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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