Stephen Palmer’s Oxo tin, 1915

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The original bullet proof vest?

During the First World War (1914-18) Private Stephen Palmer was sent an Oxo tin that ended up saving his life.

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Queen Elizabeth II views her old uniform at NAM, 2017

Inspired by a princess's uniform

British heritage brand Hawes & Curtis has partnered with the National Army Museum to create a limited edition collection that is fit for royalty. The collection is inspired by the uniform Queen Elizabeth II wore as a young princess.

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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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Oxo tin, 1915

The original bulletproof vest?

During the First World War Private Stephen Palmer was sent an Oxo tin that ended up saving his life.

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Burberry trench coat, 2014

Army fashion statements

The Army's influence on fashion is not new. Military dress has made its way from conflict to catwalk over and over again.

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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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Whatever the weather
Primary workshop

3 September 2018 - 23 July 2019

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Whatever the weather

Soldiers have to be ready for anything! Explore and test materials by designing and building a shelter that will keep a soldier dry.

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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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Uniforms: From Redcoats to camouflage
Tour

20 October 2018

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Uniforms: From Redcoats to camouflage

Join volunteer tour guide Jeffrey Yang on a journey through 370 years of British military uniforms.

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Whatever the weather
Trail

KS1 (Age 5 to 7)

Whatever the weather

Follow this gallery trail to find out how soldiers cope in different places and in different conditions.

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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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Body builders
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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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A soldier's life
Trail

KS2 (Age 7 to 11)

A soldier's life

Follow this gallery trail to find out what life was really like for a soldier in the First World War.

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