Collection Spotlight: National Army Museum

The National Army Museum looks back on the Somme and prepares for a new future

New Nusseeree Rifle Battalion and Major A. Bagot, 1857, English Photographer, (19th century) / National Army Museum, London / Bridgeman Images
New Nusseeree Rifle Battalion and Major A. Bagot, 1857, English Photographer, (19th century) / National Army Museum, London / Bridgeman Images

 

Remembrance Day is a time to reflect on the servicemen and women who lost their lives. The First World War centenary commemorations continue, and 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary since the Battle of the Somme. 

 

 

 

The National Army Museum has an impressive collection of images available through the Bridgeman archive relating to the First World War, as well as a wider collection relating to the British Army.

Founded in 1960 by Royal Charter, the Museum was established for the purpose of collecting, preserving and exhibiting objects and records relating to the Land Forces of the British Crown.

 

The Territorials at Pozieres on 23rd July 1916, 1917, William Barnes Wollen / National Army Museum, London / Bridgeman Images
The Territorials at Pozieres on 23rd July 1916, 1917, William Barnes Wollen / National Army Museum, London / Bridgeman Images

 

 

Ready for the great Somme push, officers and signallers keep a sharp look out over the sausage valley, 1916, British Photographer, (20th century) / National Army Museum, London / Bridgeman Images
Ready for the great Somme push, officers and signallers keep a sharp look out over the sausage valley, 1916, British Photographer, (20th century) / National Army Museum, London / Bridgeman Images

 

 

 

 

Throughout history the British Army has undertaken tours across the world. As such the Museum has an international collection, which touches on some of the rawest elements of human experience: love, loss, death, sacrifice, endeavor, bravery and loyalty.

The Collections tell the stories of some of the hundreds of thousands of Empire and Commonwealth troops who have served on behalf of the British Army over the last 400 years.

 

 

 

 

The Museum building in Chelsea, London is currently closed for a radical transformation to provide visitors with an enhanced museum experience and is due to reopen towards the end of 2016.

Through the £23 million Building for the Future project it aims to transform the museum from a hidden gem in the heart of military Chelsea to an innovative and engaging environment in which audiences can enter into a dialogue about the complex and shifting relationship Britain has with its Army.

During its closure the Museum has a programme of events and activities at alternative venues across London and the country, as well as regular news, blogs and videos on its website: www.nam.ac.uk

 

 

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Captain Reginald James Young winning the Military Cross at the Battle of the Somme, 1916, Stanley L. Wood / National Army Museum, London / Bridgeman Images
Captain Reginald James Young winning the Military Cross at the Battle of the Somme, 1916, Stanley L. Wood / National Army Museum, London / Bridgeman Images

 


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