Military history events, lectures, and exhibitions in 2022

The Vulcan and Cold War Experience

Until 29 November 2022
RAF Museum London, Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL, UK
+44 (0) 20 8205 2266

Image: RAF Museum.

This returning exhibition gives visitors a close-up view of some of the most significant Cold War aircraft in the RAF Museum’s collection. Ticket holders can climb in and take a seat in the cockpit of the Avro Vulcan B2 and the pilot’s seat of the McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR2, providing a rare opportunity to experience what it was like to fly these great aircraft. With the ticket comes a full ground tour, and access to other planes on display, such as the BAC Lightning F6 and the English Electric Canberra PR3.

In Harm’s Way: The US Navy and World War II

National Museum of the US Navy, 736 Sicard Street SE, Washington, DC, 20374, United States
+1 202 685 0589

Image: National Museum of the US Navy.

With the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Midway approaching in June, there is no better time to refresh your memory of the event that is regarded as having ‘turned the tide of World War II’. The National Museum of the United States Navy in Washington DC has extensive permanent exhibitions dedicated to the American war at sea, including a large gallery on the Pacific Theatre. In chronological order, visitors are taken through the technology and tactics used by the Americans at Midway, as well as other key battles in the theatre, such as Okinawa and Iwo Jima.

What a history! The MusÉe de L’ArmÉe Collections

14 May-18 September 2022
Musée de l’Armée, 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
+33 (0) 1 44 42 38 77

Image: Wikimedia Commons.

In this special exhibition, the Musée de l’Armée looks back on a century of acquisitions. Visitors will learn about the origins of the institution, established in 1905 as a result of the merger of several smaller museums, and its constant expansion ever since. The exhibition also explores the loss of objects and artworks, such as during the looting and destruction of the Second World War, when Paris and much of France were under occupation. Several cultural activities for adults and younger visitors have been scheduled around this exhibition.

Worth checking out

Diving Deep: HMS Invincible 1744

Until 20 November 2022
Historic Dockyard, Anchor Wharf, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TZ, UK
https://thedockyard.co.uk/whats-on/diving-deep-hms-invincible-1744/ £25.50 (adult)

This new exhibition tells the amazing story of HMS Invincible, her capture by the Royal Navy at the First Battle of Cape Finisterre in May 1747, her redesign, and her subsequent sinking – as well as her discovery by a fisherman more than 200 years later. Entry is included in general admission.

IWM Live

11 June 2022
IWM Duxford, Building 425, Cambridge, CB22 4QR, UK
www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-duxford/iwm-live £45

The Imperial War Museum is hosting its first ever all-day live event, consisting of talks from conflict veterans, museum curators, and leading authors in the field of military history. Visitors can also get up-close and personal to aircraft on display at Duxford, such as the Lancaster, Vulcan, Spitfire, and Mosquito.

Samurai: history and legend

Until 28 May 2022
Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DR, UK
www.cam.ac.uk/stories/Samurai Free

This exhibition draws on the world-class collections of Cambridge University Library, home to one of the largest gatherings of Japanese material outside Japan, including one of the first Japanese books ever to reach British shores. The displays will explore the historic roots of the samurai, and challenge modern Western perceptions of them as merely a warrior elite.