Yorkshire's Military Museums

Written by: Little

"The word “Invictus” means “unconquered.” It embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, ill, and injured Service members and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post injury. The Invictus Games harnessed  the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their countries".  

"How can they be recognized for their achievements and not given sympathy? Prince Harry asked these questions. On a trip to the Warrior Games in the USA in 2013, he saw how the power of sport could help physically, psychologically, and socially. His mind was made up. London would host the inaugural Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, ill, and injured Service men and women – both active duty and veteran.  (quoted from the Invictus Games website).  This is the living story now of the strength of our wounded servicemen overcoming  life changing disabilities through sport".  

Sadly war is part of our history and today is a poignant reminder we are no further forward than we were since the creation of man.  Now more than ever our military museums that tell the story of war have an important part to play to remind us and in Yorkshire we have three of the finest military museums in the country.

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum near Malton is a large Second World War-related museum near Malton in North Yorkshire in England. It occupies a former Second World War prisoner-of-war camp of 33 huts.

The Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial situated at Elvington near York is the largest independent air museum in Britain and is the most original Second World War RAF Bomber Command station open to the public. It is also the only Allied Air Forces Memorial in Europe. The museum has a good international reputation and profile with established branches in Canada and France and is supported by over 4,000 registered "friends" across the world. It is a Corporate Member of Friends of the Few (Battle of Britain Memorial) and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

The York Army Museum is situated opposite Clifford's Tower in York.  Home to the Royal Dragoon Guards who can trace their ancestry back to 1685 and was formed by the amalgamation of the senior cavalry regiments in the British Army tells the story of the British Army over the past 300 years.