Air and Sea
Discover how Britain defended the country and controlled the sea during the First World War and beyond
Air and Sea
See the Westland Wasp, a light anti-submarine helicopter which was developed for operations from small ships
As an island, Britain’s control of the sea was vital to its defence. Air and Sea shows the changes in defence methods, from the giant battleships of the First World War to modern-day submarines and aircraft carriers.
Air and Sea also features the The X-Craft exhibition, which tells the story of the development and use of midget submarines during the Second World War. X-craft - the British code name for midget submarines - were developed for attacks on specialist naval targets in difficult waters, and the exhibition features two of these fascinating vessels: X-51 and the remains of X-7.
Collections in Context
War in the Air during the First World War
The First World War was the first conflict in which air power was used by combatant nations...
The Battle of the Atlantic
Britain depended on vital supplies from North America and the Empire. These had to be transported in merchant ships across the Atlantic Ocean...