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This inspiring photographic exhibition reveals the powerful stories of remembrance told through the tattoos of people in the Armed Forces.

Tattoos play a key role within the Armed Forces and have a long military history, inscribed on the skin of warriors for thousands of years. They are a personal act of remembrance, a statement of belonging or a record of significant events, acting as a permanent reminder of the individual's experiences, triumphs and losses.

The Royal British Legion, together with the National Memorial Arboretum and photographer Charlie Clift, has worked with the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force to uncover how tattooing remains an emotional and meaningful act of remembrance in the Armed Forces today.

Discover how tattoo art has become central to remembrance and commemoration and explore the powerful stories hidden behind them.


York Army Museum

3 Tower Street, YORK, North Yorkshire, YO1 9SB

01904 461010


Opening times

10:00-16:30 Monday, Tuesday; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Before your visit you can take a quick peek at the museum with our virtual tour

We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit to the museum: there is a one way route around the museum, floor stickers and signage, and staff will be on hand to assist.

Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance and exit. We have an enhanced cleaning regime in place.

Face coverings should be worn in the museum. If you are exempt from wearing a face covering just mention this to our staff when you arrive.

Our new procedures have gained the Good to Go certification from Visit England, so visitors can be assured that we are following government and industry Covid-19 Guidelines.

There are no toilets at the museum, however public toilets, including an accessible toillet, are 110m/120 yards from the museum near the Castle Carpark.

With a National Art Pass you get

50% off entry with National Art Pass
50% discount on standard museum admission charges. Museum tickets are valid for 1 year - so you can visit us as many times as you like in a 12 month period.
Valid until December 2021

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