The National Army Museum Collection is the world’s largest, and most significant, accumulation of objects and archives relating to the British Army and other Land Forces of the British Crown (including the former Indian Army until 1947).
It consists of over one million items, spanning a 600-year period, and is likely to hold items or references that will be of use to your research into British military history.
Altogether, the Collection comprises:
Several important collections have been transferred to the National Army Museum over the years, including:
Our archives include some of the most important collections relating to British military, political and social history. This includes the history of the British Army, its campaigns and battles, pre-eminent figures, such as the Field Marshals Lord Roberts, William Birdwood, and George Nugent, and the personal stories of less well-known figures from privates to generals.
We also hold many private and personal photographic collections, such as Surgeon John McCosh’s images of India in the 1840s-50s, Dr Hilton DeWitt Girdwood's 3D stereoscopes from the First World War, and Major James Sale's remarkable output of some 2,000 Second World War photographs.
The National Army Museum is not a repository for soldiers’ service papers. It is, therefore, unlikely that anything in our collections can give you definitive answers regarding the service of an individual soldier.
Find out more about researching a former soldier.
If you have read through the above advice and haven’t found an answer to your question, you can submit an enquiry through our contact form, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to:
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HT
Please note that due to financial pressures on the National Army Museum as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, our capacity to respond to individual enquiries has now been significantly reduced. As a result, we are no longer able to reply to enquiries that are not directly related to the Museum’s collections. In the future, we hope to reintroduce an enquiry service, which will be chargeable.
We continue to encourage enquirers to book to see our library and archive collections through the Templer Study Centre in Chelsea, or for our other collection types at our Collections Centre in Stevenage.