• 10am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
National Army Museum
  • 10am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Formation gallery

Exploring historic Army roles in the Formation gallery

Exploring historic Army roles in the Formation gallery

Delve into the origins and historic roles of Britain’s Army. Learn about its character and the values that continue to motivate its soldiers. 

Access

Location:
Lower Ground Floor Lower Level

Wheelchair access:
Via the main lift

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Formation brings to life the origins and traditions of Britain’s Army.

The gallery introduces visitors to the Army’s evolving role on the home, European and world stage. It also explores the motivations of its soldiers, highlighting their commitment to upholding the traditions of this extraordinary organisation.

Toy soldiers on display in Formation gallery
Toy soldiers

Explore the different roles the Army has carried out during its 350-year history.

Discover the varied walks of life, and different corners of the globe, that Britain’s troops have come from, whether officers or enlisted soldiers, volunteers or conscripts.

Get to grips with ranks and regiments, and understand the values, culture and ethos of the modern British Army.

Recruiting posters on display in Formation gallery
Recruiting posters

French general's uniform, c1700
French general's uniform, c1700
Civil War armour and weaponry, c1640s
Civil War armour and weaponry, c1640s
'Teddy bear coat', c1944
'Teddy bear coat', c1944

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"First time @NAM_London today. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought the presentation & interpretation made the subject accessible..."