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Army at Home

Ceremonial display in the Army at Home gallery
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Army at Home

This gallery outlines the Army's home service since the 1600s. It shows the different ways that soldiers have protected the people of Britain during national crises, and examines the Army's role in shaping identities, communities and landscapes.

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Scottish officer's broadsword, c1900

Scottish broadsword

This sword is currently on display in our Army at Home gallery. Its ornate markings - many of them symbols of Scottish culture - serve as an example of the Army's efforts to preserve and celebrate national and regional identity.

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Household Cavalry trumpet banner

Conserving a ceremonial trumpet banner

Military musicians play an important role in major occasions of state. Among the items on display in our Army at Home gallery is a meticulously restored Household Cavalry trumpet banner from the early 20th century.

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Gunner of the Royal Artillery at a Covid mobile testing unit, West Midlands Safari Park, June 2020

Recording the Army’s Covid response

British Army personnel have made a significant contribution to the UK's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, the National Army Museum initiated a contemporary collecting project to record their efforts.

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Soldiers of the East Yorkshire Regiment at Longford, Ireland, May 1921

Irish War of Independence

Fought between 1919 and 1921, this was a guerrilla and sectarian conflict involving Irish republicans, Ulster loyalists and British government forces. It brought about the creation of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State.

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The Battle of the Boyne, 1690

Battle of the Boyne

Fought on 1 July 1690 between the forces of the deposed King James II and his successor, King William III, the Battle of the Boyne was the largest military engagement ever to take place on Irish soil.

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The Battle of Vinegar Hill, 21 June 1798

Irish Rebellion of 1798

In 1798, an underground republican group known as the Society of United Irishmen instigated a major uprising against British rule in Ireland. Although the revolt ended in total defeat for the rebels, it marked a significant watershed in Irish history.

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The Royal Artillery Memorial, Hyde Park Corner, London, 1925

Honouring the fallen

After the First World War, British society had to come to terms with the loss of huge numbers of its service personnel. Across the country, people found ways to commemorate the fallen at a local and national level.

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The coffin of the Unknown Warrior borne in a wagon with a guard of Allied soldiers, 10 November 1920

The Unknown Warrior: A mystery solved

The grave of the Unknown Warrior contains the remains of an unidentified British serviceman, interred in 1920 to honour the fallen of the First World War. The selection was a secretive event and remains shrouded in mystery.

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SAS troops storming the Iranian Embassy, 1980

Iranian Embassy siege

One of the most famous counter-terrorism operations in history took place in 1980. Gunmen overran the Iranian Embassy in London and took hostages, but the crisis was resolved when the building was stormed by the SAS.

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The Queen's Gurkha Regiment assist with the construction of NHS Nightingale, 2020

In case of emergency

As soldiers are mobilised to help public services deal with the coronavirus pandemic, we explore how Britain has often had to rely upon the Army at times of emergency.

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Lieutenant-Colonel Randolph Egerton, The King's Troop of Horse Guards, c1672

The Restoration and the birth of the British Army

In 1660, the monarchy was restored when Parliament invited King Charles II to take the throne. Although the military played a crucial role in his return, the King soon established a new force - the British Army.

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Cavalry of the New Model Army, c1645

British Civil Wars

Fought between 1642 and 1651, these wars were primarily disputes between Crown and Parliament about how the British Isles should be governed. But they also had religious and social dimensions, and witnessed the creation of the first national standing army.

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Officers of the Indian Contingent, Hampton Court, June 1911
Talk At Museum / Online

19 July 2024, 12.00pm

FREE

The Indian Army at the Palace

Zakira Begum shares the stories of some of the Indian Army soldiers encamped at Hampton Court Palace in the early 20th century.

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Storyteller Lauren Greirson with a tank
Tour At Museum

13 - 16 August 2024

FREE

Blitz Storytelling Trail

Join us on an immersive storytelling tour as we help a time-travelling member of the ATS get back home.

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‘Smugglers Defeated’, 1793
Talk At Museum / Online

16 August 2024, 12.00pm

FREE

Soldiers, Smugglers and the English State, 1700-1830

Hear from Joseph Cozens as he discusses the battle for law and order between the British Army and the smuggling gangs of the 18th century.

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The Blitz: Gallery Trail
Trail

KS2 (Ages 7 to 11)

The Blitz: Gallery Trail

Follow this gallery trail, accompanied by ATS servicewoman Shirley Hamilton, to find out more about the Blitz.

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