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

French Revolutionary Wars

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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 Norfolk Volunteers at Gunton Park, 1864

Civilian soldiers

Throughout its long history the British Army has relied on part-time soldiers to support its operations, guard British shores and maintain law and order.

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A private of the 8th West India Regiment, c1803
Talk

6 August 2021, 12.00pm

FREE

Establishing the West India Regiments

Professor David Lambert discusses the establishment of the West India Regiments and explores the debates that surrounded their formation.

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'Dead Men Telling Tales' book cover
Talk

20 August 2021, 12.00pm

FREE

Dead Men Telling Tales

Join Matilda Greig as she explores the fascinating lives and afterlives of Napoleon’s soldiers and the stories they told.

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Detail from 'A view of the Engagement at Vinegar Hill, June 21st 1798'
Members Only

31 August 2021, 6.30pm

FREE

The Irish Wars: The Irish Against Napoleon (Lecture 3/3)

Whatever political tensions existed in Ireland in the wake of the 1798 and 1803 Rebellions, Irishmen were never slow to join the British Army in the fight against Napoleon.

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'United Irishmen in training', 1798
Patrons Only

1 September 2021, 6.30pm

FREE

The Pike Dinner

10 June 1798 became known as ‘Pike Sunday’ when Crown forces in Ireland descended en masse, seized hidden pikes and arrested blacksmiths. Join historian Patrick Mercer OBE to find out more about this extraordinary episode in Britain and Ireland’s military history.

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