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  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Ireland

The Irish Regiments of the British Army, 1897

The Irish Regiments of the British Army, 1897
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Harp and Crown

To mark the centenary of the disbandment of British Army units that traditionally recruited in southern Ireland, this special display explores the history of Irish regiments and their soldiers.

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Explore Ireland stories

Collar badge of The Ulster Defence Regiment, c1970

The Ulster Defence Regiment

This infantry unit was formed in 1970. It served in Northern Ireland until 1992, when it was merged into The Royal Irish Regiment.

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Cap badge, other ranks, The Royal Irish Rangers, c1970

The Royal Irish Rangers (27th (Inniskilling), 83rd and 87th)

This infantry unit was established in 1968 and recruited in Northern Ireland. It served with the British Army until 1992, when it was merged into The Royal Irish Regiment.

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Cap badge, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers), c1914

The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's)

This infantry unit was established during the 1881 reforms. It recruited in the Irish province of Ulster and served until 1968 when it was merged into The Royal Irish Rangers.

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Glengarry badge, other ranks, 87th (Royal Irish Fusiliers) Regiment, c1874

87th (Royal Irish Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot

This Irish infantry unit was raised in 1793. It served with the British Army until the 1881 reforms, when it was merged into The Royal Irish Fusiliers.

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Glengarry badge, 89th (Princess Victoria’s) Regiment of Foot, c1874

89th (The Princess Victoria's) Regiment of Foot

This Irish infantry unit was raised in 1793. It served with the British Army until the 1881 reforms, when it was merged into The Royal Irish Fusiliers.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, c1930

The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

This Irish infantry unit was established in 1881. Recruiting in Ulster, it existed until 1968, when it was merged into The Royal Irish Rangers.

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Other ranks' glengarry badge, 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot, c1874

27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot

This Irish infantry unit was raised in 1689. It continued in service until the 1881 reforms, when it was merged into The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

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Glengarry badge, 108th Regiment of Foot (Madras Infantry), c1874

108th Regiment of Foot (Madras Infantry)

This unit was originally raised by the East India Company, but later transferred to British Army service. In 1881, it was merged into The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

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Officers' busby badge, The Royal Irish Rifles, c1902

The Royal Irish Rifles

This infantry unit was formed during the 1881 reforms. It continued in British Army service until 1968, when it became part of The Royal Irish Rangers.

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Glengarry badge, other ranks, 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot, c1874

86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot

This Irish infantry unit was raised in 1793 and recruited in Belfast and County Down. It continued in service until the 1881 Army reforms, when it became part of The Royal Irish Rifles.

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Glengarry badge, 83rd (County of Dublin) Regiment, c1874

83rd (County of Dublin) Regiment of Foot

This Irish infantry unit was raised in 1793. It continued in service until the 1881 Army reforms, when it became part of The Royal Irish Rifles.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Irish Guards, c1900

The Irish Guards

Formed in 1900, this regiment has fought in many of the Army’s campaigns. It also guards the Royal Family and takes part in the great ceremonial occasions of state.

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Explore Ireland events

The Irish Regiments of the British Army, 1897
Display

21 June - 31 July 2022

FREE

Harp and Crown

To mark the centenary of the disbandment of British Army units that traditionally recruited in southern Ireland, this temporary pop-up display explores the history of Irish regiments and their soldiers.

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1st Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) in the front line at St Eloi, 1915
Conference

5 July 2022, 10.00am

£15.00

The Irish Soldier in the British Army, 1680-1922

This academic conference will explore the history and legacy of Irish soldiers in the British Army from the 17th century.

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Grenadier cap, Royal Regiment of Ireland, c1710
Tour

5 July 2022, 2.00pm

FREE

Irish Regiments On Display

Join Justin Saddington for a tour of the Museum’s rich collection of objects and archives relating to Irish regiments and their soldiers.

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Grenadier cap, Royal Regiment of Ireland, c1710
Tour

12 July 2022, 11.00am

FREE

Irish Regiments On Display

Join Justin Saddington for a tour of the Museum’s rich collection of objects and archives relating to Irish regiments and their soldiers.

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Grenadier cap, Royal Regiment of Ireland, c1710
Tour

19 July 2022, 11.00am

FREE

Irish Regiments On Display

Join Justin Saddington for a tour of the Museum’s rich collection of objects and archives relating to Irish regiments and their soldiers.

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Portraits of four Irish soldiers awarded gallantry medals, c1918
Museum Late

20 July 2022, 6.00pm

FREE

Irish Service in the British Army

Discover the history of Irish service in the British Army from the 1600s to the present day in this special evening of talks, tours and displays.

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Grenadier cap, Royal Regiment of Ireland, c1710
Tour

26 July 2022, 11.00am

FREE

Irish Regiments On Display

Join Justin Saddington for a tour of the Museum’s rich collection of objects and archives relating to Irish regiments and their soldiers.

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Explore Ireland learning resources

Easter Rising 1916
Video

KS3 (Ages 11 to 14)

Easter Rising 1916

Watch experts from museums in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland sharing their thoughts on objects from our Easter Rising collection.

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