Throughout history, military uniform has been both practical and symbolic. Often interpreted as a reflection of the Army’s discipline, uniform also serves as an embodiment of nationality and identity. From colour to insignia, uniform constitutes a vital part of who the soldier is.
On this guided tour, curator Mel Price will explore the intriguing developments that military uniform has undergone through time. Drawing on the National Army Museum’s rich collection, she will showcase the various ways in which uniform has been adapted to protect soldiers from a range of climates and weapons.
From the intricate details of a Victorian cavalry officer’s uniform to the experimental use of khaki and more recent efforts to protect against chemical warfare, Mel will chart the fascinating history behind military uniform.
The tour will last approximately one hour.
Mel Price is a curator of equipment and uniform at the National Army Museum. Her main interests are in the history of uniform and accoutrements, textiles and the Irish soldier. She is currently researching the Irish soldier in the Victorian army.