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

Irish Service in the British Army

Portraits of four Irish soldiers awarded gallantry medals, c1918

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.

In this Museum Late event, in partnership with the Irish Cultural Centre, we will be exploring the history of Irish regiments and Irish soldiers who have served in the British Army.

Programme highlights

Irish Service in the World Wars

Starts at 7.00pm

Join leading historians Edward Madigan, Joseph Quinn and Glyn Prysor as they discuss the experiences of Irish soldiers in the First and Second World Wars.

Explore the Archive

Delve into our archives to uncover photographs and objects relating to the Irish regiments and their soldiers.

Life of an Irish Soldier

See how the life of an Irish soldier has changed from the 17th century to the present day in this after-hours opening of our Soldier gallery.

Harp and Crown

View our special display exploring the history of Irish regiments and their soldiers. This pop-up exhibition marks the centenary of the disbandment of British Army units that traditionally recruited in southern Ireland until the creation of the Irish Free State.

Music of the Regiments

Performances at 6.30pm and 8.10pm

Join us as the Band of the Irish Guards performs live in the Museum with a mix of traditional and contemporary hits. The band will be accompanied by the regimental mascot: Seamus, the Irish wolfhound.

Irish Language and Music Classes

Pick up a few handy phrases and learn some of the fundamentals of the Irish language with our expert tutors. Or, if you'd prefer a musical skill, have a go at playing traditional Irish instruments like the bodhran and whistle.

About the Irish Cultural Centre

The Irish Cultural Centre (ICC) is based in Hammersmith, London and has been the home of Irish culture in the UK for the last 25 years. Hosting the very best Irish arts and educational programme outside of Ireland, the ICC also plays an active role within the wider community, aiming to promote Irish culture to the Irish diaspora in London and beyond. Celebrating equality, inclusion and diversity, its programme aims to attract people of all ages, backgrounds, interests, and diverse heritages.

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