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  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Military Music and Society in the Napoleonic Wars

Detail from 'Changing the Guard at St James's Palace'

Dr Eamonn O'Keeffe highlights the role and importance of military music within British society during the Napoleonic Wars.

The Napoleonic Wars (1803-15) are often remembered for their larger-than-life military leaders, historic battles and the clashing of troops draped in red and blue.

Less frequently focused on is the role of military music during the conflict and how this was embodied in wider society.

In this riveting talk, Dr Eamonn O'Keeffe will explore how military music was utilised by the armed forces and how wider British society viewed these performances.

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About the speaker

Eamonn O’Keeffe

Dr Eamonn O’Keeffe is the National Army Museum Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge. He completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2022. Eamonn’s work has received the André Corvisier Prize, awarded by the International Commission for Military History, and the Pollard Prize, awarded by the Institute for Historical Research.

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