Workshop: Personal and Personnel: Military Records 1790-1820

A workshop at The National Archives to explore how the British Army documented, identified, and managed its officers during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

Participants are invited to attend a hands-on session using archival material held by The National Archives about officers in the British Army.

We’ll be examining what are now War Office records, exploring how individuals wrote about themselves, ways that people were tracked, commented upon, and overseen across the lifecycle of an officer. We’ll also explore the material culture of the records, considering the techniques and processes that created and utilised these records.

We’re interested in inter-disciplinary perspectives, and welcome participation from historians, postgraduate students, archivists, and museum curators.

Travel costs and accommodation for the workshop will be covered. Refreshments will be available during the workshop.

The workshop is part of the AHRC-funded ‘Re-Archiving the Individual’ project.


The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU.

How to attend

If you are interested in attending, please email Simon Quinn with a summary of your interest in the project and/or relevant expertise.

Image: Henry Singleton, An Officer of Light Dragoons Taking Leave of His Wife, 1795, National Army Museum, NAM. 1981-02-28-1. More information is available on the artuk website.