Talk11 May 2023, 18:30 - 20:30
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
Crafting Ceremony: Military Uniforms
Discover the skill involved in creating the military uniforms which make British pageantry so distinctive in this special evening at the National Army Museum. Hear what these uniforms mean to the soldiers who wear them and view items from the museum collection, not normally on display to the public.
Over the last year, soldiers from the British Army have performed a central and visible role in British state ceremony at the Platinum Jubilee and the state funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II. At the coronation of King Charles III, they are set to reprise their important ceremonial duties once again.
The uniforms that soldiers wear at such events are both eye-catching and distinctive, embodying the unique pageantry that accompanies the British monarchy. However, military uniforms also play an important role in shaping a soldier’s identity, with each uniform conveying important information about the wearer’s regiment and rank.
In this special behind-the-scenes evening, learn about the skill that goes into crafting military uniforms and admire a selection of items from the museum collection.
The evening begins with a curator talk focused on the history behind ceremonial uniforms, the traditions associated with them and their significant role in creating military identity.
Following the presentations, attendees have the opportunity to view a selection of uniforms and ceremonial objects that are not normally on display in the museum and chat to curators about their history and significance.