Waterloo Study Day: Officers of the British Army 1790-1820 – SYMPOSIUM

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Date / time: 15 June, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

The National Archives

Waterloo Study Day: Officers of the British Army 1790-1820 - SYMPOSIUM


Welcome to the Waterloo Study Day: Officers of the British Army 1790-1820!

Are you researching your family tree? Perhaps you have read all the Sharpe novels and want to know more? Maybe you want to explore the social history of the British Army’s regiments? Or you have wondered what stories are inside the records at The National Archives?

Join us for a day dedicated to studying the history of officers during one of the British Army’s most famous and eventful eras. On the Saturday before the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo that took place on 18 June 1815, this study day launches the British Army Officers database – a brand new tool bringing together 100,000s of specially digitised records.

The British Army Officer database rebuilds the careers of the 10,000s of Army officers in the era in an unprecedented way. Innovative person-linking technology has been developed specifically for the database. It holds all in the information in the annual Army Lists and has automatically linked together relevant units, ranks, dates, and handwritten annotations to digitally reconnect information about individuals, dramatically reducing the time it takes to collect and collate records about an individual. And it also details this linking process in a transparent way, so you can view the probability of matches and alternatives.

Event Highlights:

  • Learn how to search a new database of Army officers
  • Opportunities to talk to experts
  • View original historical records
  • Start your own research journey in The National Archives records

The day is a great opportunity if you:

  • are a family historian with an ancestor who was an officer in the era
  • are researching a particular unit in the period
  • have an artefact from an officer and want to know more about them
  • want to learn more about Army officers in the period

Admission is free. To book your place, go to: