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    The Royal Fusiliers Museum at the Tower of London

    Key Facts About This Resource

    Fields Empire and Imperialism, Gender and Sexuality, Military
    Geographic Focus Canada, Caribbean, Europe, France, Germany, Great Britain and Ireland, Italy, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand
    Chronology 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s
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    This is a very small archive located inside the Royal Fusiliers Museum located inside the Tower of London complex in London. This archive is practically unknown, but they have a wealth of material that would appeal to anyone studying military history. Their material stretches the breadth of the regiments history with a particularly strong focus in the Boer Wars through the World Wars. 

    What to know:

    • The archive does not have an online finding guide, however, the archivists are extremely helpful. They will happily send you information regarding your topic if you email them in advance. 
    • There is not a separate reading room, so you will be working in the office with the archivist. 
    • Security is intense, so you absolutely have to arrange a visit in advance. You will need to stop by the business office outside of the Tower of London to pick up a badge then use a special entrance to the Tower of London. 
    • The archive is only accessible by a large number of stairs, so if you have mobility issues this archive is not for you. 
    • In the summer, the archive is extraordinarily hot. There is no AC, and there is only a small slit window to allow for air circulation. 
    • The hours are quite limited, so you need to be well prepared to make the best use out of your time here. 

    In the Area: 

    • The archive is located in the Tower of London, so lunch options are extremely limited and quite expensive. 
    • The Tube access is extremely useful. 

    About Jonathan

    I am currently an Adjunct Professor of History at Lynchburg College in Virginia. I received my PhD in Modern British History from Florida State University in 2016. My research explores the way in which competing definitions of masculinity influenced army reform in the mid-nineteenth century. Civilians called for moral reforms; however, they were constantly hampered by politician and military officials' financial concerns. This work offers a number of interventions in the current historiography by exploring issues of corporal punishment, soldiers' sexuality, military suicide, and soldiers' families. 

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