Welcome to the British Army’s Image in Battle, from the Crimean to the Present

This website is the home for research undertaken by undergraduate students enrolled on the module IQ2/30920 in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. This module will commence in September 2021, and will challenge students to conduct original research into the history, composition, engagements or politics of the British Army since the Victorian era.

Working alongside module convenor Dr Christopher Phillips, students will be provided with the opportunity to examine how soldiers, artists, photographers, journalists, film makers, politicians and others have sought to capture, harness, and utilise the British Army’s experiences of warfare from c. 1850 to the present day. The culmination of their research, undertaken between September 2021 and January 2022, will be the production of a 3,000-word web page to be hosted on this site.

Students are currently working on a diverse range of projects, representing the breadth of interests within the student population in the Department of International Politics. Among the topics under investigation this year, students are: interrogating the experiences of women in the modern British Army; analysing the army’s relationship with defeat; examining depictions of the British Army in Northern Irish murals; and documenting the evolution of tank warfare in the army during the Second World War.

Upon completion of this module, students will have acquired the ability to identify and evaluate original documents, to synthesize primary and secondary materials, to conduct and manage a self-directed research project, and to present the findings of their research online in an accessible and scholarly manner.

I hope that you will enjoy reading their work, and if you would like any further information regarding The British Army’s Image in Battle, from the Crimean to the Present, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Christopher Phillips.


Actors portraying First World War soldiers as part of Jeremy Deller's 'we're here because we're here', Glasgow, 2016.
‘we’re here because we’re here’ conceived and created by Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, photo by Eoin Carey: https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/were-here-because-were-here/gallery/#main