Photograph of Anglo-Turkish forces (Catalogue reference: WO 78/1078)

This is a brief guide to researching British government and military records of the Crimean War. Crimean War records are wide-ranging, sporadic and are kept in a variety of places. This guide will help you gain a general overview of the main sources of the information that exists, and where to find it. This guide is for people interested in the subject of the Crimean War as opposed to those interested in finding a specific person who fought in the conflict.

  • What records can I see online?

    • There are no significant collections of records on the subject of the Crimean War available online.

  • What records can I find in other archives and organisations?

    • Records held elsewhere

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The Crimean War took place between 1853 and 1856 and was concentrated in the Crimean peninsula of the Russian Empire. The war mainly concerned the British, French, Ottoman and Russian Empires.

There is likely to be some overlap between separate departmentsdepartment - The highest level in our records hierarchy, usually corresponding to the government department of origin on any given subject. For example, a decision made during the Crimean War may have been informed by the Foreign Office (FO), discussed by commanders in the area and then carried out by the Army (WO) and Navy (ADM).