Derbyshire’s Late Georgian Militia and Volunteers, Violence, and the Home

It might at first be difficult to imagine why I’m turning my attention towards things military, bearing in mind my other research interests. But for my research on domestic and sexual violence in the past – primarily undertaken as part of a project that incorporates archaeological studies within trauma therapies (see PSP) suggests this field as an interest avenue of investigation, considering the potential for higher incidents of violence within military families. I’ll write a more detailed post on my initial findings In the future (and I hope at some point to provide a talk on the subject).

But in the meantime I’ll mention my visit to Derby’s Pickford’s House Museum Waterloo commemoration last year, which came at a good time as I’d started to go through parish records and newspapers looking for mention of militia activity in Derby. I was fortunate enough to meet and speak with a local  group of historical re-enactors – the Loyal Volunteers Living History Society (shown in the feature image) – who portray late 18th and early 19th century militia and volunteers of Derbyshire. At this event members (particularly Paul Barrass) provided very interesting and useful information about local militia and volunteers at this time. Seeing the group in their kit was a great reminder of the significance of militaristic material culture, and I hope to examine in more detail the effects of militia and volunteer participation affected home life. The group gracefully allowed me to photograph them in their kit, and display the photos here.

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