How to look for records of... Crimean War records

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This is a brief guide to researching British government and military records of the Crimean War. The war took place between 1853 and 1856 and involved the British, French and Ottoman Empires and Sardinia allied against Russia.

This guide gives an overview of the main sources of information on the history of the Crimean War rather than on specific people involved.

What do I need to know before I start?

Crimean War records tend to be complicated, involving information from different departments. A decision could have been taken by the Foreign Office (FO), discussed by commanders in the area and carried out by the Army (WO) and Navy (ADM).

What records can I see online?

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

What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?

War Office: commanders’ dispatches (1854-56)

Browse Discovery, our catalogue, for commanders’ dispatches from Crimea during the war from WO 1/368 to WO 1/384. These are arranged chronologically.

Foreign Office general correspondence: France, Russia and Ottoman Empire (1781-1905)

Browse our catalogue for general correspondence relating to the French, Russian and Ottoman Empires before 1906 in FO 27, FO 65 and FO 78 respectively. You will need to use the registers and indexes in FO 605 to access these series.

To access these records you will either need to visit us, pay for research (£) or, where you can identify a specific record reference, order a copy (£).

What records can I find in other archives and organisations?

Records held elsewhere

Search our catalogue and refine your results using the filters.

What other resources will help me find information?

Websites

Search Hansard for Parliamentary debates on the Crimean War.

Explore The National Archives’ British Battles online exhibition on The Crimean War for an interactive history of the conflict.

Search The Times Archive and the Guardian and Observer Digital Archive to view articles (£) about the Crimean War.

Books

Read The Crimean War, British Grand Strategy Against Russia, 1853-1856 by Andrew D Lambert (Manchester University Press Manchester, 1991).