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

How can I view the records covered in this guide?

View online

How many are online?

  • None
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  • All

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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 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?


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.


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

Did you know?

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 departments 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).