State Apartments, Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Andrew CormackAs part of the Chelsea History Festival, Andrew Cormack traces the country’s duty of care to its soldiers back to the founding of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in this absorbing talk.

In the wake of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan there has been renewed interest in the fate of our soldiers. How and why should the government look after the people who fight for it?

In this absorbing talk, Andrew Cormack examines this important question, tracing the concept of caring for the armed forces back to the founding of the Royal Hospital.

When it opened in 1692, demand outstripped the beds available. As a result, out-Pensioners were given support in their homes. But in a time before banks, how did 3,000-odd veterans across Great Britain and Ireland receive their money?

This event is followed by a book signing with the author.

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