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Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Chelsea will bring alive the stories of our courageous Chelsea Pensioners through a series of talks and exhibits.


When Courage Retires: The stories behind some of the most heroic Chelsea Pensioners
Morning session 10.00am - 12.00 (last entrance at 11.00am)
Afternoon session 2.30pm - 4.30 pm (talk starts at 3.00pm, last admittance to exhibition at 4.00pm)

  • Robin Ollington (Talk: Ticketed - afternoon only - start time 3.00pm): 'Before they fade'
    Author and illustrator Robin Ollington recounts stories of courage as told by Chelsea Pensioners for the short biographical series 'Before they fade'. 
  • Courageous women of the Royal Hospital Chelsea (Exhibit: Free)
    In this year; the centenary of suffrage, we take a look at the women that have made waves at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
    From clandestine genders, to the introduction of the first female Chelsea Pensioners: we explore the stories of Hannah Snell, Christina Cavanaugh and contemporary pensioners.
  • Semper audax (Videography: Free): Pensioners engaged in courageous activities 'You can't teach an old dog new tricks' and some of the residents of our sleepy retirement home might surprise you. A short video explores the adrenaline fuelled antics of the Chelsea Pensioners.
  • Great War Portraits (Exhibit: Free): Keith Collman
    A photographic record of veterans met on trips to the battlefields, visits to their homes and reunions. The accompanying biographies tell both touching and intriguing stories of their wartime experiences.

Old lady dressed in the uniform of a Chelsea pensioner
Helen representing the brave women of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in this year dedicated to women's suffrage. Credit: Steve Fanstone


Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4SR

Royal Hospital Chelsea 

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