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Background imageDuty Collection: Saturday Night at Sea

Saturday Night at Sea
Saturday night at sea - the seamen, off duty, listen as one of their number sings a stirring sea-shanty

Background imageDuty Collection: HMS Victory, Flags and Nelson Quote

HMS Victory, Flags and Nelson Quote
An illustration of Admiral Horatio Nelsons flagship, the HMS Victory with signal flags on display and firing a broadside, set below a depiction of the Royal Standard of the United Kingdom and St

Background imageDuty Collection: Police Officer London

Police Officer London
Police officer on duty in London with a George Vi helmet plate Metropolitan Police

Background imageDuty Collection: German propaganda poster, WW1

German propaganda poster, WW1
German propaganda poster, encouraging women to work in the Home Army during the First World War, for example by working in munitions factories to make grenades for soldiers to use. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageDuty Collection: Metropolitan Police B Division on duty for football match

Metropolitan Police B Division on duty for football match
Officers of the Metropolitan Police B Division on duty for a football match between Fulham FC and West Ham United FC Reserves, competing for the Combination Cup

Background imageDuty Collection: Metropolitan Police officer on traffic duty

Metropolitan Police officer on traffic duty
A Metropolitan Police officer, PC Edward Ridout of Chelsea Police Station, on traffic duty. He is standing by a zebra crossing to help a little boy across the road

Background imageDuty Collection: The Coldstream Guards taking over the Colour

The Coldstream Guards taking over the Colour
circa 1910s

Background imageDuty Collection: Coldstream Guards on a Christmas and New Year card

Coldstream Guards on a Christmas and New Year card, changing sentry duty in the snow. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageDuty Collection: Four early women police officers in uniform, WW1

Four early women police officers in uniform, WW1
Four early women police officers in uniform, in the street outside the Women Police Service building, London, on duty during the First World War. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageDuty Collection: Police in London

Police in London
Police officers on the radio in the street in London. Metropolitan Police

Background imageDuty Collection: Postman in the Snow

Postman in the Snow
This stalwart postman does his duty and delivers the post rain or shine, or in this case, thick winter snow. No chance of exceeding the 30 mile per hour speed limit!

Background imageDuty Collection: Kay Snap - Mr Bobby the Policeman

Kay Snap - Mr Bobby the Policeman. 1930s

Background imageDuty Collection: LCC-LFB Merryweather self-propelled Hatfield pump

LCC-LFB Merryweather self-propelled Hatfield pump
Merryweather Hatfield pump, with crew. This was one of the first motorised fire engines used by the London Fire Brigade, capable of 30 mph

Background imageDuty Collection: Carousel Music Cover

Carousel Music Cover
All the fun of a merry-go- round, enjoyed for a penny a ride by all, including off- duty soldiers and their sweethearts

Background imageDuty Collection: Police on Duty

Police on Duty
Police officers talking to an Asian man in the street. Metropolitan Police

Background imageDuty Collection: A robot to open an exhibition: the new mechanical man

A robot to open an exhibition: the new mechanical man
Photograph and sketches of an aluminium man, the first British robot invented by Captain Richards and Mr. A.H. Refell. The machine could rise, bow and make a speech

Background imageDuty Collection: LCC-MFB funeral of Fireman Martin Sprague

LCC-MFB funeral of Fireman Martin Sprague
View of the funeral procession of Fireman Martin Sprague, who was killed in a fire. Showing the start of the procession from MFB headquarters in Southwark Bridge Road to Highgate Cemetery in North

Background imageDuty Collection: HMS Helmsdale, North Atlantic, 1944

HMS Helmsdale, North Atlantic, 1944
Painting showing HMS Helmsdale, a River class Frigate of the Royal Navy, on convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic, 1944

Background imageDuty Collection: Monk Wine Cellar 14 Cent

Monk Wine Cellar 14 Cent
A conscientious monk tastes the monastery wine to make sure it is ageing well and keeping in good condition, a duty which must be performed from time to time

Background imageDuty Collection: Law / Police / Britain

Law / Police / Britain
Duty and Pleasure A policeman on duty on a snowy night in a fashionable London square, while some of the residents set off for an evening of leisure

Background imageDuty Collection: Officer and Unicyclist

Officer and Unicyclist
Police Constable on point duty directing a member of Bertram Mills Circus to Olympia, Hammersmith, London

Background imageDuty Collection: German Uses Binoculars

German Uses Binoculars
German soldier on observation duty using binoculars

Background imageDuty Collection: Woman police officer attending an accident

Woman police officer attending an accident where a man appears to have fallen off a ladder. She is speaking into her hand-held radio. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageDuty Collection: Woman police officer in new Surrey uniform

Woman police officer in new Surrey uniform
Woman police officer (Eileen Greenwood) in the new Surrey uniform introduced in 1973. The jacket was single-breasted with four buttons, and the hat was in black and white with a checked design

Background imageDuty Collection: Woman police officer in Hartnell uniform, London

Woman police officer in Hartnell uniform, London
Woman police officer (Margaret Miles) in a London street, wearing the new style Norman Hartnell uniform, introduced in 1968. Date: circa late 1960s

Background imageDuty Collection: Traffic Police C. 1900

Traffic Police C. 1900
Three police officers, one in uniform and two in plain clothes working together to catch speeding motorists. The two plain clothed policemen hold stopwatches

Background imageDuty Collection: Woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, London

Woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, London
A woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, at Kennington, London, wearing belted jacket (summer uniform), helmet with badge, white shirt and tie, and duty armband. Date: 1933

Background imageDuty Collection: Woman police officer Annie Matthews, Hyde Park, London

Woman police officer Annie Matthews, Hyde Park, London
Woman police officer Annie Matthews (nickname Big Ben), on duty at the childrens lido in Hyde Park, London. Before joining the Met Police, Annie worked as a housemaid at Glamis Castle in Scotland

Background imageDuty Collection: Poster, England Expects Every Man to do his Duty

Poster, England Expects Every Man to do his Duty and Join the Army Today. Recruitment for the First World War. circa 1914-1915

Background imageDuty Collection: Ammunition Bus, First World War

Ammunition Bus, First World War
Motor bus loaded with ammunition and well guarded leaving the magazine in Hyde Park during World War I

Background imageDuty Collection: WW2 era - Comic Postcard - For Evermore

WW2 era - Comic Postcard - For Evermore
The Caption is For evermore. Ground facilities for the fly boys was the responsibiiity of the RAF Regiment. The Prime Ministers message on the back is We shall continue steadfast in faith

Background imageDuty Collection: Woman police officer Kathleen Saville, London, WW2

Woman police officer Kathleen Saville, London, WW2
Woman police officer Kathleen Saville (joined January 1940), on duty in London during the Second World War, seen here at a railway station helping a group of child evacuees find their train

Background imageDuty Collection: Memorial Plate - Portraits of Kitchener and Jellicoe

Memorial Plate - Portraits of Kitchener and Jellicoe
Memorial Plate. England expects that every man will do his duty and. did his. Contains portraits of Kitchener and Jellicoe. Commemorative Ware

Background imageDuty Collection: Firefighters playing billiards in fire station

Firefighters playing billiards in fire station
Firemen playing billiards in a fire station. Date: early 20th century

Background imageDuty Collection: Two women police officers and woman with suitcase

Two women police officers and woman with suitcase
Two women police officers (Jean Grasy and Margaret Findlay or Knight), one of them a sergeant, talking to a young woman with a suitcase on a London street. (1 of 2) Date: circa 1960s

Background imageDuty Collection: Duties of a large bombers crew by G. H. Davis

Duties of a large bombers crew by G. H. Davis
The duties of a large bombers crew of seven during the Second World War. Every man has a special task allotted to him. Showing a 27-ton heavy bomber over its target in Germany. Date: 1942

Background imageDuty Collection: King Edward VII opening University College School, Hampstead

King Edward VII opening University College School, Hampstead on July 26th, 1907 Date: 1907

Background imageDuty Collection: Wartime poster, Britain Expects

Wartime poster, Britain Expects that you too, this day, will do your duty. Suggesting that civilians as well as soldiers have a role to play in the war effort. 1940s

Background imageDuty Collection: Reading War Hospital, Reading, Berkshire

Reading War Hospital, Reading, Berkshire
During the First World War, the Reading Union workhouse (opened 1867) on Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire, was used as a military hospital

Background imageDuty Collection: Hindu Sahdus near Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

Hindu Sahdus near Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
Two Sadhus pose for a photograph on a road near Orchha, Madhya Pradesh Province, India. In Hinduism, sadhu is a common term for an ascetic or practitioner of yoga (yogi)

Background imageDuty Collection: Police on Walkie Talkie

Police on Walkie Talkie
Police officers talking on a walkie talkie in the street at Notting Hill Underground Station, London Metropolitan Police

Background imageDuty Collection: Stiebel / Wrns Mess Wear

Stiebel / Wrns Mess Wear
A design by Victor Stiebel for WRNS (Womens Royal Naval Service) officers mess undress, comprising of a long skirt, blouse with revered collar and bolero jacket

Background imageDuty Collection: U Monk in Wine Cellar

U Monk in Wine Cellar
U A conscientious monk tastes the monastery wine to make sure it is ageing well and keeping in good condition, a duty which must be performed

Background imageDuty Collection: Policeman & Traffic

Policeman & Traffic
A policeman on traffic duty sees a group of children safely across a busy city street, holding up the traffic with outstretched arm

Background imageDuty Collection: Roman Soldier on Guard

Roman Soldier on Guard
A Roman soldier, on guard duty on a cold winters day, watches as festive fare is carried to the banqueting hall

Background imageDuty Collection: Waterloo Place, London - The Crimea Monument

Waterloo Place, London - The Crimea Monument
HMS Victorys Signal. The flaghoist signals used by Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) at the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), England expects that every man will do his duty

Background imageDuty Collection: School Sentry 1914

School Sentry 1914
A member of the Artists Rifles (Territorial Army Regiment) on sentry duty at the entrance to Lancing Street L.C.C. School at Kings Cross, London, in the first week of war. Date: 5 August 1914

Background imageDuty Collection: Naval Coastguardsman

Naval Coastguardsman
Naval coastguardsman, whose duty is to make sure that no dastardly foreigners invade our sceptred isle



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