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"Helmets: Guardians of Courage and Resilience Throughout History" From the skies above to the depths below, they have stood as symbols of bravery and protection

Background imageHelmets Collection: Formula 1 2024: Monaco GP

Formula 1 2024: Monaco GP
CIRCUIT DE MONACO, MONACO - MAY 25: Charles Leclerc, Scuderia Ferrari, celebrates in Parc Ferme after securing pole during the Monaco GP at Circuit de Monaco on Saturday May 25, 2024 in Monte Carlo

Background imageHelmets Collection: Churchills praise for RAF Pilots

Churchills praise for RAF Pilots
" Never was so much owed by so many to so few" - Prime Minister Winston Churchill from a speech made on 20th August 1940

Background imageHelmets Collection: Firefighters on a tea break after fire St Katherines Dock

Firefighters on a tea break after fire St Katherines Dock
London firefighters (with cork helmets) and Auxiliary Fire Service firefighters (with tin hats and AFS badges on their tunics)

Background imageHelmets Collection: D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach

D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach
American assault troops prepare to disembark their landing craft as it approaches the beach head, Omaha Beach. The smoke visible in the background attests to the massive naval artillery assault

Background imageHelmets Collection: Miner at Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall

Miner at Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall
Miner at work with a drill underground (below the sea) in Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall, which was just about to cease operation. Date: circa 1986

Background imageHelmets Collection: Ancient Roman costume

Ancient Roman costume from the time of the late Roman Republic -- warriors, legionnaires (infantry soldiers), a cavalryman, a centurion, an emperor in purple (red), an ensign bearer

Background imageHelmets Collection: The Light Dragoons 1790 - 1992

The Light Dragoons 1790 - 1992
The evolving uniform of The Light Dragoons. From Left - 13th Light Dragoons 1790, 18th Light Dragoons 1810, 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Marys Own) 1930, The Light Dragoons 1st December 1992

Background imageHelmets Collection: Three jockeys fighting to come in first, front view

Three jockeys fighting to come in first, front view

Background imageHelmets Collection: LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey

LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey
A major docklands fire at Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey, SE London. It happened during a particularly cold spell for March. The attack on the fire by a large number of firefighters

Background imageHelmets Collection: The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain
A circular painting depicting the brave men of the Royal Airforce on the ground and in action during the Battle of Briatin

Background imageHelmets Collection: Project Mercury 7

Project Mercury 7
The original 7 Project Mercury astronauts. Top row (l to r): Alan Shepard, V I Gus Grissom, L G Cooper. Front row (l to r) Walter M Schirra, D K Slayton John Glenn and Scott Carpenter

Background imageHelmets Collection: LFB horse drawn steamer at modern LFB review

LFB horse drawn steamer at modern LFB review
Lambeth, headquarters of the London Fire Brigade, hosted annual displays and regular reviews of the Brigade. A popular feature was the inclusion of the working Victorian Shand Mason horse drawn steam

Background imageHelmets Collection: LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey

LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey
A major docklands fire at Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey, SE London. It happened during a particularly cold spell for March. The attack on the fire by a large number of firefighters

Background imageHelmets Collection: Colonel Rollet, French Foreign Legion, France, WW1

Colonel Rollet, French Foreign Legion, France, WW1
Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Frederic Rollet (1875-1941), General in the French Foreign Legion, Regiment de Marche. Seen here during the First World War, probably at Verdun, northern France

Background imageHelmets Collection: Coldstreamers in a Great charge by the guards on the Somme

Coldstreamers in a Great charge by the guards on the Somme
On 15th September 1916, Guards including the Coldstreamers, Grenadiers and the Irish, captured Martinpuich, formerly in German hands and Courcelette and over 2300 prisoners. 15th September 1916

Background imageHelmets Collection: Coal miners

Coal miners relaxing after a shift. This is a coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photographed in May 1987 when Ukraine was still part of the USSR

Background imageHelmets Collection: Police Motorcycle Team at Crystal Palace

Police Motorcycle Team at Crystal Palace
The Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Team at Crystal Palace Centre. Five of the riders are wearing white corker helmets and all are riding White Triumph motorcycles with white legshields

Background imageHelmets Collection: Truro City Police, Truro, Cornwall. Probably around 1890

Truro City Police, Truro, Cornwall. Probably around 1890
A group of Truro City Police photographed outside against a backdrop of trees. Truro was granted city status in 1877 at which point the force was renamed from Truro Borough Police to Truro City

Background imageHelmets Collection: LCC-LFB changeover from brass to cork fire helmets

LCC-LFB changeover from brass to cork fire helmets
Two firemen in the foreground wearing new style cork helmets and Proto Mark IV breathing apparatus sets. The man on the right is from Station 34, Shadwell

Background imageHelmets Collection: Met Police officers during Grunwick dispute

Met Police officers during Grunwick dispute
Two Metropolitan Police officers relax on deckchairs in The Mall, Central London, waiting for a political demonstration over the Grunwick dispute to begin

Background imageHelmets Collection: Police and Fire Brigade attending a fire at Chelsea FC

Police and Fire Brigade attending a fire at Chelsea FC
Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade attending a fire at Chelsea FC. This photograph by Sub-Inspector C R C Turner shows Inspector A J Jones (Officer in Charge) and others at Walham Green

Background imageHelmets Collection: German helmet WWI

German helmet WWI
One of the many steel helmets from World War I which farmers still find when they are ploughing their fields

Background imageHelmets Collection: House to house fighting in Stalingrad, USSR

House to house fighting in Stalingrad, USSR
House to house fighting during the bitter battle amongst the ruins of the battered city of Stalingrad (Volgograd), USSR

Background imageHelmets Collection: Police in the Snow

Police in the Snow
A group of Metropolitan Police Officers stand in a line in the snow

Background imageHelmets Collection: The Continence of Scipio, c. 1706 (oil on canvas)

The Continence of Scipio, c. 1706 (oil on canvas)
5860855 The Continence of Scipio, c.1706 (oil on canvas) by Ricci, Sebastiano (1658-1734); 140--182 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageHelmets Collection: The pier at Entebbe, Uganda - Lake Victoria

The pier at Entebbe, Uganda - Lake Victoria
The pier at Entebbe, Uganda on the shore of Lake Victoria with the steam ferryboats Clement Hill (on left) which was in service between 1906-36 and either the Winifred or Sybil (on the right)

Background imageHelmets Collection: Police Equipment

Police Equipment
Selection of Metropolitan Police equipment including truncheons, helmets, notebooks and whistles

Background imageHelmets Collection: General Moltke and Kaiser Wilhelm II

General Moltke and Kaiser Wilhelm II
The Chief of General Staff, General Helmuth von Moltke and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany observing the German troops in training. Date: 1914

Background imageHelmets Collection: Jockeys riding in horse race, spectators in background, side view

Jockeys riding in horse race, spectators in background, side view

Background imageHelmets Collection: Policemen in station parade room, London

Policemen in station parade room, London
Four policemen stand ready in their uniforms, with notebooks, whistles and truncheons, in the station parade room at Ruislip, north west London, watched by their commanding officer

Background imageHelmets Collection: A boy with a BMX bike and wearing a BMX outfit. 25th November 1983

A boy with a BMX bike and wearing a BMX outfit. 25th November 1983

Background imageHelmets Collection: The last shift of miners prepare to go down Boldon Colliery bringing to a close 116 years

The last shift of miners prepare to go down Boldon Colliery bringing to a close 116 years of coal production

Background imageHelmets Collection: Inspector Alice B Clayden and her brothers, London

Inspector Alice B Clayden and her brothers, London
Woman police officer, Inspector Alice Bertha Clayden, with her three brothers (together with Sergeant Henry Pegler) in the yard of Crawford Place Police Station, London W1 -- the brothers are

Background imageHelmets 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 imageHelmets Collection: LCC-LFB firefighters change from brass to cork fire helmets LFB150

LCC-LFB firefighters change from brass to cork fire helmets LFB150
Two firemen in the foreground wearing new style cork helmets and Proto Mark IV breathing apparatus sets. The man on the right is from Station 34, Shadwell

Background imageHelmets Collection: Metropolitan Fire Brigade helmet

Metropolitan Fire Brigade helmet
Metropolitan Fire Brigade brass helmet, used until replaced by a cork version in the 1930s

Background imageHelmets Collection: LCC-LFB Fireman in his fire kit with new cork helmet

LCC-LFB Fireman in his fire kit with new cork helmet
A London fireman in his fire kit, including the new style compressed cork helmet with its LFB crest, which replaced the traditional brass helmets used since the days of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade

Background imageHelmets Collection: LCC-LFB Change from brass to cork fire helmets

LCC-LFB Change from brass to cork fire helmets
A significant landmark when on 14 July 1934 the LFB started to replace its traditional brass helmet with a new compressed cork design. It would be four years before the changeover was completed

Background imageHelmets Collection: Miner Ken Black clocking off the last underground shift at Bates Pit, Blyth in May 1986

Miner Ken Black clocking off the last underground shift at Bates Pit, Blyth in May 1986

Background imageHelmets Collection: Firefighters outside a canteen van, Battersea, London

Firefighters outside a canteen van, Battersea, London
Firefighters in traditional brass helmets enjoying some refreshments outside a canteen van in Battersea Park, London, watched by a boy on roller skates. Date: 1937

Background imageHelmets Collection: Gifts from Germans following the Christmas truce, WW1

Gifts from Germans following the Christmas truce, WW1
British non-commissioned officers pose with gifts and souvenirs given to them by Germans after the informal truce which took place at certain points along the Western Front in December 1914

Background imageHelmets Collection: Picture No. 10983323

Picture No. 10983323
Dog - German Shepherd - 3 months old wearing police helmet Digital Manipulation Date:

Background imageHelmets Collection: Dennis fire engine with crew

Dennis fire engine with crew
A Dennis fire engine with crew in cork helmets

Background imageHelmets Collection: Futuristic underwater croquet

Futuristic underwater croquet. The players are all wearing diving helmets with oxygen packs on their backs

Background imageHelmets Collection: Tour De Yorkshire Cycling Race

Tour De Yorkshire Cycling Race
Wyatt 9

Background imageHelmets Collection: Woman police officer, Inspector Alice B Clayden, London

Woman police officer, Inspector Alice B Clayden, London
Woman police officer, Inspector Alice Bertha Clayden, London. She also had three brothers in the police force. In 1922, during the period of the so-called Geddes Axe when the government of the day

Background imageHelmets Collection: Inspector Alice B Clayden outside Buckingham Palace

Inspector Alice B Clayden outside Buckingham Palace
Woman police officer, Inspector Alice Bertha Clayden, outside Buckingham Palace on 2 January 1928. Her brother Sergeant Alfred William Clayden (second from left)

Background imageHelmets Collection: Inspector Alice B Clayden outside Buckingham Palace

Inspector Alice B Clayden outside Buckingham Palace
Woman police officer, Inspector Alice Bertha Clayden (second from right), outside Buckingham Palace on 2 January 1928. Her brother Sergeant Alfred William Clayden (second from left)



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"Helmets: Guardians of Courage and Resilience Throughout History" From the skies above to the depths below, they have stood as symbols of bravery and protection. Just like how Churchill praised RAF pilots for their indomitable spirit during World War II, these head gears have shielded countless heroes in various endeavors. In St Katherines Dock, after a fierce fire had been tamed, firefighters take a well-deserved tea break. Their helmets rest beside them, silent witnesses to their tireless efforts in safeguarding lives and property. Deep within Geevor Tin Mine in Cornwall, a miner dons his helmet before descending into the treacherous darkness, and is this simple yet vital piece of equipment that gives him confidence as he faces the challenges underground. On Omaha Beach during D-Day's landing in France, soldiers storm ashore with helmets firmly strapped on. These protective shells become their shields against enemy fire as they fight valiantly for freedom amidst chaos and uncertainty. The Light Dragoons' journey from 1790 to 1992 showcases how helmets evolved over time while remaining essential for cavalrymen's safety on horseback. From ancient Roman costumes to modern-day military gear, these headpieces adapt but never lose sight of their purpose – shielding those who wear them. Project Mercury 7 astronauts venture into space wearing specialized helmets designed to withstand unimaginable conditions beyond Earth's atmosphere. With each mission pushing boundaries further than ever before, these futuristic headgear ensure their survival amid the vast unknown. Fast forward to Formula 1 2022 at Abu Dhabi GP; drivers zip around racetracks at incredible speeds while relying on state-of-the-art helmets for both protection and aerodynamics. The pinnacle of motorsport demands utmost precision where every second counts - making these high-tech helmets indispensable assets for victory seekers. In an intense horse race captured from a front view perspective, three jockeys fiercely compete with determination etched on their faces.