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The origins of RUSI can be traced back to 1829 when a small coterie of professionally-minded officers called for a 'strictly scientific and professional' approach to the study of military affairs.

Founded in June 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI's first title was 'the Naval and Military Museum', altered in 1839 to 'the United Service Institution'. In 1860, the Institute received a Royal Charter, becoming 'the Royal United Service Institution'. You can find out more about RUSI's history here.