Part of the project will address visual images of the West India Regiment, such as those held in the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at Brown University Library in Providence, RI. This is the ‘foremost American collection of material devoted to the history and iconography of soldiers and soldiering, and...one of the world’s largest collections devoted to the study of military and naval uniforms’ (http://library.brown.edu/collections/askb/intro.php). Its curator, Peter Harrington, has been very helpful and kindly gave us permission to use one of the collection’s images in our promotional materials. This is a ‘View in the town of Belize...taken from Fort George’ (1848), one of a pair of colour lithographs by Andrew Baynlun (https://repository.library.brown.edu/studio/item/bdr:241751/). It depicts the harbour in the British Central American colony of Belize (known as British Honduras from 1862 to 1973, when it reverted to the name Belize), with soldiers from a detachment of the 1st West India Regiment in the foreground. We’ve been using the soldier standing to attention on the far left as the logo for ASUA, but the two figures in the centre really intrigue me, particularly how the soldier points down at the civilian who crouches next to him. For me, this arrangement captures the superiority felt by West India Regiment soldiers over other people of African descent, perhaps on account of the smart uniform, relative prosperity and sense of purpose that stemmed from military service. For example, John Lloyd Stephens (1805-52), an American explorer and diplomat who visited Belize in 1839, wrote that the soldiers ‘carry themselves proudly, call themselves the “Queen’s Gentlemen,” and look down with contempt’ upon the civilians. Such self-regard and sense of difference from the local population were encouraged by the military authorities. After all, the last thing the British wanted was for their soldiers to identify with the people who they helped to pacify and govern. These themes of military self-identity, relations with non-military populations, and how visual images conveyed such ideas will be important elements of our research.