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Information

Do you have any experiences with military vehicles?

Were you in the Army using these vehicles, or perhaps worked on them as a mechanic?

We are working with the Museum to overhaul and revitalise the information boards for their vehicles collection, to make them more informative and attractive to visitors of all ages.

See our 2017 Project page for more details.


Dean Hollands, from the Friends, will head the first project meeting to discuss the Vehicle Information Boards. Everyone is welcome to come a long. See the events page for details.


HOD Heritage Open Days 2017
Full details have now been released for this years Heritage Open Days. Details can be found on our Heritage Open Days page. Please note that for some of these events you will need to book in advance.

Events this year include:
  • Aldershot Military Cemetery
  • Prince Consort's Library
  • Aldershot Militray Town
Also, The Edge Project are having an exhibition of art works at the Museum over the Heritage Open Days weekend. The art is by students from the University of the Creative Arts in Farnham and is their interpretations of historic places in Aldershot. For details see: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/edge-of-time
 

Book2 Aldershot Military Heritage - Book Signing & Talk
New book release: Aldershot Military Heritage by Paul H. Vickers. This is a available to pre-order on Amazon and is released on 15 July 2017.

See the books page for more details.

Paul will be giving a short talk and signing his new book on the 5th August at 2pm at the Museum.

See the PDF for full details.
 

garrison.013 Garrison Herald (013) - From Egypt to Aldershot: the story of the Mandora Mess tablets
The unedited version Garrison Herald article for April 2017/May 2017 is now available on our website.

Click the image for details.

Book2 Gale & Polden
Our book list has been updated with information on a new book: The Story of Gale & Polden 1866-1981 by David Strong.

See the Books page for more details.
 

Book2 Guns & Drums
Some new pictures from Guns & Drums have been added; provided by Paul Vickers. The Guns & Drums page has moved from "Events" section to the "Museum" section.

See Guns & Drums page for more details.
 

American Memorial Day
28th May 2017
The Friends attend a ceremony for American Memorial Day at the American Battle Monument in Brookwood Cemetery. Click here for details.


Battle of Passchendaele
The 100 years’ anniversary of the start of the Battle of Passchendaele (more correctly known as the 3rd Ypres) is on the 31st July 2017. Paul Vickers has written an article on Aldershot and Passchendaele which can be viewed here.


AHT Maps Aldershot Barrack Finder: 1855 - 1939
The original hand written documents compiled by the late Victor Waller have been found. The Friends have digitised the documents and the results can be seen in our new Barrack Finder.

Barrack Finder now extends back to 1855!

Click the image to go to Barrack Finder.

FAMM Talks Autumn FAMM Talk of 2017
Both of our Autumn talks have been announced:
  • “Bruneval” – Present by Paul Wharam
  • “The Newcombe Narrative” – Presented by Gill Picken
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Audio Audio History
Paul Vickers, local Historian and Vice Chairman of the Friends, talks on Eagle Radio about the origins of Aldershot camp and how this has changed through the years. The recordings were made in 2014 as part of Eagle Radio’s Centenary: From Front Line to Peace Time programs.

Click the image to go to Audio History.

AHT Maps Aldershot Heritage Trails - Interactive Maps
Update: New look maps

A set of interactive maps showing the Aldershot Heritage Trails is available. The main map allows you to drill down into each trail. On each trail you can move your mouse over each location to get a description of that location. For the zones, you can click on the zone to get details of what can be found in that zone. Where trails overlap, you can click to get to that trail. At present we haven’t put up any photographs on the maps, partly due to copyright restricts and party due to that fact that we want you to actual visit the trails.

Note: These interactive maps are best viewed on a computer-PC. Also note that the numbering of the points on the trails are only for reference; you may join the trail at any point.
Click the image to view the maps.

Christmas Museum Historic Recruiting Posters
The old posters in the museum have been replaced with new copies of the orignals. Paid for by a brequest from the late Peter Jenner.
Click the image for details.

Christmas Aldershot Heritage Trails
Aldershot has a wealth of rich military and civilian history, and to celebrate this, we are proposing to create five heritage trails across the town which will highlight the historic buildings and monuments that can be found in the area.
Click the image for details.

Book Aldershot History Tour
New book release: Aldershot History Tour by Paul H. Vickers. See the books page for more details.
 

Donations & Membership

You can make a donation by clicking the Donate button below which will take you to PayPal. You don’t need to have a PayPal account to do this as all major credit and debit cards are also accepted. You can now pay for your membership via PayPal. See the Join us page for more details. Thank you.