Welcome to the Friends of the Aldershot Military Museum

New Look

To celebrate our 30th anniversary, the home page of the site has a new look. The home page is now more responsive for those of you that are viewing this site on a mobile or wide screen display. The plan is to make each of the content pages responsive, but this will take time as we have over 70 pages! Feedback is welcome.

Latest News

boyce Annual Excursion 2018 - WEDNESDAY 23RD MAY
We are going to Brooklands Museum this year and the price of the ticket is still £25! We have a 22 seater coach to fill, so book early. Tickets on a first come basis. The Itinerary can be found on our Events Page.

boyce FAMM News
Gerry Walters has stepped down from his position as Chairman. This is unfortunate for the Committtee and the Friends and we thank him very much for all his hard work and dedication as Chairman during this very difficult period with all the ongoing changes taking place at the Museum. Thankfully for us all, he stays a member and will continue as our first port of call in the "DIY Department."
In the meantime, Dean Hollands, our Vice Chairman has agreed to be "Acting Chairman" until the November Annual General Meeting. Likewise John Fitzpatrick has stepped up from the ranks of Friends, to be "Acting Vice Chairman."

ht Heritage Trails
Our new Heritage Project Officer as you know is Paul Vickers, and he is significantly involved in developing the Heritage Trails with other groups in and around Aldershot. Paul is working on the content of the Information Panels that will be sited along the various routes. He is seeking support from any Friends who would be interested in helping him, by contributing their specialist military knowledge. Please let him know if you are interested, and he will let you know the details of what he needs.
See our Heritage Trails page for more details.

hh Project Operation Helping Hand
On Wednesday 21 st February, Dean our Project Manager met with Nick Suffolk who is the Hampshire Culture Trust Coordinator for this Project. During the meeting Dean handed over the material collected by the Friends about the vehicles, guns and Montgomery’s Barn so that the proposed improvements can be made.

Nick was delighted with the work undertaken by the Friends and asked that his thanks be passed to all concerned for a job well done, and one which could not have been achieved within the time scales needed without the Friends help and support. Besides the use by the Museum of this information, it will also be uploaded to our Website for you to see.

The Committee would like to thank everyone who helped with the Project and offer a special thanks to Don Macnaughton for the significant contribution he made in making the Project such a success.
Our Projects page will be updated soon with the information.

raptc badge FAMM Talks for 2018
The FAMM Talk for May has been announced: Justin Coll, Chairman of Aldershot Civic Society, will talk about the Aldershot Civic Society
Details can be found on our events page.

raptc badge FAMM Talks for 2018
This first two FAMM Talks for 2018 have been announced. The two speakers are Eli Dawson and Alan Turton.
Details can be found on our events page.

raptc badge RAPTC Museum Website
As I also volunteer at the Royal Army Physical Training Corps Museum, I thought that you might be interested in the museum new web site that has been launched today (5th January 2018).
Click the image to view the web page.

garrison.016 Fit to Fight: A History of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps 1860–2015
A book by Nikolai Bogdanovic has been published and well worth a look. This is a complete history of the RAPTC from its formation to the present day, illustrated with stunning images from the regimental collection, including historical photographs, commissioned pictures of objects and fine art, and facsimile reproductions of documents.
Click the image for details.

garrison.016 Garrison Herald (016) - The rebuilding of Aldershot Military Town in the 1960s
The unedited version Garrison Herald article for October 2017/November 2017 is now available on our website.
Click the image for details.

statue Wellington Statue Information Boards
After time, the Information Boards around the Wellington Statue, commissioned by the Friends, have suffered from the weather. The wooden frames had rotted and there was a build-up of grime behind the Perspex sheets. The signs were in danger of collapsing.

In September 2017, the boards were repositioned on the metal railings around the statue.

Unfortunately, the fixings weren’t strong enough to hold the boards. However, the Friends have rescued the boards. Gerry (our Chairman) has made new frames and has fixed them securely to the metal railing around the statue.
Click the image to see pictures of the new boards.

AHT Maps Aldershot Barrack Finder: Canadian Units
Barracks Finder now includes Canadian Units known to have been stationed in Aldershot in the Second World War. Aldershot became the centre for the Canadian Army Overseas and thousands of Canadians served in Aldershot between 1939 and 1946. In the files of the Aldershot Military Museum are copies of some of the contemporary Location Statements, from the Public Archives of Canada, and from these documents a large number of Canadian units and their locations have been identified and are now listed in the Barracks Finder.
Click the image to go to Barrack Finder.

Book2 Aldershot Military Heritage
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.

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.

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.

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.

Recruiting Posters 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.

Aldershot-Heritage-Trails 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.