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The friends organise four talks per year. A wide range of topics are covered, not just military, many are about local history.

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2018 Agenda


FAMM Committee Meeting

Wednesday 7th February, 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

This is the next Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


FAMM Committee Meeting

Wednesday 4th April, 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

This is the next Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


FAMM Talk: "Fighting Fit:
The birth and rise of physical training in the British Army"

Wednesday 18th April 2018, 19:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

Speaker: Eli Dawson
We welcome Eli Dawson for the first time. He is a museum professional by training and has held positions in a number of military museums. He is currently the Curator of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps Museum.


FAMM Talk: “Aldershot Civic Society”

Wednesday 16th May, 19:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

Speaker: Justin Coll – Chairman of Aldershot Civic Society

The Friends welcome this first opportunity to hear first hand from Aldershot’s Civic Society Chairman Justin Coll himself. He will outline the background and development of the Civic Society, and even more important, explain its present role in the local community in regard to the modern expansion of Aldershot Town.


Annual Excursion 2018 - Brooklands Museum

Wednesday 23rd May, 10:00 hrs - 16:30 hrs

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


FAMM Committee Meeting

Wednesday 30th May, 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

This is the next Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


FAMM Talk: "The British Red Coat of the Mid-Eighteenth Century"

Wednesday 20th June, 19:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

Speaker: Alan Turton

Alan is a well known military historian, hence the subject of this Talk. He specialises in the English Civil War and the period up to the mid-18th century. Interestingly from 1987-2011 he was Curator of the English Civil War site of Basing House, which underwent the longest siege of the English Civil War, and once the largest private house in Tudor England.



FAMM Committee Meeting

Wednesday 25th July, 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

This is the next Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


FAMM Talk: “Horse racing in Aldershot 1856 – 1927”

Wednesday 20th September, 19:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

Speaker: Roger Deason – Friends of Aldershot Military Museum

Roger Deason presents a talk based upon his research into the history of horse racing in Aldershot, research which pushed the known starting date of racing in Aldershot back and uncovered two forgotten race courses. Roger looks back to a time when royalty, nobility, military heroes and pickpockets came together in their thousands at Aldershot to watch the racing. The talk will reveal an episode Winston Churchill carefully airbrushed out of his life story and long forgotten men who deserve to be better remembered, such as Roddy Owen. Grand National and V.C. winners, Tutankhamun and Thomas the Tank Engine also pop up in the intriguing history of horse racing in Aldershot……

Roger is a member of the Friends of Aldershot Military Museum and is currently finishing work on the history of the pubs and breweries of Aldershot. He is probably better known for his work on Aldershot in World War One.



FAMM Talk: Historic Graffiti

Wednesday 17thOctober, 19:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

Speaker: Jamie Ingram - Doctoral research student in Archaeology, University of Southampton

I will talk on my continuing research activities focusing on the use of historic graffiti as evidence for religious activity in the past. The talk will start with an overview of the nature of graffiti and the new academic interest in the study of it and the range of the graffiti marks discovered across Sussex, Hampshire and Wiltshire. I will then focus on the graffiti surveys at Chichester Cathedral and St Nicholas Church Arundel, where I will show how this new form of evidence is opening a window into the study of past religious practice and the activities of lay worshipers in the middle ages.

As a doctoral student at the University of Southampton I Specialise in Medieval (1100 to 1500) English Pilgrimage and the associated informal religious practices. My research focuses on the exploration of the personal encounter with the divine in a period where religious devotion and encounter was normally mediated by the church.


2017 Agenda


FAMM Committee Meeting

Wednesday 1st February, 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

This is the next Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


FAMM Committee Meeting

Tuesday 4th April, 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

This is the next Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


FAMM Committee Meeting

Tuesday 4th April, 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

This is the next Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


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FAMM Talk: "Les Tommettes"
Women Soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force 1917-21

Wednesday 19th April, 19:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

Bianca Taubert, Assistant Curator at the AGC Museum, Winchester will give a talk detailing the formation, work and experiences of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in France during the First World War.


THE GERMAN SPRING OFFENSIVE, MARCH-JULY 1918
THE GERMAN SPRING OFFENSIVE, MARCH-JULY 1918© IWM (Q 304)

FAMM Talk: "Albert's WW1 Wartime Diaries"
- Ambulance Trains And Hospital Ships

Wednesday 17th May, 19:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

Andy Skinner, who at the present time works at the Southampton City Council as its Learning and Volunteer Coordinator. Much of his role, involves the task of making History more accessible to Museums and Heritage venues not only locally but nationwide. He also finds the time to give Talks to a variety of Groups, including the U3A, about his own special interests. So the Friends welcome Andy to Aldershot to give a Talk, on what started out for him as a piece of personal family history research, but developed into a fascinating journey of discovery. His Great, Great Uncle Albert Dartnell served as a RAMC Medical Orderly in WW1 on Ambulance Trains and Hospital Ships centred on Southampton. The diaries start with Albert as a 17 year old covering the years 1915-1917. Indeed few other diaries of this time from other serving Ambulance Train personnel have survived. Then Andy charts the pivotal role the Medical Services at Southampton had in getting our wounded men home.


FAMM COACH EXCURSION:
Eltham Palace and Gardens

Friday 19th May, All Day - 08:45 prompt

Our full day trip this year takes us to Eltham Palace and Gardens at Eltham, London looked after by English Heritage. A Palace full of historical interest from Medieval times, to Tudor, to 1930’s Art Deco mansion. There is a splendid Medieval Hall to admire and large gardens to wander in.

We will have a Guided Tour of the Palace in the morning, then the rest of the day is yours to enjoy.

See the Offical Eltham Palace & Gardens Webite for details.


Museum Talk:
Spivs, Scoundrels, Rogues and Worse…

Saturday 20th May, 14:00 hrs

Penny Legg reveals the shocking truth behind wartime crime in this fascinating talk.

Free Event. All Welcome.

Click image to view the PDF for more information.


Farnborough Library Talk:
"Russia and Europe: What Next?"

Saturday 27th May, 14:00 hrs

Passions are running high in Ukraine and the breakaway states of the Caucasus. John Pilkington, award winning adventurer for BBC Radio 4, spent five months here and, although none the wiser about what Mr Putin is planning, he did get a surprising insight into the Russian and Ukrainian people and their sadness about past and present conflicts. Accompanied, as ever, by stunning photographs.

Tickets £5, including refreshments. Click here to view the PDF which contains full details.


FAMM Committee Meeting

Wednesday 31st May, 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

This is the next Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


Farnborough Library Talk:
"Jane Austen and the Military"

Tuesday 6th June, 19:30 hrs

Jane Austen includes several characters in her novels who are (or have been) in the military. This is not surprising, as through most of her writing career Britain was locked in a titanic struggle against Napoleonic France, in which battles such as Trafalgar and Waterloo were fought. But what does she tell us about the military of her time, and how accurate are her accounts? Join author and historian Rupert Matthews as he looks at some of Austen’s most famous characters and their military connections.

Tickets £6. Click here to view the PDF which contains full details.


Aldershot Library Talk:
"Sharpe’s Army"

Saturday 10th June, 14:00 hrs

You’ve read the books and seen the TV series – but what was life really like for those fighting in the Napoleonic Wars? Join Kevin Lawless of Coldstream Guards 1815 for a presentation looking into all aspects of the military at this time.

Tickets £3. Click here to view the PDF which contains full details.


War on the Line

The Watercress Line: "War on the Line"

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June

Experience the Golden Age of Steam Travel and life on a WWII railway. See the Watercress Line web site for prices and booking details (if you were born before or during 1945 then the ticket price is free, but you will still need to book).


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Falklands 35th Anniversary: Aldershot Military Cemetery

Sunday 18th June, 10:00 hrs

The Parachute Regiment Association will be holding a Drumhead Service at Aldershot Military Cemetery to mark the 35th anniversary of the Falklands War.

Brief timings for the day are as:

1000 Aldershot Military Cemetery Opens
1130 Drumhead Service at Aldershot Military Cemetery
Move to Princess Hall
1330 Parade Steps Off
1600 Formal End of Event

For those who would rather stay in Aldershot, there will be a large screen, real-time screening of the service on a big screen in Prince's Gardens. There will also be a beer tent in Prince's Gardens!

Click here for more details.


FAMM Committee Meeting

Wednesday 19th July, 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

This is the next Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


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Operation Helping Hand Briefing

Saturday 29th July, 13:00 hrs - Boyce Build in the Museum

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 project page for more details on the project.


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Aldershot Military Heritage - Book Signing & Talk

Saturday 5th August, 14:00 hrs - Boyce Build in the Museum

Paul Vickers 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.


Family Day at Brookwood Military Cemetery

Saturday 2nd Sept, 10:00 hrs - 16:00 hrs

Explore war graves, iconic architecture and CWGC horticulture at our free open day at the UK's largest Commonwealth War Graves Commision cemetery.

View the PDF for more details.


FAMM Committee Meeting

Wednesday 6st Sept, 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

This is the next Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


Guided walk around the Aldershot Military Cemetery

Sat Sept 9th, 10:00 hrs

This event is being held in Aldershot as part of Heritage Open Days 2017.

A guide to some of the notable graves and the lives commemorated, including 3 holders of the VC.

Meet by the Cemetery Chapel, Gallwey Road.

Places limited - book in adavance on 01252 621221

More details on our Heritage Open Days page.


Prince Consort's Library

Sun Sept 10th, from 10:00 hrs to 16:00 hrs

This event is being held in Aldershot as part of Heritage Open Days 2017.

See inside the Victorian militray library founded in 1860. Talks on the library's history at 11:30 and 14:30.

Knollys Road, Aldershot, GU11 1PDS.

No need to book, just come along

More details on our Heritage Open Days page.


Guided walk around the historic Aldershot Military Town

Sun Sept 10th 10:00 hrs

This event is being held in Aldershot as part of Heritage Open Days 2017.

Length approx. 4 miles, duration 3.5 hours. Includes the 11:30 talk at the Prince Consort's Library, and visit to the Alexander Observatory.

Meet at the car park at the corner of Queen's Avenue and Prince's Avenue.

Places limited - book in advance on 01252 621221

More details on our Heritage Open Days page.


Presentation

FAMM Talk:
"Bruneval"

Wednesday 20th September, 19:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

The Talk is about the combined operation, which involved all three main Services during WW11. The objective was to set out and steal part of the German Radar System, so that it could be studied and effective counter measures developed. Come to the Talk and find out more…

Our Speaker is Paul Wharam, a local historian and member of the Friends. Since his retirement as Local Government Officer, he has given many Talks to local organisations. He says his interest in Military History began at the age of 13 when he read “Great Escape Stories” by Eric Williams. Since then his interests have widened to include the Napoleonic Wars, American Civil War, WW1 and WW11.


FAMM Committee Meeting

Wednesday 27th Sept, 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

This is the next Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


Outdoor Cinema Screening at Brookwood Military Cemetery

Saturday 30th Sept, 17:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation presents a specail open air screening of the classic war film - Carve Her Name With Pride.

View the PDF for more details.


Presentation

FAMM Talk:
"The Newcombe Narrative"

Wednesday 18th October, 19:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

This Talk “The Newcombe Narrative” will appeal to those who have a keen interest in the local social history of the Aldershot area. The Newcombe Family were a well-known established family in Tongham village. Our speaker has traced the lives of various members of the family, which has brought to light some intriguing family personalities.

Our Speaker Gill Picken, is a celebrated local historian, with many published local history books to her credit. Her “other life” was of full time Librarian at various libraries within the local area. She finds time to give talks to local organisations, being a grandmother, as well as commitments in Farnham Museum and to countless other interests.


FAMM Committee Meeting

Wednesday 8th Nov, 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

This is the next Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


FAMM AGM

Wednesday Nov 15th 18:30 hrs - Boyce Building, in the Museum

This AGM will also include the annual Victor Waller award.

Light refreshments will be available.

This year we are celebrating the Friends 30th Anniversary, so please come a long.


2016 Agenda


FAMM Talk:
Royal Navy Carrier Strike Capability

Wed April 20th 19:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

John Fitzpatrick - Commander Royal Navy will give a Talk about this topical subject, with which he has great insight, as he is a member of the team involved in the development of this project.


FAMM Committee Meeting

Wed April 27th 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


FAMM Talk:
The Normandy Beaches

Wed May 18th 19:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the scheduled "An Army of Olympians" for the time being.

We have been very lucky, at such short notice, to gently persuade our new Member and Volunteer DEAN HOLLANDS (currently giving a variety of military tour talks while on the actual Normandy Beaches) that he really needs to come home just briefly and give us one of his talks!


FAMM Committee Meeting

Thr June 2nd 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


Public Event:
Victoria Day

Sat June 11th

Various events in Aldershot Town center will be taking place for the annual Victoria Day. This years events also includes The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.

See Rushmoor's website for more details:

http://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/victoriaday


FAMM Excursion:
Bentley Priory Museum Stanmore

Wed June 15th 09:30 hrs

This years Coach Excursion is to Bentley Priory Museum at Stanmore on Wednesday 15th June. It was the Headquarters Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. It highlights the contribution and importance of "The One" Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, "The Few" the Aircrew who took to the skies, and "The Many", without whose tireless work on the ground victory would not have been possible. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the Talk, have Lunch and tour the museum and grounds on your own. Only if there is sufficient time on the way home, a brief stop will be made at Runnymede to view the RAF Memorial on Coopers Hill.

See Bentley Priory Museum website for additional information:

http://bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk


FAMM Event:
The Inaugural Friends Open Day

Sat June 25th 11:00 hrs - 15:30 hrs - Boyce Building in the Museum

We cordially invite all Members and Volunteers to our first Open Day event.

Our aim is to attract and recruit new members, but to make it an enjoyable day for ourselves as well.

You will be able to catch up with other members, while enjoying a morning coffee, or afternoon tea and yes! cake. We do hope for a warm sunny day, so why not bring a picnic lunch with you.

The Museum will be open as usual to the Public, but you will be able to look around at your leisure. (Don't forget your Membership card)

As it is also Armed Forces Day too, the Museum is bringing in a special Vintage Lorry as an added attraction.

We hope to have some Museum artefacts, not usually on display, that you can look at in the Boyce. However, what we would like more than anything is your help in recruiting new members, and showing them what the Friends are about. So we would be very happy if you came with some special family anecdote which may be of historical or local interest to tell us about. Perhaps bring some personal artefact which is of local or of military interest as well. All adding variety to the day.

Please let us know if you are able to come along am or pm and if you will be able to help with activities or bring an artefact.

We would like to see the greatest number of Friends and Volunteers possible for such a special occasion.


FAMM Committee Meeting

Wed Sept 7th 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


Royal Garrison Church & Wellington Statue - talk & tour

Sat Sept 10th 10:00 hrs - Royal Garrison Church

A talk on the history of the Royal Garrison Church, followed by a walk around some of the memorials and finishing at the Great Wellington Statue.

Meet at the Royal Garrison Church of All Saints, Farnborough Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1QA.

No need to book, just come along.


Prince Consort's Library

Sun Sept 11th 10:00 hrs - 16:00 hrs - Prince Consort's Library, Knollys Road, Aldershot, GU11 1PS

See inside the Victorian military library founded in 1860.

Talks on the library's history at 11.30 and 14.30.

No need to book, just come along.


Guided walk around the historic Aldershot Military Town

Sun Sept 11th 10:00 hrs - 13:30 hrs - Polo Fields Car Park

Length approx 4 miles, duration 3.5 hours.

Meet at the car park at the corner of Queen's Avenue and Prince's Avenue. (Includes a stop at the Prince Consort's Library for the 11.30 library history talk.)

Places limited – book in advance on 01252 621221


FAMM Talk:
Have a shot and risk it!
Aldershot & District Traction Company 1912-1972

Wed Sept 21st 19:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

Local Historian Philip Jacob will give a Talk on a very interesting aspect of Aldershot local history, which is to do with the early days of public transport in the area. This will appeal to anyone who wants to find out more about the renown Aldershot and District Traction Company from its earliest days serving the local community.


Battle of the Somme Film

Sat Sept 24th 14:00 hrs - Aldershot Library

Hampshire County Council are screening the Battle of the Somme film for Free at the Aldershot Library.

With music by Laura Rossi, performed by Philharmonia Orchestra Battle of the Somme is a pioneering battlefield documentary and one of the most successful British films ever made. It was released in August 1916 and cinema-goers hailed it as an opportunity to see the reality of the Western Front for the first time. Laura Rossi s new score was commissioned to mark the 90th anniversary of The Battle of the Somme. The re-mastered film, with the premiere of Laura s orchestral score, was screened for the 90th anniversary of the Battle to a full house at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

This is free but needs to be booked. For booking details, click here


FAMM Talk:
Resettlement

Wed Oct 19th 19:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

Come and hear a Presentation from retired Resettlement Officer Bill Hodge who was for many years in charge of the Army Resettlement Programme. He is well known to many as a local schoolteacher (another career!) but even more widely known to those many soldiers, who on completion of their service career, were helped to re-adjust to civilian life through the Resettlement Programme.


FAMM Committee Meeting

Wed Nov 2nd 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs

This is the next Meeting of the FAMM Committee at the Boyce Build in the Museum.


FAMM AGM

Wed Nov 16th 19:00 hrs - Boyce Building, in the Museum

Copies of the AGM 2015 Minutes will be available at the Meeting or by request to me beforehand.

There will be Wine, and following the Meeting, Tea, Coffee and Mincepies before the journey home.


Christmas Lights Switch-on

Sat Nov 19th 17:00 hrs - Aldershot Town Centre

The Christmas festivities start in Aldershot town centre on Saturday 19 November with the annual switching-on of the Christmas lights.

See http://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/article/9638/Aldershot-town-centre-Christmas-lights-switch-on for more details.

Some of the Friends will be at the event with some special news about the planned Aldershot Heritage Trails. Come alone and say hello.


FAMM Christmas Party & Annual Victor Waller Presentation

Thr Dec 8th 18:00 hrs - Boyce Building, in the Museum

Plenty of good Festive Food, Free Raffle and this year another surprise Entertainment. Come along and enjoy this social gathering of Friends and Volunteers!

During the evening the Annual Victor Waller Award will be presented to the person who has contributed most the Museum, in a voluntary capacity, during the course of the year.