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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.

Venue:Boyce Building in the Museum.
Time:7.00 pm for 7.30pm.
Admission:£3 (free for Members). All Welcome.
Parking:Free Parking at the Museum.

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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.

Women Urgently Wanted for the WAAC Women Urgently Wanted for the WAAC© IWM (Art.IWM PST 13171) 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.

Russia and Europe: What Next 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.

Jane Austen and the Military 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.

Sharpe’s Army 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).

Peg 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.

Aldershot Military Cemetery - talk & tour
Sat Sept 9th Time TBC
This is the first of two events being held in Aldershot as part of Heritage Open Days 2017. More event details coming soon…

Guided walk around the historic Aldershot Military Town
Sun Sept 10th 10:00 hrs - 13:30 hrs - Polo Fields Car Park
The second Heritage Days event. More event details coming soon…

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.

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.

Wed Nov 22nd 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.

Past Years

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:

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:

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
This is the next 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.

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 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.