National Army Museum Events 2013/14

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Just had the following email in from the National Army Museum highlighting the events that they've got going on in the next 6-9 months. Looks like some cracking stuff and just wished I lived a bit closer/didn't have a job so I could attend some of it!




NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM LISTINGS: SEPTEMBER 2013 – MARCH 2014National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
National Army Museum, London • 0207 730 0717

EXHIBITIONS:
Unseen Enemy - NEW!
Now Open to 31 March 2014 - FREE

This special exhibition tells the story of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in recent conflicts, focusing on the British Army’s experience in Afghanistan.
It is a thought-provoking exhibition that includes first-hand accounts and exclusive insights into the creation, detection and impact of these deadly devices.
Online exhibition: Unseen Enemy exhibition | National Army Museum, London

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Follow the Build
Now Open - FREE

Discover more about our exciting plans for the future and get your chance to feedback on the plans in this explanatory exhibition.


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Army Photographic Awards 2013 Display
10 - 22 October 2013 - FREE

The National Army Museum is proud to host a selection of entries from this year’s Army Photographic Awards

This exhibition showcases entries from soldiers, reservists, cadets and civil servants, recognising outstanding photography from the frontline and army life

Come and see life through a lens of the British Army at work and play



UPCOMING CELEBRITY SPEAKER EVENTS:
100 Days to Victory: How the First World War Was Won
Saul David
12 September 2013, 7.00pm

Employing the latest ideas and scholarship, author Saul David will explore the history of the First World War from a new angle and will reveal the key part played by non-British and non-white soldiers on the Somme and elsewhere.

Ticket Prices: Standard: £10.00, Concession: £7.50
Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
Tickets can be booked: In person at the Museum shop, online at National Army Museum, London or by phone: 020 7881 6600

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When Britain Burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of Washington
Peter Snow
19 September 2013, 7.00pm

In August 1814 the United States’ army is defeated in battle by an invading force just outside Washington DC. The US president and his wife have just enough time to pack their belongings and escape from the White House before the invaders enter. After tucking into the deserted presidential dinner, they then set fire to the place.
Drawing on a wealth of material, Peter Snow recounts the fast-changing fortunes of both sides of this extraordinary confrontation.

Ticket Prices: Standard: £10.00, Concession: £7.50
Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
Tickets can be booked: In person at the Museum shop, online at National Army Museum, London or by phone: 020 7881 6600

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Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One
Kate Adie
2 October 2013, 7.00pm

In l914 the world changed forever. When the First World War broke out, and a generation of men went off to fight, women emerged from the shadows of their domestic lives. Becoming a visible force in public life, they began to take up essential roles - from transport to policing, munitions to sport, entertainment and even politics.

Former BBC Chief News Correspondent and bestselling author Kate Adie will chart the seismic move towards equal rights with men that began a century ago and asks what these women achieved for future generations.

Ticket Prices: Standard: £10.00, Concession: £7.50
Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
Tickets can be booked: In person at the Museum shop, online at National Army Museum, London or by phone: 020 7881 6600

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Jeremy Paxman
Great Britain’s Great War
10 October 2013, 7.30pm, dining from 5.30pm

Using a wealth of first-hand source material, renowned broadcaster Jeremy Paxman gives us an image of what life was actually like for the British during the First World War.

From politicians and generals to factory workers, wives and children, he captures the mood and morale of the nation and explains how life and identity in Britain were utterly transformed not always for the worse.

Ticket Prices:
· £10.00 standard
· £7.50 concession
· £25.00 ticket plus signed, first edition of Great Britain’s Great War.
· Dining optional extra: £22.00 two course seated menu including event ticket

Address: Army & Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN
Tickets can be booked: In person at the National Army Museum shop, online at National Army Museum, London or by phone: 020 7881 6600


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Catastrophe: 1914 Europe Goes to War
Max Hastings
16 October 2013, 7.30pm

1914 was the year that Europe violently shifted from the glories and glamour of the Edwardian era to the tragedy of war.

Bestselling author Max Hastings will examine the formative sacrifices, follies and misfortunes that left Europe facing a horrific pattern of attrition.

Ticket Prices: Standard: £10.00, Concession: £7.50
Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, London, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
Tickets can be booked: In person at the Museum shop, online at National Army Museum, London or by phone: 020 7881 6600

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1914: Fight the Good Fight
Allan Mallinson
24 October 2013, 7.00pm

In the run up to the centenary of the First World War Allan Mallinson explores a fascinating and revelatory new history of the origins of the war, those first few crucial weeks of fighting, and how Britain and its Army fared.

Ticket Prices: Standard: £10.00, Concession: £7.50
Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
Tickets can be booked: In person at the Museum shop, online at National Army Museum, London or by phone: 020 7881 6600


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Into the Jaws of Death: The Gallant 600 of the St Nazaire Raid
Robert Lyman
5 December 2013, 7.00pm


In March 1942 the Royal Navy and British Commandos assaulted the German-held French Atlantic port of Saint- Nazaire in one of the most daring raids of the Second World War. ‘Operation CHARIOT’ was dramatically successful, but at a great cost.
Robert Lyman recounts this daring event, demonstrating how the decisive courage of a small group of men changed the course of the war.

Ticket Prices: Standard: £10.00, Concession: £7.50
Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
Tickets can be booked: In person at the Museum shop, online at National Army Museum, London or by phone: 020 7881 6600

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Dancing into Battle: A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo
Nick Foulkes
23 January 2014, 7.00pm

The summer of 1815 saw the final efforts of European powers to seize Napoleon’s reign over France. The pivotal moment was unfolding in an age where war was a social occasion.
Nick Foulkes explores what it was like to be at the very hub of events when Europe’s fate hung in the balance.

Ticket Prices: Standard: £10.00, Concession: £7.50
Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
Tickets can be booked: In person at the Museum shop, online at National Army Museum, London or by phone: 020 7881 6600

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Wellington’s Exploring Officers: British Military Espionage in the Peninsular War
Iain Gale
27 February 2014, 7.00pm

Wellington’s victory in the Peninsula was not just the result of ingenious tactics on the battlefield, but an impressive intelligence system staffed by clever, independently minded officers. Iain Gale recounts their real-life adventures in this lively talk.
Ticket Prices: Standard: £10.00, Concession: £7.50
Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
Tickets can be booked: In person at the Museum shop, online at National Army Museum, London or by phone: 020 7881 6600

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The Great Arc: Military Map-makers in India
John Keay
27 March 2014, 7.00pm

During the 19th century the Great Trigonometrical Survey conducted the longest measurement of the earth’s circumference ever attempted. Presenter John Keay explores their epic undertaking which took 50 years to complete, at great expense and loss of life.

Ticket Prices: Standard: £10.00, Concession: £7.50
Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
Tickets can be booked: In person at the Museum shop, online at National Army Museum, London or by phone: 020 7881 6600

UP-COMING - ALL DAY TALKS EVENTS

Your Country Needs You: British War Posters
James Taylor, Brian Webb, Susannah Walker, Catherine Flood and David Bownes
7 September 2013, 10.30am - 4.00pm

In celebration of British war posters from the English Civil Wars to the present day, listen to five experts discuss the changing ways posters have been used both to encourage support for the Army and to register dissent.

Speakers will examine the range of artists and designers, such as John Hassall, Abram Games and Terence Cuneo, who have produced some of the 20th century’s most memorable images.

This all-day event will also feature the launch of 'Your Country Needs You: A Secret History of the Propaganda Poster' by James Taylor, and a display of rarely seen Second World War posters designed and personally signed by Abram Games.

Ticket Prices: Standard: £15.00, Concession: £12.50
Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
Tickets can be booked: In person at the Museum shop, online at National Army Museum, London or by phone: 020 7881 6600

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Special Forces
David Blakeley, ‘Big Phil’ Campion, Damien Lewis, and more...
14 September 2013, 10.30am - 5.30pm

From the daring Commando raids of the Second World War to the explosive emergence of the SAS during the Iranian embassy siege, Britain’s Special Forces are known for their adventurous and secretive exploits.
Often using covert hit-and-run operations involving small numbers of highly skilled men, those who partake in Special Forces operations know that their goals involve a high level of risk.

Join leading authors, historians and soldiers as we explore the remarkable stories of those who have served with some of Britain’s most elite Special Forces units.

Ticket Prices: Standard: £15.00, Concession: £12.50
Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
Tickets can be booked: In person at the Museum shop, online at National Army Museum, London or by phone: 020 7881 6600



UP-COMING – FAMILY EVENTS
Chelsea Festival
Saturday 26 October – FREE
Suitable for 12+

12.00pm: walking tour of military Chelsea
4.00pm: walking tour of military Chelsea
2.00pm: Julian MacLaren-Ross play performance

Follow our experts as they guide you through Chelsea’s fascinating Military History in on our walking tour of Military Chelsea. At 2.00pm the Museum will be hosting an unmissable performance of the radio plays of Soho dandy and noir novelist Julian Maclaren-Ross’ exploring his experiences in the Second World War.

Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT

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If the Invader Comes…
21 September 2013 10.30am - 4.30pm – FREE

This day of hands-on activities will give you and all the family a taster of life in the Home Guard, take part in drill, have a go at putting out fires, learn about unexploded bombs and marvel as the gun and searchlight teams scan the skies for danger. Finish it all off with a sing song round the piano!

Suitable for all ages
Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HT

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Big Blitz Jive
21 September 2013 7.30pm – Midnight

Get into the swing as the National Army Museum presents its annual 1940s themed jive event. Brush up on your footwork with the professional dance instructors from the London Swing Dance Society, enjoy a ’40s style makeover and take away a souvenir photograph of the evening.

Tickets: £15.00 Standard • £12.50 Concessions • £7.50 Under 15s
Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
Tickets can be booked: In person at the Museum shop, online at National Army Museum, London or by phone: 020 7881 6600

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First World War Week
October half-term (26 October – 3 November 2013) - FREE
All activities will run between 11am and 4pm
Suitable for 7+

This half-term bring along your little soldiers and find out how the two World Wars changed the country forever. Children will get the chance to:
· Practice drill with our First World War Tommy
· Get wounded at the Welcome Desk and patched up by a FANY in the foyer.
· Touch objects from our Collection

Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT

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Remembrance Sunday
10 November 2013
1.30am - 4.30pm – FREE
Suitable for all ages

This Remembrance Sunday visitors are invite to discover and handle First World War objects from the Museums own Collection as well as create their own remembrance poppy in our craft workshop

Address: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
 
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I went a few weeks ago, the IED exhibition is quite good and I enjoyed other parts. Could easily spend all day there.
 

Joker62

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#3
I've been to a couple of these events, Andy McNab and Stuart Tootal, both were informative and a good night.
 
#4
The Saul David talk on 12 Sep should be good. I only wish I could get there.
 

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