What’s on in October at the NAM
This October, at the National Army Museum, Peter Snow will be talking about, and signing, his new book during the late opening whilst later in the month an expert panel will be debating about security and the army.
The NAM will also continue to explore the history of women in the army with a regular tour and five 15min talks. Coming up throughout the month then, are:
War Stories with Peter Snow and Ann Macmillan. 4 October, 7pm. £15, concessions £12.50
Join Peter Snow and Ann Macmillan as they uncover stories of those affected by war throughout history. War Stories provides a fascinating account of ordinary people swept up by the horror of war. They are caught up in the most extreme ordeal humans have to endure. The 31 stories from history since the 18th century include that of Edward Seager who was an officer in the Charge of the Light Brigade, Christine Skarbek, a spy and saboteur during World War II, Benedict Arnold, a US turncoat in the War of Independence and Madeleine de Lancey who nursed her dying husband after the Battle of Waterloo. The most recent War Story is that of Ahmad Terkawi, a Syrian chemist who managed to escape from Homs with his family and survived a terrifying tourney on foot, boat and bus to arrive in Sweden in 2015.
Prisoners of war: Experiences and emotions. 6 October, 11.30am. Free
Dr Clare Makepeace explores the experiences and emotions of British prisoners of war. Following the publication of her pioneering history Captives of War, British Prisoners of War in Europe in the Second World War, Clare Makepeace tells the story of wartime imprisonment through the love, fears, fantasies, loneliness, frustration and guilt felt by these men. Drawing upon their diaries, letters and scrapbooks, she will shed new light upon how prisoners coped and came to terms with spending a war behind barbed wire.
Women Soldiers Tour. 7 October, 2.30pm. Free
Explore 100 years of women in the army. In 1917 the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was founded. This was the first time women could join the army outside of nursing roles. Since then there have been a number of developments for women in the army, culminating in last year's lifting of the ban on women in combat roles.
UK Security and the army. 11 October, 7pm. £10, concession £7.50
Join the expert panel to discuss the role of the army in security at home. Over the past six months the army has played a visible role in UK security. Operation Temperer saw 5,000 troops deployed on the streets to support the police and security services. During this discussion the panel of experts will discuss the impact of the army’s presence on the streets of the UK. Do they make us feel safer? Was their deployment a panicked response? What else can the army do to protect security at home?
Redisplaying the D-Day Museum. 13 October, 11.30am. Free
Curator Andrew Whitmarsh discusses the current transformation of the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth. The D-Day Museum in Portsmouth opened in 1984, and is currently undergoing a complete redisplay as part of a major Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project. This talk will look at the approach that the museum is taking to telling the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy through the objects in its collection.
Bold in her breeches: Female soldiers who dressed as men. 20 October, 11.30am. Free
Julie Wheelwright uncovers the stories of women who served in the army and navy by dressing as men. From the 18th century onwards, women such as Christian Davies, Hannah Snell, Mary Talbot and Sara Edmonds, swapped their skirts for trousers to enlist in the army and navy. Over the last few decades historians have uncovered the lives of these women who not only fought alongside their male comrades but whose exploits on the battlefields have been largely forgotten. This talk will explore how and why women signed up, what they experienced at war, and what became of them once they returned home.
Book Club: Caught in the Revolution. 25 October, 7.00pm. Free
October’s Book of the Month examines the Russian Revolution on its centenary anniversary. Explore this and discuss current issues, historical events and popular fiction through recent book releases related to the British Army. The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month, from 7pm to 8pm. Complimentary snacks and wine are served from 6.30pm.
Aden Insurgency. 27 October, 11.30am. Free
Historian Jonathan Walker discusses the Aden emergency. On the 50th anniversary of the British withdrawal from Aden, author and historian Jonathan Walker looks at the controversial military campaign and its legacy. In the 1960s, Britain’s only Arab colony became a battleground of the Cold War as British forces struggled to defend one of the last bastions of the Empire. Many regiments rose to the challenge but Aden was also the graveyard of military and political careers.
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