An MHM selection of some of the best events coming up over the next few months.
As the Battle Proms takes much of its inspiration from the Napoleonic wars, which came to a conclusion 200 years ago at the Battle of Waterloo, there will be a special battle re-enactment by the Napoleonic Association at Blenheim Palace. Also scheduled is the Battle of Britain Evening Gun Salute, honouring this pivotal air campaign and end of the war itself, as gunners herald the arrival of the Grace Spitfire with a volley of shots from a vintage 13-pdr field gun.
Widely regarded as the most exciting summer proms concert in the country, this is an event that fans return to year after year to enjoy a memorable night out with friends or for a significant celebration.
The Battle Proms is proud to support Combat Stress: the Veterans’ Mental Health Charity.
Tickets can be purchased securely online at www.battleproms.com
Burghley House, Lincolnshire – Saturday 4 July
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire – Saturday 11 July
Hatfield House, Hertfordshire – Saturday 18 July
Highclere Castle, Berkshire – Saturday 1 August
Ragley Hall, Warwickshire – Saturday 15 August
WHERE: See DATES
PHONE: 01432 355 416 / 0790 449 4099
HOW MUCH: Adults: £33 if booked before 30 April 2015, £36 if booked from 1 May 2015 until the day before the concert, £40 on the day of concert (subject to availability) Children aged 5 to 15: £17 (children aged 4 and under go for free, and do not require a ticket) Groups: Advance group bookings of 10 or more qualify for a £2 reduction per ticket
BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL TATTOO
Whether you prefer the spectacle of the international marching bands or the thrills of the exciting displays, this annual military spectacular is sure to prove popular with both young and old, with something for all the family at the three-hour event.
The Birmingham International Tattoo will take place at the Barclaycard Arena on Saturday 28 November at 6pm and Sunday 29 November at 2pm.
DATES: Saturday 28 November at 6pm and Sunday 29 November at 2pm.
WHERE: Barclaycard Arena (formerly The NIA)
PHONE: 0844 338 8000
HOW MUCH: Adult tickets £17.20 to £28.20 Includes admin fee & £0.70 facilities fee plus £2.55 fulfilment fee may be payable
DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY/IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM NORTH
Conference on Internment during the First World War: A Mass Global Phenomenon
DATES: 13-14 May 2015
WHERE: The Imperial War Museum North
PHONE: 0116 207 8681
HOW MUCH: £40 per day
AUCTION OF ARMS, MEDALS, AND MILITARIA
Among the many interesting lots are the medals to Brigadier General E J F Vaughan CMG, DSO, Devon Regiment, which represent an impressive military career spanning the Boer War and the Great War, and including a term in the Egyptian army. During WWI he commanded a battalion of the Royal West Kent Regiment at Gallipoli. Research has not produced any direct evidence of the reason for the DSO award but there exists the tantalizing possibility that it was for his service there. In any event, this is a highly desirable group.
The medals will be followed by a broad and interesting selection of swords, firearms, and militaria. For example, military firearms enthusiasts will have the opportunity to acquire a de-activated Mk I BREN gun. All enquiries welcomed. Online bidding available.
DATES: Thursday, 5 March at 10.30am (On view: Wednesday, 4 March 9.30am-7pm and Thursday 5 March 9am-10.30am)
WHERE: The Lymington Saleroom, Emsworth Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9BL
PHONE: 01590 670070
LIVE ONLINE BIDDING: www.easyliveauction.com/georgekidner/
WAR MUSIC: NOTES FROM THE FIRST WORLD WAR
Objects on display include a wind-up trench gramophone, atenor horncamouflaged with black paint to stop it glinting at the enemy, a burnt-out harmonica, and soldiers’ song-books. You can also view original film footage of musical episodes amid the conflict, featuring British, German, French and Chinese musicians.
‘War Music’ also explores the Academy’s own story during the War: discover how students and alumni fared once they’d enlisted and left London far behind.
DATES: Open now until 31 October 2015 Open weekdays 11.30am-5.30pm and Saturdays 12pm-4pm
WHERE: Royal Academy of Music Museum, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT
PHONE: 020 7873 7443
HOW MUCH: Free
RAUCEBY WAR WEEKEND 2015
DATES: 29-31 August 2015
WHERE: In an open Field South Rauceby, Sleaford, Lincs. NG34 8PT
PHONE: 01529 488354 or 07713074418
HOW MUCH: £6/day on the gate. £5 if prebooked. Children under 12 are FREE. Camping £5/night or £15 Max (3 or 4 nights). Saturday night dance tickets £15. Re-enactors £12 pre-booked
GATEWAYS TO MILITARY LIVES
The talks and workshops will focus on research into the military services in the First World War. Talk with academic and heritage experts about resources and techniques for researching military ancestors and develop ideas for your own centenary projects.
There will be an introduction to the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War project, advice on applying for support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and talks on researching the Great War.
For more information and to book your place visit: www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/studydays.
Gateways to the First World War is a centre for public engagement with the First World War centenary funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
DATES: Wednesday 25 February 2015, 9.30am-4pm
WHERE: Darwin Conference Suite, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NY
HOW MUCH: Places are free but must be booked in advance via the Gateways website.
WIDENING OF THE WAR: PROBLEMS WITHOUT ANSWERS 2015 WW1 CONFERENCE
Dr Peter Liddle as Conference Director and Colonel Alan Roberts have again come together to compile the range of topics and source the expert speakers to present.
Like-minded historical and World War One enthusiasts wishing to attend the conference will be treated to hour-long sessions from some of the UK’s top historians to present their findings, knowledge, and views on subject as diverse as: strategy and tactics on the Western Front; the War within the War- Politicians and Generals; Propaganda – target and ammunition; Women’s support for the men at the front; the birth of plastic surgery; the case of Arthur Pollard VC; the UK’s heritage of Great War locations; the Indian Army; Bereavement; the lasting impact of the Great War on Adolf Hitler.
DATES: Monday 2 August – Friday 7 August 2015
WHERE: Weetwood Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5PS, UK
PHONE: 0113 230 6000
HOW MUCH: Daily prices start from £115
MILITARIA CINEY BELGIUM
There are uniforms, helmets, medals, badges, flags, and spare parts, plus prints, books, postcards, photographs, and other old documents. Arms represent only a small part of the goods on display. There is large array of demilitarised
weapons on display, ranging from the most recent to the oldest. Ammunition is strictly prohibited. The excellent reputation of the event is in strict compliance with legal obligations in the matter, and is subject to spot checks.
The event is held at Ciney, the capital of the Belgian Condroz area, which is located on both the motorway and railway line running between Brussels and Luxembourg. The airports of Charleroi and Brussels are less than an hour away.
DATES: 26 April 2015
WHERE: Ciney Expo SA 3, Rue du Marché Couvert B-5590 Ciney (Belgium)
PHONE: 0032 (0) 83 21 33 94
HOW MUCH: 15€ . Free parking.
SIXTH WELLINGTON CONGRESS
Keynote speakers will be Rory Muir, Roger Knight, Will Hay, and Chris Woolgar.
Papers will focus on a range of topics covering both Wellington’s military career and the battle of Waterloo as well as political, social, and literary topics. On the Friday evening there will be a concert of music from the period. Saturday will feature a BBC Battles, Waterloo 200 presentation, a private view of the Wellington and Waterloo exhibition in the Special Collections Gallery, Hartley Library, and a conference dinner.
The University’s Hartley Library is the home of the first Duke of Wellington’s archive, and the meeting will include opportunities to see the collection, as well as a programme of social activities. The event is organised in conjunction with the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth- Century Research.
DATES: 10-12 April 2015
WHERE: University of Southampton
PHONE: 02380 592721
HOW MUCH: See website for programme and registration details.
THE WELLINGTON TRUST
In addition to the British troops going to France, Gallipoli, and Mesopotamia, there were millions of horses to be shipped. Nine hospital ships were sunk by mine or torpedo. This spring we especially commemorate the role of the troop and hospital ships in the Gallipoli Campaign, which was the first major joint amphibious landing undertaken by the British, French, and ANZAC Armies. There were no field hospitals and all the wounded had to be evacuated to a hospital ship.
Visit our free exhibition to learn more or help with your research.
DATES: Sundays and Mondays 1 March until 1 June. 11am-5pm
WHERE: HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs Victoria Embankment, London, WC2R 2PN
PHONE: 020 7836 8179
HOW MUCH: Free admission.
FIREPOWER – THE ROYAL ARTILLERY MUSEUM
By 1914, man found that he had the weapons, technology and ability to kill, maim and destroy on an industrial scale. For the first time he fought in the sky, on land, on the sea, and below the waves. It was a war that touched everyone –
including civilians – and at its end there probably wasn’t a town, village, or family that hadn’t in some way been affected by this war’s cruelty.
‘In Their Own Words’ brings to life Gunners from different nations, separated 100 years ago by their country’s political ideology, the colour of their uniforms, or skin. Now 100 years on, as we look back upon their history and read their words, we realise that they are all united in the fact that they are all Gunners; this is their museum.
DATES: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm) Sunday and Monday Closed
WHERE: No1 Street, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, SE18 6ST
PHONE: 020 8855 7755
To see this article as it appears in issue 54 of Military History Monthly, click here.