An MHM selection of some of the best events coming up over the next few months.
War Music: notes from the First World War
‘War Music’ explores the reality of the battlefield. See a wind-up trench gramophone, a tenor horn camouflaged with black paint to stop it attracting the attention of the enemy, a burnt-out harmonica, and soldiers’ songbooks.
The unparalleled outpouring of poetry provoked by the Great War is also examined, as many verses were set to music by the foremost composers of the day.
Finally, the displays follow the Academy’s own story during the War. Discover how students and alumni fared once they had enlisted and left London far behind.
WHEN: 22 April 2014-21 March 2015. Open Monday-Friday 11.30am-5.30pm and Saturdays noon-4pm
WHERE: Royal Academy of Music Museum, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT
HOW MUCH: free
PHONE: 020 7873 7443
Subjects covered will include nursing and medical advances, espionage, the role of women in war, and the cultural impact of conflict. Among those attending will be Kate Adie and the actors Julian Glover and Isla Blair, who will present an evening of war poetry.
UNCOVERED is a part of First World War commemorations at Dunham Massey Hall which, over the course of the next two years, will be transformed to replicate Stamford Military Hospital, continuing to play this role until November 2015.
The hospital was a sanctuary from the trenches for 282 Tommies, and has been recreated using original material, records, and photographs from the Stamford family archive. The family owned Dunham Massey, and remained here throughout the First World War.
WHEN: 7-9 June 2014
WHERE: Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ
HOW MUCH: £15 day ticket
Heroes of Adventure Exhibition
WHEN: 7 June-16 November 2014
WHERE: National Trust, Quarry Bank, Styal, Cheshire, SK9 4LA
HOW MUCH: £9.50, free to members of the National Trust
PHONE: 01625 445 845
Wylye Valley 1914 project
The full programme is on the project website, given below.
WHEN: 26-27 July 2014. Open Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-3pm.
WHERE: Codford village hall and field, Broadlease, Codford, Wiltshire, BA12 0PP. Marshals will direct traffic to a parking area within 200 yards of the hall, or to overflow parking with a free park and ride. Get there early!
HOW MUCH: free entry and parking; no dogs except guiders
PHONE: 01985 850 247
The Muckleburgh Military Collection Display Weekend
WHEN: 31 May-1 June 2014
WHERE: Weybourne, nr Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7EH
HOW MUCH: £12 per day for adults, £8 per day for children; under-5s enter free. Includes parking and museum entry
PHONE: 01263 588 210
World War I centenary events at the British Academy
WHEN: throughout 2014
WHERE: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
PHONE: 020 7969 5246
Beating Retreat (Household Division)
This is a sunset pageant of precision drill, horses, cannon, and fireworks, all accompanied by music. The Massed Bands, Pipes and Drums, and Corps of Drums of the Household Division, are supported by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and visiting military bands from other services and around the world. Historically, on at least one evening, a senior member of the British Royal Family attends to take the salute.
This year, the bands of the Troupes de Marine and the Légion étrangère will be welcomed from France to share our WWI and D-Day commemorations, and strengthen the traditional links between our two countries.
WHEN: 11-12 June 2014
WHERE: Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2AX
HOW MUCH: £15-£40
PHONE: 020 7414 2207
Brooklands Great War
For this special event we will be gathering automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, commercial vehicles, buses, and aircraft from the period up to 1919.
In the paddock, there will be a display of the vehicles taking part in the Great War Centenary Parade in London on 4 August. At lunchtime, these pre-war vehicles will be taking part in a Cavalcade round the Mercedes-Benz World circuit.
Overhead will be a stunning air show from the Great War Display Team, who will be flying their replicas of a Sopwith Triplane, a BE2, and an SE5. On the ground, our own aircraft will make a grand entrance too: as well as running the Sopwith Camel, we hope to bring the Vimy to life for the first time in five years – it last flew in 2009.
In the Clubhouse, there will be period film shows, and the London Bus Museum will be putting on a display of buses from the era.
WHEN: 3 August 2014
WHEN: Brooklands Museum Trust, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, KT13 0QN
HOW MUCH: £11 adult, £10 concession, £6 child, £30 family
PHONE: 01932 857 381
Southampton Maritime Festival
On land you can explore a large number of displays and demonstrations over the course of the two days. The quayside will be packed with exhibits including historic cars, steam exhibits, and heritage trams, while Southampton’s Ocean Cruise Terminal will house indoor heritage displays, art exhibits, craft fairs, and traders. With over 12,000 visitors last year, the event is a highlight of the summer calendar.
WHEN: 22-23 August 2014
WHERE: Ocean Terminal, Dock Gate 4, Southampton
HOW MUCH: advance tickets are available at www.southamptonmaritimefestival.com for the ‘early bird’ prices of £5 adults, £4.50 concessions, and £1 children
PHONE: 02380 593 290
Scarborough Museums Trust will launch the ‘Remember Scarborough!’ exhibition this summer, 100 years on. Explore what happened to Scarborough on that day, and what impact The Bombardment had on the town, the country, and the war effort. Related events and talks will run from 26 July.
With funding from Arts Council England, Scarborough Museums Trust is leading the ‘Remember Scarborough!’ project, working with a number of partners across the region. For all further information, please contact us or visit our website.
WHEN: 26 July 2014-4 January 2015
WHERE: Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW
HOW MUCH: all tickets to Scarborough Art Gallery are £3 (includes 12 months’ entry to Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum)
PHONE: 01723 384 515
Florence Nightingale Museum
WHEN: 13 March-26 October 2014. Open 10am-5pm daily
WHERE: Florence Nightingale Museum, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7EW
HOW MUCH: £7.80 adult, £4.80 children, £5.30 Concessions, £18.60 family
PHONE: 020 7620 0374
Tracks to the Trenches
The Apedale site has a large collection of WWI-era railway equipment, and many guest items are expected. There will be steam trains giving rides on our ¼-mile passenger railway, model railways, re-enactors, vintage vehicles, and even a working coal-mine on site! A show not to be missed, and sure to appeal to one and all.
WHEN: 12-14 September 2014
WHERE: Apedale Valley Light Railway, Apedale Community Country Park, Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs. Sat-nav users should use the postcode ST5 7LB
HOW MUCH: £8 adults, £4 children. Advance tickets will be on sale from July: either call in at our shop at Apedale on any Saturday, or go online at www.avlr.org.uk or www.ww1-event.org
WEB: www.ww1-event.org, www.avlr.org.uk, or on Facebook
PHONE: 0845 094 1953
To see this promotional feature as it appeared in issue 45 of Military History Monthly, click here.