This December at the National Army Museum you will be able to delve into the history of the Ritz, the Savoy, the Dorchester and Claridge’s – and the eccentrics, stars, aristocrats and criminals living in London’s grand hotels during the Blitz. Or listen to Chelsea Pensioner, John Carbis talk about notable female residents at the Royal Hospital. Whatever your interest or age there is something for you to enjoy the National Army Museum.
Communications and the Battle of Cambrai
1 December, 11.30am
Dr Brian Hall examines the Battle of Cambrai through the perspective of the British Army’s communications system. Although a strategic failure, the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 heralded tactical and operational methods that foreshadowed not only some of the war-winning techniques employed by the British Army in August-November 1918, but also elements of the initial German campaigns of the Second World War. Brian Hall examines the battle from the perspective of communications, assessing its influence upon the fighting and, ultimately, upon the British Army’s learning process.
Women Soldiers Tour
2 December, 2.30pm
Explore 100 years of women in the army. Join us for a free 30-minute tour on the first Saturday of the month at 2.30pm. 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. Join us for a 30-minute guided tour of the galleries exploring the theme of women in the army.
2 & 3 December, 9 & 10 December, 16 December to 7 January
Learn about army reconnaissance and have a go at making your own mini-vehicle to take home. At this family activity you’ll discover how the army uses vehicles for its reconnaissance missions. Have a go at making your own rubber-band powered vehicle and see how fast it will go on our track. Will your time be the one to beat?
Dental services in the British Army, 1914-18
8 December, 11.30am
Join Rachel Bairtso and Fiona Gray of the British Dental Association Museum as they discuss how the army looked after its soldiers’ teeth during the First World War. At the outbreak of the First World War there was insufficient dental provision for serving military personnel. However, the pain of toothache and the inability to chew food was debilitating and demoralising for the British soldier. This talk will explore the state of the nation’s teeth and the treatments available at the time.
The life and work of Abram Games
15 December, 11.30am
Naomi Games reveals the story of her father, Abram Games, who was appointed Official War Poster Artist during the Second World War. Games was one of the 20th century’s most innovative and important graphic designers. He produced some of Britain’s most enduring images, which are a now a fascinating record of social history. During the Second World War he was uniquely appointed Official War Poster Artist. It was Games’s personal philosophy of ‘maximum meaning, minimum means’ that gave his works their distinctive conceptual and visual quality.
Women at war
22 December, 11.30am
Join Chelsea Pensioner, John Carbis, to explore the lives of three notable women who have resided at the Royal Hospital. Carbis, will discuss the experiences of three female out-pensioners in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries: Hannah Snell, Dr James ‘Miranda’ Stuart Barry and Christian Davies.
Book Club: The Wartime Secrets of London’s Grand Hotels
20 December, 6.30pm
December’s Book of the Month is The Wartime Secrets of London’s Grand Hotels by Matthew Sweet in which he draws a sumptuous, witty and eye-opening history of the Ritz, the Savoy, the Dorchester and Claridge’s – and the eccentrics, stars, aristocrats and criminals living in London’s grand hotels during the Blitz. Explore our book of the month and unpack 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.
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