What's On Guide: February and March at the National Army Museum, London

16th February 2014

As winter draws to a close, Experience History wraps up February and March at the National Army Museum and looks aheads to the Museum's Spring events.

The National Army Musuem

Unseen Enemy

Closes 31 March 2014 – Free Entry

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: www.nam.ac.uk/unseen-enemy

Follow the Build

Now Open – Free Entry

Discover more about the museum’s exciting plans for the future. As part of the exhibition a rolling display will showcase the ‘Building for the Future’ community engagement programmes.

‘Coatee to Couture’

Open until 28 February 2014 – Free Entry

This dynamic display explores the Museum’s work with fashion students to create a two-way dialogue with the designers of tomorrow. The project examines how the Army continues to impact on the development of contemporary clothing and features the work created by students as part of the project.

‘The Old and the Bold’

Open until 28 February 2014 – Free Entry

This display details the culmination of a year-long collaboration between the Museum and the Royal Hospital Chelsea, to capture, store and share the soldiering stories of the Royal Hospital’s Second World War veterans.

The project’s nine interviews with 14 In-Pensioners reveal fascinating, poignant and often comical personal accounts of campaigns, equipment, entertainment and forces sweethearts. Running from now until 3 January 2014 at the National Army Museum, Chelsea.

You can view interviews online too: www.nam.ac.uk/old-bold

Up-coming displays
Piece Makers

Opens 3 March 2014 – Free Entry

A dynamic new display which will draw together the history of sewing and soldiering from practical patch-ups and artistic endeavours to its role in aiding soldiers’ rehabilitation.

‘Piece Makers’ will exhibit the artistic results of an exciting two-year collaboration between the Museum, soldiers and contemporary artist Susan Stockwell. Stockwell used drawing, sewing and quilting with participant soldiers from rehabilitation and support centres to unlock memories and accounts of soldiering and life after the Army.

She also delved into historical material in the National Army Museum’s Collection, looking at the fusion of creativity and recuperation in Army life from the nineteenth century to present day.

Alongside historical items will be a large-scale art piece by Stockwell. Her final piece will bring into conversation historical themes about creativity in the Army with recent soldiers’ voices, thoughts and stories which were captured in the workshops, conversations and films throughout the course of the project.

Up-coming all day family events
Captain Clean

15 February 2014 – 23 February 2014 – Free Entry

You have been thrilled by the Avengers, gazed in awe at the X-Men, now meet Captain Clean, the Museum’s own mighty champion as he battles the forces of decay and defends the Museum’s precious Collection.

· Children are invited to hunt for clues and solve puzzles with Captain Clean
· Discover ways to track down Agents of Decay and beat these pesky foes

Tickets are not required for this event. Suitable for ages 5-11
. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live

Location: Olympia, London
20 February 2014 – 22 February 2014

The UK’s biggest family history event is back! The Museum will be on hand to give you some one-to-one guidance on your family history research.

Whether you are stuck finding an elusive ancestor, need help identifying military photographs or just need help to start your research, this is the perfect chance to pose specific questions to experts who can provide invaluable advice.

Tickets can be purchased from www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com

Upcoming celebrity Speaker Events
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 www.nam.ac.uk or by phone: 020 7881 6600

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 www.nam.ac.uk or by phone: 020 7881 6600

Up-coming Academic Conferences
The Armies in 1914

15 March 2014, 9.30am – 5.30pm – Free Entry

In a series of talks from a range of distinguished historians, the National Army Museum in association with King’s College London and the British Commission for Military History (BCMH) will examine the state of preparedness of the armies of Europe on the eve of the First World War.

Discussing the latest thinking and reviewing first-hand accounts, the speakers will examine how the great powers and lesser-known states readied themselves for war. The strategic plans, military doctrine, social composition and equipment of the armies in 1914 are just some of the topics to be discussed.

Please note: Admission will be on a first-come-first-served basis on the day of the event. Tickets are not required.

10.30-12.30 Britain’s Armies in 1914

The Regular Army – Brigadier (retd) Allan Mallinson
The Territorial Army – Professor Ian Beckett (University of Kent)
The Indian Army – Major (retd) Gordon Corrigan (BCMH) Raising the New Army – Mr David Bownes (National Army Museum)

12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.30 Britain’S Allies in 1914

The French Army – Professor William Philpott (King’s College London)
The Belgian Army – Mr Mario Draper (University of Kent)
The Russian and Serbian Armies – Mr Nik Cornish – TBC

15.30-15.45 Tea and Coffee
15.45-16.45 Britain’s Enemies in 1914

The German Army – Dr Robert Foley (King’s College London)
The Austro-Hungarian Army – Professor Alan Sked (London School of Economics)

16.45-17.30 Keynote: Major-General (retd) Mungo Melvin (BCMH)

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