Events

Lecture:Tolerating Mysteries (Peter Barton)

Thursday 25th September, 7pm

First World War military history in the English language is peculiar in commonly reporting momentous events without the automatic provision of that most critical of validating contexts, the ‘enemy’ narrative. This omission has resulted in flawed chronicles that have long been accepted as unchallengeable truth. The study of German primary sources exposes countless ‘alternative’ accounts, and reveals archives that are monumental in scale and forensic in detail.  There may be many unexpected and uncomfortable revelations, but history is not there to be ‘liked’, it is there to be learned from. Scrutiny of the actions at Fromelles in 1915 and 1916 provide illuminating, surprising and controversial ‘potted’ examples of the future research potential.

After 100 years, says Peter Barton, the provision of a mutually corroborated balanced narrative is surely obligatory.

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Tickets: £5 (includes refreshments)
Time: 7pm


 

Lecture: The Kaiser’s War? (Christoph Bull)

Thursday 30th October, 7pm

The Kaiser’s War? 

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Tickets: £5 (includes refreshments)
Time: 7pm

 

Lecture:

Thursday 27th November, 7pm

Creating cinematic war memorials: the First World War battle reconstructions of British Instructional Films, 1921-1931 (Mark Connelly)

 

British Instructional Films made a series of battle reconstructions with the aid of the War Office and Admiralty that proved smash hits across the Empire. Now almost entirely unknown, these films attempted to show the people of the Empire exactly what their soldiers and sailors had done on their behalf. Using hundreds of troops and ships lent by the army and navy, BIF was able to create epics which thrilled people whilst also making them consider the cost of the war. Such was the importance of these films that King George V made the first ever visit by a British monarch to a public cinema in order to see the 1924 film Zeebrugge. He was so impressed that when the Battles of the Coronel and Falkland Islands was released in 1927 he requested a private showing at Balmoral. By looking at these films, it is possible to tell much about how people across the British Empire understood the war in its immediate aftermath.

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Tickets: £5 (includes refreshments)
Time: 7pm

 

Heritage Open Day 2014

14th September 2014

FREE talk on the Royal Engineers involvement in the First World War as part of the National Heritage Open Day weekend. 

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Talk Times: 12.00-13.00 and 14.30-15.30

 

Berlin Wall Art Family Activities

28th - 31st October 2014

During October half term we will be focusing on the street art which covered the largest canvas in the world, the Berlin wall.  Discover why the wall was popular with artists from all over the world and what styles and techniques they were using to create street art. Even the youngest of visitors will have plenty of inspiration to contribute to the Museum’s expressive mural.

Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm

War Time Christmas Weekend

13th - 14th December 2014

Join us this Christmas at the Royal Engineers Museum to find out how Christmas time was celebrated during the Second World War.

Time: 10.30am – 5.00pm

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