Battlefields Trust London Lunchtime Lectures
BATTLEFIELDS TRUST LUNCHTIME LECTURES
The Fusilier Museum London
Officer’s Mess of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
HM Tower of London
We are setting up a programme of lunchtime talks for people who are interested in military history and live, work in or visit the City of London. Our programme will cover battles, battlefields, new research in military history and work by new and established authors. It will also be a chance to find out about the battlefield history of the South East of England. Our speakers include many published military historians and archaeologists. We are doing this to raise awareness of The Battlefields Trust as well as attract members and funds to help us in our role to preserve, interpret and develop battlefields for heritage purposes.
Our host is the Fusilier Museum, and the talks are held in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Officers Mess in the Tower of London.
The events for Summer 2012 are as follows:
25 May 2012 Naseby: The Battle Then and the Battlefield Now - -
Speaker: Martin Marix Evans.
Naseby was the decisive battle of the English Civil War, securing the eventual victory of Parliament and opening the door to the growth of democratic government. While other major battles – Hastings, Bosworth and Culloden– are well marked, Naseby had been neglected for many years before the Battlefields Trust set up a working party to plan development in 2001.
Martin Marix Evans is a prolific military history author of military history and has been leading the development of the Naseby battlefield. The profit from this talk will be donated to the Naseby Battlefield Project.
18 June 2012: Waterloo, Hougoumont and La Haye Sainte.
Speaker Carole Divall
The battle of Waterloo was the climactic battle of the Napoleonic era and the only battle in which Napoleon faced the Duke of Wellington. The fight for the fortified farm buildings in front of the allied line was key to the battle.
Carole Divall specialises in the social history of the Napoleonic Wars and has written extensively about the daily life of the armies of the era.
The funds raised from this event will be donated to the Hougoumont Project. This is the project to restore the currently derelict farm complex and preserve this iconic part of the battlefield of Waterloo.
To book a place at this event visit
2 July 2012: Landscapes of the Somme
Speaker: Professor William Philpott
William Philpott has been Professor of the History of Warfare in The Department of War Studies, King’s College London since 2011. His current research interests lie in the field of First World War military history at the strategic, operational and tactical levels.
His book, “Bloody Victory: The Sacrifice on the Somme and the Making of the Twentieth Century” was published in 2009. He is currently writing a new study of the strategic and military conduct of the First World War, “War of Attrition”, to be published in 2013, and also editing the command diaries of Field Marshal Sir John French, 1914–15, for the Army Records Society
If you would like to attend these events please make a donation of £25 for each attendee (£20 for members of the Battlefields Trust) via the Just Giving page set up for each lecture - details on the battlefieldsTrust.com website
On receipt, email confirmation will be sent together with directions to the venue. If you have any questions, please ring +44 207 387 6620. We look forward to welcoming you.
Space is limited so book early to guarantee a ticket!
Autumn / Spring 2013 Programme
We will be scheduling more talks during the autumn and winter from such historians and others with stories to tell of battlefields such as:-
• Charles Messenger - Great War
• Gordon Corrigan - Blitzkrieg - or Why the Germans Lost
• Dr Christopher Duffy - Redcoats and Highlanders
• Michael Jones - The East Front WW2
• Charles Esdaile - Tales of the Peninsular wars & Peninsular 200
• Andy Robertshaw & David Kenyon - War Horse the movie and the history.
• Gareth Glover - New Interpretation of Waterloo
• Christopher Scott - The Battle of Oudenaarde
• Robert Hardy & Peter Hoskins - The Black Prince & Poitiers
• Dan Mills - Sniper One and soldier’s experience of Iraq
• Frank Baldwin - London’s Gunners in Normandy 1944
• Christopher Newbould - The Tommy’s experience of South Africa
• Battlefields Trust - New Interpretations of Bosworth Field
PS YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY TO ENTER THE TOWER OF LONDON TO ATTEND THESE TALKS