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Lectures at Bovington Tank Museum


Thought you green hatted types would be interested in these lectures, especially Julian Thompson & Andy McNab

Out of Hours (Lectures & Performances)

Evening lectures, performances & talks at The Tank Museum in 2007/2008.
For all events, the Museum and bar will open at 6pm. Parking is free. We would ask that you take your seats 10 minutes before the event commences, but please note that seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets available from The Tank Museum and the Tourist Information Centres in Wareham & Dorchester. Due to the limited capacity for each event, we highly recommend booking

Tuesday 16th October 2007 - 7.30pm: Julian Thompson. CB, OBE.
3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands
Celebrated military historian Major General Julian Thompson,
commanded 3 Commando Brigade when they carried out the initial
landings to repossess the Falkland Islands. To mark the 25th
anniversary of the Falklands War, he will talk about his part in this
very British campaign.
£12 per person: Tickets Available: 300. For every ticket sold 10% will be donated to the South Atlantic Medal Association.

Thursday 25th October 2007: 7.00pm - Purbeck Film Festival.
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Introduced by Cinematographer Ossie Morris. The theme of the 2007 Purbeck Film Festival is India, a nation celebrating 60 years of independence. To mark this, we will be showing The Man Who Would be King (1975). Based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling, two British ex-soldiers set off from 19th century
British India in search of adventure, to become kings of Kafiristan. Ossie Morris, the film’s cinematographer, will introduce the film and take questions afterwards.
Adult: £5; Under 16: £2.50; Family (2+2 or 1+3): £12.50
Tickets Available: 300

Thursday 1st November 2007 - 7.30pm
An Evening with Andy McNab
A man who needs no introduction, Andy McNab is the author of the two highest selling military history books of all time; Bravo Two Zero and Immediate Action. Join us for this unique opportunity to hear about the experiences of
this decorated former SAS serviceman in what promises to be a memorable evening. There will also be a book signing session.
£12 per person: Tickets Available: 300. Strictly No photography allowed!

Thursday 28th February 2008 - 7.30pm: Gordon Corrigan.
Blood, Sweat and Arrogance: The Myths of Churchill's War
Distinguished author Gordon Corrigan has gained a name for writing military history books that challenge commonly held conceptions of the past. His latest work Blood, Sweat and Arrogance: The Myths of Churchill's War - also the subject of this talk - challenges our assumptions about the Second World War and exposes just how close Britain came to losing.
£9 per person: Tickets Available: 100

Thursday 27th March 2008 - 7.30pm: David Fletcher.
Mr Kipling’s Museum - 60 years of The Tank Museum.
To mark The Tank Museum’s 60 years as a public Museum, Tank Museum Historian David Fletcher will recall the history of this internationally important museum; from its birth as a teaching collection after World War One, to its present position as a leading tourist attraction. Local heritage meets international history in an entertaining talk by one of the world’s leading military vehicle experts.
£9 per person. Tickets Available: 100

Thursday 24th April 2008 - 7.30pm: Allan Mallinson.
The Warriors Trade - From Badajoz to Basra.
Retired Brigadier Allan Mallinson is now a successful novelist, historian, and journalist. From the perspective of historian and modern defence commentator, he will examine the enduring character of the British soldier, describing a historical continuity of this trade from Badajoz to Basra - and how he believes that this continuity is in danger today. The tenth book in a series of novels chronicling the life of Matthew Hervey, a Dragoon officer in the Napoleonic Wars is published in March 2008, titled The Warriors Trade.
£9 per person. Tickets Available: 100

Thursday 29th May 2008 - 7.30pm: Gary Sheffield.
Douglas Haig - Was he the Accidental Victor in 1918?
Douglas Haig was a controversial figure of World War One and his methods have been frequently called into question by historians ever since. In this lecture, University of Birmingham War Studies Professor Gary Sheffield talks about the final year of the First World War and discusses Haig’s role in the victory of 1918.
£9 per person. Tickets Available: 100

Wednesday 9th July 2008 - 7.30pm (TBC).
Proms At The Museum - The Light Cavalry Band.
The pomp and circumstance of popular classics. The Tank Museum presents an open air concert featuring Proms favourites such as: Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory, and Rule Britannia.
Proceeds to the Corps of Army Music Trust and The Tank Museum.
Visitors are welcome to bring chairs, food & drink and warm clothes.
Please contact us for confirmation of date & time.
Adults: £5.00; Under 16's: £3.00.
Tickets available: Unlimited, but limited to 300 if bad weather forces us to hold concert indoors. (Please book in advance to avoid disappointment)

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For more information, or to book places for the computer course, please telephone Kingston Maurward College on 01305 215 215, or visit their website:

Bookings and information for Tank Museum Lectures - tel: 01929 405096 Ext 212 or email: [email protected]

Download pdf of The Tank Museum's Out of Hours programme 2007/08
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader - available from Opens in new window.)

The Museum with its five halls and three large external demonstration areas has the space and facilities to cater for any event be it business or pleasure, indoors or out. With our corporate services department at hand to give any advise or help with planning and co-ordination.

In the past the Museum has held lectures for over 300 and dinners for over 200. The Museum as also catered for launch parties, award ceremonies & trade shows with great efficiency.

The following shows attend the Museum annually with attendances of over 1500.

Wargamers Weekend
Military Vehicle Trust Weekend
Wessex Classic Car Show
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