Welcome to the Friends of the Aldershot Military Museum


Group photo after our vist to Brooklands Museum 2018. Picture by Mike Gardiner.

New Look

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To celebrate our 30th anniversary, the site has taken on a new responsive look. This gives a better experience when viewed on wide screen monitors and mobile devices. Our pages contain a lot of large images and are best viewed on a PC using the Google Chrome browser.

When viewing a submenu the main menu bar has been removed. To return to the main menu click the "Home" link or our icon (the Museum Building) at the top of the page. This is to allow us to add more items to the submenus and to give a better user experience when viewing on smaller screens.

Latest News

Peter Barrack life in Aldershot through the ages

Peter Reese describes barrack life. Aldershot Military Museum September 2018 - Part of Heritage Open Days.

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EdgePaul The Edge Project & Secret Aldershot

On the 6th September 2018 Paul Vickers launched his book on Secret Aldershot. In conjunction with the launch The EDGE Project presented a photography exhibition unlocking the hidden factual historical stories written by Paul. The event was held at the Aldershot Enterprise Centre (Mandora House).

A display cabinet with items from the First World War was donated by The EDGE Project, on behalf of the Wessex Heritage Trust, supporting Paul H. Vickers “Secret Aldershot”.

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HOD18Cem Cemetery Tour

Here are some image of the tour: "Airmen and aviators in the Aldershot Military Cemetery" given by Dean Hollands in September 2018 as part of Heritage Open Days.

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final The Final Chapter: Aldershot and Farnborough and the end of the First World War

The Friends of the Aldershot Military Museum have been pleased to work with Rushmoor Borough Council on “The Final Chapter”, a special exhibition to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

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tea party Christmas Tea Party

This year we are having a festive CHRISTMAS TEA PARTY when the Victor Waller Award will be presented during the afternoon of Tuesday 11th December.

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This year send your Christmas greetings with a colourful and attractive card published by the Friends of the Aldershot Military Museum, which reflects Aldershot’s military heritage.

The 2018 card has an exclusive design using the famous figure of a drummer of the 37th (North Hampshire) Regiment c.1810, which was originally in the Wellington Centre, Aldershot, and was re-housed in the Aldershot Military Museum in October 2018. (For more information on the drummer, click this link.)

The cards are available in packets of 10 for £3.50 from the Aldershot Military Museum in Queens Avenue, Aldershot. All funds from the sale of the card will go to help the Friends of the Military Museum to support their efforts to help the work of the Museum and to preserve and promote the history of Aldershot.

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drummer The North Hampshire Regiment Drummer
The information in this article has been updated by Paul Vickers.
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garrison.018 Garrison Herald 019 & 020
Two unedited version Garrison Herald article for April 2018/May 2018 and June 2018/July 2018 are now available on our website.
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FAMM AGM 2018 & Spring Talks for 2019
The Friends AGM will be held on Tuesday 21st November 2018. All are welcome.

Two new talks for Spring 2019 have been announced.
Details can be found on our Events Page.

Book Paul's New Book: Secret Aldershot
Paul Vickers has published a book on Secret Aldershot. Copies can be purchased from the Museum and other book sellers.
Please check out our Books Page for details.

HOD Heritage Opens Days

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September

The Friends will be putting on two events in September for Heritage Open Days. The themes are: Airmen and aviators in the Aldershot Military Cemetery and Barrack life in Aldershot through the ages.

Please see our Events Page for details.

ROH The Rushmoor Roll of Honour - Third Edition
The Third edition adds ten more names to the Roll. Making a total of 681 names.
Please check out our Projects Page for details.

Book Dean's New Book: Hampshire's Military Heritage
Dean Hollands has published a book on Hampshire's Military Heritage. Copies can be purchased from the Museum and other book sellers.
Please check out our Books Page for details.

Memorial to Alan and Smudge
Memorial pages for both Alan Grover and Harold “Smudge” Smith have been added. They were both long serving members of the Friends that have sadly passed away.
Details can be found on our Memorial Page.

boyce Annual Excursion - Wednesday 23rd May 2018
See pictures from our visted to Brooklands Museum on the Events Page.

toye FAMM and the Edge Project
The Friends of the Aldershot Military Museum are pleased to be the heritage partner for the Edge Project Aldershot in their latest venture, “War Town”.
See the Projects Page for details.

toye The Alfred Maurice Toye VC Memorial
More details of Maurice Toye and his medal-winning actions have been added.
See the Members Page for details.

boyce FAMM News
Gerry Walters has stepped down from his position as Chairman. This is unfortunate for the Committtee and the Friends and we thank him very much for all his hard work and dedication as Chairman during this very difficult period with all the ongoing changes taking place at the Museum. Thankfully for us all, he stays a member and will continue as our first port of call in the "DIY Department."
In the meantime, Dean Hollands, our Vice Chairman has agreed to be "Acting Chairman" until the November Annual General Meeting. Likewise John Fitzpatrick has stepped up from the ranks of Friends, to be "Acting Vice Chairman."

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Our new Heritage Project Officer as you know is Paul Vickers, and he is significantly involved in developing the Heritage Trails with other groups in and around Aldershot. Paul is working on the content of the Information Panels that will be sited along the various routes. He is seeking support from any Friends who would be interested in helping him, by contributing their specialist military knowledge. Please let him know if you are interested, and he will let you know the details of what he needs.
See our Heritage Trails page for more details.

hh Project Operation Helping Hand
On Wednesday 21 st February, Dean our Project Manager met with Nick Suffolk who is the Hampshire Culture Trust Coordinator for this Project. During the meeting Dean handed over the material collected by the Friends about the vehicles, guns and Montgomery’s Barn so that the proposed improvements can be made.

Nick was delighted with the work undertaken by the Friends and asked that his thanks be passed to all concerned for a job well done, and one which could not have been achieved within the time scales needed without the Friends help and support. Besides the use by the Museum of this information, it will also be uploaded to our Website for you to see.

The Committee would like to thank everyone who helped with the Project and offer a special thanks to Don Macnaughton for the significant contribution he made in making the Project such a success.
Our Projects page will be updated soon with the information.

raptc badge RAPTC Museum Website
As I also volunteer at the Royal Army Physical Training Corps Museum, I thought that you might be interested in the museum new web site that has been launched today (5th January 2018).
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