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From Sevastopol to Afghanistan
national army museum, Wellington at Sorauren, 27 July 1813, Jones Barker
'Wellington at Sorauren, 27 July 1813' by Jones Barker, 1853

If you have an interest in military history, then you have probably already visited the National Army Museum at some point. But even if you have seen all the displays, there is plenty more you can learn.

Instead of borrowing books from the library and spending hours doing research, why not learn in a more interactive way? Attending a lunchtime lecture is far more engaging, and you will probably learn more as a result.

I know that if I am reading for a long period of time, my mind starts to wander, and by the time I finish a chapter, I realise that most of what I just read completely washed over me, leaving me non-the wiser, and with several hours less to live.

Listening is far quicker than reading, and it also means that the professors will filter out any unnecessary information. It is also useful if you are unsure about anything - you can't ask a book a question, but a lecturer will be more than happy to elaborate.

The lunchtime lectures at the National Army Museum cover a wide history of conflict; learn about conflicts such as The Crimean War up to World War Two. All these lectures are free and take place every Thursday at 12.30pm. At the moment, they have sessions scheduled up until the 6th March.

The next lecture is on the 31st October, and is about Britain's First Afghan War. This will be followed by Gordon and Tolstoy at Sevastopol, and a reflection on 'Wellington's Worst Scrape'. Other topics include battle reconstructions on film, war poetry and prose, and The Opium Wars.
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When: Thursdays, 12.30pm
Phone: 020 7730 0717
Where: National Army Museum
Cost: Free
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