This year’s autumn events programme here at the Battle of Britain Memorial is set to be the most exciting ever, with a broad range of great speakers lining up to talk on a fascinating array of different topics.
Our Sunday afternoon talks have proved increasingly popular over the past few years, with the result that this season’s speakers include author and TV personality Dr Lucy Worsley OBE and Sqn Ldr John Peters, who was shot down by a SAM missile during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and tortured along with co-pilot John Nichol.
With tickets for these two speakers in particular likely to be in great demand, priority will be given to members of our Friends of the Few organisation, who also enjoy a discount on these popular events.
The autumn season begins on Sunday 22 September with a talk on Exercise Magersfontein given by Commander David Houston, who served in the South African Navy.
Exercise Magersfontein was held in 1988 to demonstrate the force’s ability to carry out long-range and extended operations and included the South African Navy and Army’s first demonstration of the forces’ ability to carry out an amphibious landing. But as Cdr Houston, the Operations Officer for the Amphibious Task Force Commander at the time, will explain, not everything went to plan.
The following Sunday, 29 September, Jim Nicolson will give a unique insight into the life of his uncle, James Nicolson, the only Fighter Command pilot to have been awarded the Victoria Cross. His fascinating talk is entitled James Nicolson VC DFC.
On Sunday 6 October, award-winning Wing Commander Sophy Gardner MBE RAF (rtd) will provide a unique, in-depth insight into the subject of The RAF and Memorials, while a fortnight later, on 20 October, author and TV presented Dr Lucy Worsley OBE will visit the site.
Dr Worsley’s talk on Queen Victoria is expected to sell out very quickly, and members of the Trust’s own Friends of the Few organisation will be given priority booking before general tickets go on sale on 15 September. Booking for Friends opens on 1 September.
The same restriction will apply to the talk on 27 October by Sqn Ldr John Peters, who was shot down by a shoulder-launched SAM missile during Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991 and will no doubt include that dramatic episode in his eagerly awaited talk on his experiences in the RAF.
All the talks take place in the Geoffrey Page Centre at 2.30pm and booking is essential as space is limited. Ring 01303 249292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Hurricane members of Friends of the Few are entitled to free admission, Spitfire members pay just £5 and non-members pay £10. To join Friends of the Few click here.