THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2015
It was good in April to see so many members at the SAHR Annual General Meeting, Prize-giving and Reception at the East India Club in St James Square. The event, attended by our patron HRH The Duke of Kent, was a most enjoyable occasion and many members remarked that the evening had a real ‘buzz’ about it.
THE TEMPLER MEDAL COMPETITION RESULT & BEST FIRST BOOK AWARDS
This year was the best ever in terms of quantity of entries received – and it is very clear that The Templer Medal is now seen as the leading award for excellence in terms of Military History writing in the United Kingdom.
This year’s Templer Winner Richard Vinen (centre) with HRH and the other Templer Winners and families.
Richard Vinen was this year’s winner with his book National Service, A Generation in Uniform 1945-1963, (Penguin Random House), 2nd Place Daniel Marston for his The Indian Army and the End of the Raj, (Cambridge UP). 3rd Place Chris Pugsley for A Bloody Road Home: World War II and New Zealand's Heroic 2nd Division, (Penguin NZ). The Best First Book Awards went to 1st Erica Charters for Disease, War and the Imperial State: The Welfare of the British Armed Forces during the Seven Years War, (Chicago UP), 2nd Erica Wald Vice in the Barracks: Medicine, The Military and the Making of Colonial India, 1780-1868, (Palgrave Macmillan) and 3rd George Morton-Jack, The Indian Army on the Western Front, India's Expeditionary Force to France and Belgium in the First World War, (Cambridge UP).
THE TEMPLER MEDAL LECTURE AND DINNER – Tuesday 3 Nov 2015
Richard Vinen this year’s winner has agreed to talk at the Army and Navy Club, 36 Pall Mall on Tuesday 3 November 2015. This is an event for SAHR members, and each may bring one guest, if they wish. The lecture is FREE. There will be a cash bar from 6 p.m. before the lecture. The lecture starts at 6.45 p.m. The dinner is £27 for two courses and £32 for three in the Club’s magnificent Dining Room, where we have reserved a SAHR table, and hope to see as many members as possible staying for what promises to be a convivial evening. The event booking proforma has been sent out to all members in the Summer Journal. New members will receive an event booking proforma from the Membership Secretary.
THE SAHR ESSAY PRIZE COMPETITION 2014
First prize for those in Secondary Education went to Toby Clark of Bloxham School who wrote up his investigation into the wartime experiences of three generations of a local family. This was probably the most original essay received by the competition judges to date and it compares the conditions and experiences of members of the same family through the Napoleonic, Crimean and Great Wars.
First prize in the Undergraduate class went to Filip Kurowski of Birmingham University who wrote an excellent essay on the tactical, logistical and intelligence challenges facing the British Army in the North African Campaign of 1940/43. Runner up was Christopher Batt, also of Birmingham University, who looked at the contribution of Wellington’s leadership and his troops’ fighting abilities to success in the Peninsular War.
Essay Competition entry details are on this website at ‘Prizes & Grants’. SAHR members are asked to share the existence of the competition with schools and universities – world-wide!
THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM (IWM)
The Society has played a role in helping to persuade the IWM not to close its research facilities. We are pleased to report that the threat of closure has now passed and that proposals to charge for the use of the research room facilities have also been dropped. The Research Room will operate four days a week (Mon – Thu) with morning and afternoon sessions, and, as before, sessions must be booked in advance. (The IWM is one of our website’s Links) To assist researchers in response to feed back from SAHR and elsewhere IWM will introduce a digital photo permit for a set fee.
NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM (NAM) & ARCHIVE VISIT Wednesday 2 Sept 2015
Work on the rebuild of NAM continues amid a mixture of excitement and concern about its future role and research facilities. In order to keep in touch with NAM at this critical time we are seeking to co-opt a suitable member of NAM staff onto the Council. We have also arranged a FREE visit for members to the Museum archives and research staff at 2 Caxton Way, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2DF. The event starts at 1.45 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Details have been provided to existing members in the Summer Journal. Once again the Membership Secretary will provide the booking contact for Stevenage (though numbers are limited) to newly-joined members.
UNIVERSITY RESEARCH GRANTS
SAHR has recently made two further research grants. Recipient undergraduates to date come from the USA, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and England. All the details for applying are on this website at ‘Prizes & Grants’.
AGM 2016 – Wednesday 27 April at a venue yet to be confirmed.