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Member Ticket: Army, Empire and Cinema (14th September)

Member Ticket: Army, Empire and Cinema (14th September)

Army, Empire and Cinema 

National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 

Saturday 14 September 2024 

Marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Victorian Military Society and the 60th anniversary of the premiere of Zulu 



1000-1025 Arrival (Museum opens 1000) 

1025-1030 Welcome by Andrew Smith, VMS Chairman 

1030-1045 Introduction: Ian Beckett 

1045-1140 ‘Dwarfing the Mightiest: Zulu and Beyond – Representing Zulu History in Cinema’: Ian Knight 

1150-1245 ‘Valleys of Death: Putting the Crimean War on Film’: Mark Connelly 

1245-1330 Lunch 

1330-1425 ‘Mr Kipling’s Celluloid Soldiers’: Ian Beckett 

1430-1525 ‘One Book and Four Films: The Four Feathers’: Rodney Atwood 

1530-1625 ‘Khartoum - End of a Cinematic Era’: Christopher Brice 

1630-1715 Panel Discussion 

1715-1730 Disperse (Museum closes 1730) 


Following payment your name and number of tickets purchased will be added to the guest list of the event.



Dr Rodney Atwood is the author of The Life of Field Marshal Lord Roberts (2014), The March to Kandahar: Roberts in Afghanistan (2020), and Roberts and Kitchener in South Africa (2020). He serves on the advisory board for Soldiers of the Queen, journal of the Victorian Military Society.  

Professor Ian Beckett’s publications include The Victorians at War (2003), Wolseley and Ashanti: The Asante War Journal and Correspondence of Major General Sir Garnet Wolseley, 1873-74 (2009), and A British Profession of Arms: The Politics of Command in the Late Victorian Army (2018). 

Dr Christopher Brice is a Council member of the VMS. His books include The Thinking Man’s Soldier: The Life and Career of General Sir Henry Brackenbury (2013), Brave as a Lion: The Life and Times of Field Marshal High Gough, 1st Viscount Gough (2017), and (as editor) Forgotten Victorian Generals (2019).  

Professor Mark Connelly’s publications include The British Film Guide: The Charge of the Light Brigade (2003), (co-editor) War and the Media: Reportage and Propaganda, 1900-2003 (2005), and Celluloid War Memorials: The British Instructional Film Company and the Memory of the Great War (2019). 

Ian Knight is a renowned expert on the Zulu War. His publications include Brave Men’s Blood: The Epic of the Zulu War, 1879 (1990), Zulu Rising: The Epic Story of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift (2011), and Warriors in Scarlet: The Life and Times of the Last Redcoats (2023). 

Andrew Smith is Chairman of the VMS and Editor of its journal Soldiers of the Queen. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he serves on the Council of the Royal Society of St George. His book An Imperial Brotherhood is due for publication in 2025. 


Following payment your name and number of tickets purchased will be added to the guest list of the event.

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