Saturday, 20 July 2013

Mark Smith MA (author)

Victoria Cross Medal Ribbon and Bar
photo by Richard Harvey
Having blogged a couple of weeks ago about Bryn Hammond's Redoubt Fortress lecture on El Alamein, I thought I'd follow up with a second post about another talk in the series. The Redoubt has a further four talks planned, one each in August, September, October and November. Each is on the first Saturday of the month and the next one by Mark Smith MA explores the history of the Victoria Cross medal.

Mark Smith is a military historian and curator at the Royal Artillery Museum. He graduated from University College London in 2007 with a Masters Degree in Museum Studies and has written four books about the First World War. A member of the Western Front Association, The Orders and Medals Research Society and the Guild of Battlefield Guides, he has spent twenty-seven years leading tours of the First World War Battlefields of France and Belgium. Alongside this, the last nine years have seen Mark Smith studying the Victoria Cross, its history and many of the stories of real people who have received the award. The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth personnel for 'valour in the face of the enemy'.

Redoubt Fortress, Sat 3rd August, 14:00-16:00.
Tickets £12 adults, £10 concessions, available in person from the Redoubt or by calling 01323 410300.

Details of further lectures in the series are available on the Eastbourne Museums website: Ghosts on The Somme with Andy Robertshaw, 7th Sep.The Greatness of Haig with Peter Hart, 5th Oct.
Boy Soldiers of the Great War with Richard van Emden, 2nd Nov.

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