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Our recent evening of fundraising lectures, ‘WW1 Uncovered’ at Reading University

Our evening of fundraising lectures, ‘WW1 Uncovered’ at Reading University on Friday 18 October 2013 was well attended with over 380 people joining us. Three lectures were given over the course of the evening.

Attendees enjoying pre-lecture drinks

The first, by La Boisselle Study Group members Peter Barton and Jeremy Banning concentrated on the unique value of the La Boisselle Project in promoting the commemoration, education, archaeology and memorialisation of the Great War. Next up was BBC Coast’s Tessa Dunlop who spoke about a subject unknown to many; the role of Queen Marie of Romania during the Great War.

Simon Jones, Jeremy Banning, Hugh Dennis, Tessa Dunlop, Peter Barton and the evening’s MC, Richard Anderson

After an interval break we were treated to Hugh Dennis (Mock the Week, Outnumbered, The Now Show) speaking about his wartime family experiences and what he had learnt from visiting the battlefields whilst appearing in the BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

The evening was successfully concluded with an auction of books written by La Boisselle Study Group members – the winning bid coming from our guest Hugh Dennis.

Our sincere thanks to Tessa and Hugh for joining us and the organising team of Richard Anderson, Rohit Tanna, Andrew Norton, Roy Murphy, Bill Gornall-King and Nicky Dane for their wonderful assistance. Similar thanks are extended to Reading University who provided a superb venue, our team of volunteers who marshalled the evening and, of course, those who joined us.

Peter Barton and Jeremy Banning speaking about their work at La Boisselle

Peter Barton talking about archaeology and the Great War

Tessa Dunlop speaking about Queen Marie of Romania

Hugh Dennis speaking about his grandfather’s service in the Great War

The audience enrapt in Hugh’s talk on his grandfather’s wartime service

Fundraising Dinner at the Officer’s Mess, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst – 8 November 2012

On Thursday 8 November ninety-one guests gathered for a fundraising black tie dinner at the Officer’s Mess, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. During pre-dinner drinks in an upstairs ante-room artefacts from this year’s archaeology were on display along with a selection of maps, plans and books. There was also a ‘pop-up’ display on show, designed by Paul Hewitt and generously donated and printed by George Prové at Newvale Print.

The ante-room with ‘pop-up’ and archaeological artefacts on display

After a brief introductory talk by Peter Barton and Jeremy Banning we went downstairs to be treated to a delicious three-course dinner. Full regimental mess protocol was observed with a Loyal Toast to Her Majesty The Queen, a toast to fallen comrades and a minute’s silence.

Archaeological artefacts on display in the ante-room

There followed an hour’s illustrated presentation by Peter Barton and Jeremy Banning on the history of the Glory Hole at La Boisselle, tunnel warfare on site and the ongoing archaeological work; it was followed by many questions. The evening ended with an auction which was very generously supported. We would like to thank all of those who attended and made the evening such a memorable success.

Dinner guests seated in the Officer’s Mess

Our sincere thanks to the Commandant of Sandhurst, Major-General Timothy Evans, Giles Orpen-Smellie (The Sandhurst Foundation) and Paul McQuillan of Compass Group. We would like to express our gratitude to Richard Anderson (auctioneer extraordinaire), Rohit Tanna, Roy Murphy, Andrew Norton, Bill Gornall-King and Nick Mercer for their assistance in organising the evening and guests plus a million other kindnesses.

Peter Barton & Jeremy Banning’s after dinner presentation