Welcome to the British Modern Military History Society

Welcome to the British Modern Military History Society.  Formed in early 2019, we organise monthly talks for anyone interested in military history over the last 200 years from Nelson’s times to the present day.   

We organise top quality talks given by writers, academics, former military personnel, and experts in their field with  a wide variety of topics – hopefully an interesting cocktail to encourage you to join us.  Based in Woodcote Village Hall RG8 0QY (near Wallingford) in South Oxfordshire, we can accommodate up to 100 people at each talk in pleasant surroundings, offering a warm and welcoming evening out.    

We have a full schedule of monthly talks scheduled throughout 2020 and most of 2021 on El Alamein, the Cold War, the Falklands, the Spanish Civil War and the Battle of the Atlantic and much more – something to appeal to everyone, we hope.  Check out the full programme and talk details on the website or our Facebook pages. 

The BMMHS meetings previously planned for April, May, June and July 2020 are all CANCELLED due to COVID-19

June 2020

July 2020

Mindful of the current situation of COVID-19 and real likelihood of an extension of the restrictions of social distancing and lock-down well into the summer, the BMMHS has taken the decision to cancel the talks planned for April, May, June and July We believe this is in the best interests of all our members, our speakers and our suppliers who are involved with all our talks.
If circumstances permit, we will endeavour to continue with our autumn programme and where possible to add additional talks into our schedule once normality has returned. 
In the next two weeks, we shall be launching a new initiative named Operation Bookworm with the aim of asking our members and supporters to contribute to a book we would like to produce about the military experiences of themselves or their families.  We shall publish more details in April on the website, so watch this space. 
At this stage we are looking to start our talks again on Wed 9th September with leading historian Paul Beaver giving a talk on the Sinking of the Italian Fleet at Taranto in 1940.   Of course, this is subject to the prevailing situation on COVID19 and Government advice.  Also if circumstances permit, we shall look to add additional talks during the autumn. 
We look forward to continuing normal service once we have been advised that it is safe to do so.
The BMMHS Executive Team

Ticket Pricing, Reservations and Venue Directions

Entry cost is just £8, payable (cash only) on the door.  This includes your entry ticket to the talk, a Q & A, refreshments (beer, wine, soft drinks) and light snacks (sandwiches etc.).  At each talk, we also make a contribution to a military related charity of our speaker’s choice. We also hold a raffle at each talk.

Doors open at 7:00pm and talks are scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. Entrance to the main hall is via the main entrance on the Reading Road in Woodcote.

Car parking is available on site, but can get quite busy. Disabled parking and access to the hall is available. 

As many of our talks do ‘sell out’ in advance, we recommend you reserve your places well in advance to avoid disappointment by contacting us on info@bmmhs.org   We will then confirm your reservation back to you if seats are available.

If you have any other questions,  please contact us on info@bmmhs.org 

We look forward to welcoming you to our meeting.

P-38 Lightning crews of the 55th Fighter Group are briefed at Nuthampstead air base. 12th November 1943.  © IWM FRE 161
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Britain's fascination with the Arctic

Britain’s fascination with the Arctic

“The history of Britain’s fascination with the Arctic over two centuries is explored in Linda Parker’s article ,” A particularly British object ” http://www.linda-parker.co.uk/britain-and-the-arctic-in-the-19th-and-20th-centuries/

Nan's Ration Book

Aunt’s Ration Book

Previous Next Hopefully these won’t be coming back into fashion during this current crisis…. Sadly, I couldn’t find the loo roll tokens though! Do you have any items/snippets of interest that you wish to share with us ? Info@bmmhs.org

Sadly These Talks Cancelled - COVID-19

The Battle of the Atlantic; The Turning point

Wed 5th February 2020

RN Cold War Submarine Ops

Cold War Royal Navy Submarine operations

Wed 10th June 2020

Operation Tiger

Wed 8th July2020

Hopefully NORMAL SERVICE will resume Wednesday 9th September 2020

Taranto - The Sinking of the Italian Fleet

Paul Beaver

Assumes the current COVID-19 restrictions will no longer apply by then.

What you are saying about

BMMHS Meetings 2021 Include

Nicci Pugh - White Ship Red Crosses

White Ship - Red Crosses

13th January 2021



10th February 2021

The Women who flew for Hitler



10th March 2021

Our Last Talk and New Articles

March Talk

Sir John Slessor - An unsung Cold War Strategist and his role as the architect of British Airborne Nuclear Deterrence.​

Sir John Slessor

Speaker: Bill Pyke

New Article

The Letcombe Lion

An article by Trevor Hancock

The Atlantic Attempt 1930
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Commemorative Event 23rd May 2020

The Loss of Whitley V N1380 DY-R France 1940

Mission Fraternité 2020
Mission Fraternité 2020
Whitley V RAF Driffield
Whitley V N1380 DY-R for Robert - Lost in France May 1940

Click to see full BMMHS event listing pages.

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