British Modern Military History Society

Who are we ?

The British Modern Military History Society (BMMHS) was formed following a chance meeting – in fact literally a ‘bumping into’  – of Linda Parker and Jerry Cockeram in December 2018. The conversation that ensued about modern military history sowed the seed that led to the creation of the BMMHS. 

Joined by Linda’s husband Nigel, and Jerry’s brother Andy, we are a group of enthusiastic amateurs based to the west of Reading, Berkshire who each have had huge interest in 20th century military matters for much of their lifetimes. We wish to pass on our passion and enthusiasm to others with  similar interests. 

The BMMHS is a ‘not for profit’ society

The BMMHS is a ‘not for profit’ society, which allows us to keep costs (speakers, room hire etc) to a minimum for all participants and attendees. Entry cost is just £8, payable on the door,  and will include the talk and a Q & A, drinks, light snacks (sandwiches etc.) and a contribution to a military charity. Car parking is available on site. 

Everyone is welcome.

BMMHS Virtual Talks

COVID-19 has put the meetings in the hall on hold for now. We are looking to resume when guidelines permit and it is safe to do so. In the meantime twice monthly Zoom talks are scheduled for time being.

What do we do ?

We offer an interesting range of talks and trips/events covering 20th and 21st Century military events and conflicts to like-minded enthusiasts.

Talks will be given by writers, academics, former military personnel, post graduate students  and will cover a wide variety of topics and events – hopefully an interesting cocktail to encourage you to join us.

We will look to link our trips to topical events and anniversaries mainly predominantly within the UK, and through contacts and collaboration with other organisations, we will be able to access some unusual or largely inaccessible military establishments. 

Battle of Britain Duxford

Who would be interested

We feel our talks and events will appeal to anyone who has an interest in 20th and 21st Century history.  This can be amateur enthusiasts, former or currently serving military personnel, history students, as well as people who had friends or family with military connections or have served in conflicts past.  Everyone who attends one of our talks or events will be given a warm welcome.

We would be very happy to post on the website reminiscences or ‘the story’ of family or friends who have served. For more information, contact us on

Interested in joining us at our talks and trips ?

If you are interested  in our any of our events or wish to find out more, please contact us on   Let us know who you are, your contact details and we will come back to you as soon as we can.

Also spread the word to your friends and family who may be interested in BMMHS activities, and ask them to check out our website

We will post details of all forthcoming events on this website.

Flight deck scene as Royal Marines of 41 Commando embark in a Wessex helicopter.

Interested in being a speaker, or do you know someone who might be happy to speak to us

The Falklands Conflict, Ian McDonald, the Deputy Chief of Public Relations at the MOD

If you wish to speak at one of our talks, or know someone who might be happy to,  please contact  us on  giving your own details and the topic you (or they) would be interested in speaking on.   

Normally,  we would expect talks to last about an hour with an opportunity for a Q&A afterwards.   A projector to show slides/photos etc will be available.  

Do you have a story to tell ?

So many of us have a story to tell about themselves, and family or friends who have served in military conflicts over the last century.  We would love to hear about it.  If you have photos and documents, you would be willing to share with us, even better. 

If you think we might be interested, let us know and we will be happy to include their story on the website.  Contact us on and we will come back to you shortly.

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