to LMHG's website. We are still very much a work in progress and look forward to getting feedback to help us to continue to improve the site for members and visitors. If you have any suggestions please e-mail them to:
Col Mike Diss is currently interim Chairman of the Group and we look forward post Covid to announcing our future programme from September 2020
SUMMARY OF NEXT EVENTS
The Executive are currently reviewing the programme for winter 2020/21 and this will be notified when finalised
For details of these future events see Events tab.
Autumn Lecture TBD
Annual Dinner 2021
Carol Service TBD
We are always looking for new members. Contact us now for membership.
Brigadier Peter Rafferty MBE DL
Lancaster Military Heritage Group was formed in 1999 after yet another Defence Review! The diminishing significance of the Armed Forces in the Lancaster District, and the growing gulf between the military and the public understanding led Major General Nigel St George Gribbon to propose the founding of a group to bridge this divide.
The aims of the Group are:
To maintain and develop the historical links between the Armed Forces, their supporting civilian services and the local community in the City and District of Lancaster.
The aim is achieved through a programme of lectures (some high profile, some low), presentations, social functions, visits, newsletters, publications etc. One significant achievement was in 2011 to inaugurate annual Armed Forces Day programmes in Lancaster. These have been focussed on Lancaster Castle and have attracted visitors measured in thousands. Attractions have included a variety of displays on military themes as well as the impact of the war at home. The Cadet forces have featured prominently. Raffles on Armed Forces Days have raised funds for Help4Heroes, the charity Hounds for Heroes, the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association (BLESMA), the Royal British Legion, SSAFA and Combat Stress. A total of some £17,000 has been raised for these charities. Planning has started on Armed Forces Day events in 2021.
We have worked to involve the Cadets of all 3 Services in events. As well as in Armed Forces Day events, there have been hugely successful tri-service Cadet competitions at Halton Training Camp; and annual carol services.
LMHG also sponsors the website www.lancasterwarmemorials.org.uk which showcases the work of the late Brigadier Jim Dennis in displaying this important database of information, originally conceived as a millennium project and currently being used as the primary source of information for the GREAT WAR LANCASTER project steered by the history department of Lancaster University with assistance from LMHG.
Lancaster Great War Centenary 2014-19
As well as the GREAT WAR LANCASTER project (above) we have been engaged since 2014 together with local partners, in particular the history department of Lancaster University, in arranging a series of high profile lectures, together with the screening of the film on the battle of the Somme, commemorating the First World War. Speakers have included the distinguished historians Alan Mallinson and Sir Hew Strachan.