The Trust preserves uniforms, flags, weapons, equipment, documents, paintings, and photographs relating to the amateur military forces raised in Bucks since the 1500s.
Intended mainly for home defence against foreign invasion - from the Spanish Armada to Napoleon and Hitler - these citizen soldiers were just as significant for their high visibility in the local community, involving a far wider section of society in military affairs than the small regular army, which was often out of sight and out of mind serving overseas. The Trust’s collections reflect this dual military and social function.
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We have events throughout the year, predominantly in the County.
The next Viney Memorial Lecture will be held on Sunday 7 October 2012.
This year’s lecturer is the distinguished BBC journalist, Mark Urban, currently diplomatic and defence editor for Newsnight. Mark has published a number of acclaimed books on the history of the British Army including The Man Who Broke Napoleon’s Codes (2001), Rifles: Six Years with Wellington’s Legendary Sharpshooters (2003), Generals: Ten British Commanders Who Shaped the World (2005), and Fusiliers: Eight Years with the Redcoats in America (2007).