THE AIM SHOW
SA ARMS AND ARMOUR SOCIETY SOCIAL EVENING
The next event will take place on
Sunday 31 May 2009 at 4:30 for 5pm.
The Society will be screening the documentary "The Pacific War". Colour footage of the events as they unfolded taken by United States servicemen and many of the great filmmakers of the day.
Costs: R 30,00 for visitors.
GOLD REEF MODELLERS AFTERNOON
Themes will include theatres of war/ campaigns for military and aircraft modellers and general themes for car and figure modellers. There will also be a quick demo/ discussion on various techniques.
The next meeting is to take place on Saturday 25 April 2009 from 9am to 4pm. The main focuse is still to be decided.
Costs - normal Museum entrance fee.
NEW TEMPORARY DISPLAY
90th Commemoration of the Armistice
Visitors will be able to view the Museum's latest display, 90th Commemoration of the Arstice, mounted in the F B Adler Hall. Ninety years ago, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 1918, the First World War (The War to end All Wars) came to an end. This was the largest global man-made catastrophe nown until that time and cost the lives of 8 634 300 soldiers. Twenty years later, the Second World War saw the loss of 24 517 000 combatant's lives. In addition to these statitics, millions of civilians died during both conflicts.
The display looks at the events which led to the Armistice, the activities of the 1st South African Brigade on the Western Front and how the day has been commemorated since. Many veterans organisations such as the MOTHs (Memorable Order of Tin Hats) and the South African Legion were established as a result of the First World War and examples of their memorabilia are also exhibited in the display.
60TH ANNIVERSARY DISPLAY
A photographic display commemorating 60 years of the Museum has been produced in the ramp of the Lt Gen A M L Masondo Library.
The Museum was officially opened as the South African National War Museum on 29 August 1947. The display depicts the history of the Museum, its growth from just two Bellman Aircraft Hangars to the large institution it is today with changing thematic displays, world-renowned military aircraft, vehicles and equipment. Interspersed within the display are a number of examples of the official military art collection.
THE BATTLE OF SQUARE HILL, 19 SEPTEMBER 1918
A small diplay on THE BATTLE OF SQUARE HILL, 19 SEPTEMBER 1918 was mounted in a large 4-sectioned square showcase at the entrance to Brink Hall. Square Hill, together with the sinking of the SS Mendi and the Battle of Delville Wood was a defining moment for South Africa during the First World War. The 1st Battalion Cape Corps, formed by members of the coloured South African community, gave new life to a military tradition that had begun in the 1780s. This year marks the 90th anniversary of this notable battle.
JOHANNESBURG CLASSIC FILM SOCIETY
Meets at the Museum on the third Sunday of each month at 17:00 for 17:30. Costs are R30,00 per person for the movie only and R100,00 for the movie and a three course supper with selected wines.
These screenings have been suspended until further notice.