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The Group of Friends was founded in 1987 with the object of providing a focus for all those people with a mutual interest in The Aldershot Military Museum. It is an association for anyone who wishes to support the Museum and its activities, young and old, soldier and civilian. The Friends are a registered charity, no 1108637.

Membership of the Friends gives direct and practical support to the work of the Museum in its mission to present to the public and to preserve for future generations the history of the first great military camp built in the Kingdom, the Home of the British Army and the birthplace of British military aviation. In addition, members of the Friends enjoy a number of special benefits and a full programme of activities.

Support to the Museum

Many members of the Friends want to be able to give more active support to the work of the Aldershot Military Museum, and through their membership they have every opportunity to use their special enthusiasm or particular talents to partake more intimately in the running of the Museum. This may be acting as guides, assisting in the shop, help with publicity, education, research and many other fields. The Friends also act as a group in various Friends' Projects. Even for those with limited time available through work or other commitments, there is the knowledge that every member's support and subscriptions directly contribute to the Museum's work and collections.

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The Wellington Statue project

In 1985 the Friends were invited by the Project Wellington Committee to take on the role of Friends of the Wellington Statue, a great national monument to the Duke of Wellington and a symbol of Aldershot's pride in its military heritage. The Friends were pleased to take on this project, as it falls well within the Friends terms of reference, which encompasses all aspects of military Aldershot within the boundary of the pre-1939 Aldershot Command. Since taking on the Wellington Statue project, the Friends have researched the history of the statue, designed and erected interpretative boards at the statue, and designed an information leaflet about the monument. They are actively collaborating with other groups within the Wellington Project for further improvements to the landscape around the statue and for improvements to the paths to the top of the mound to enable visitors to see the great sculpture at close quarters. For more information see the Wellington Statue page.

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See our other pages for:

Benefits of membership of the Friends

Programme of Events

Friends projects

Wellington Statue project

How to join the Group of Friends

If you still have a question about the Friends of the Aldershot Military Museum after viewing our pages, please e-mail to

Please note that we are unable to undertake individual research. Please also note that the Aldershot Military Museum does not hold service personnel records and the Friends cannot undertake genealogical research.

(Queries about the Museum itself should be sent directly to the Museum - use the link below to go to the Museum's homepage.)

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