Chelsea History Festival 2020

From its fashion mavericks to iconic rock-star residents, Chelsea’s heritage is worth celebrating. From 17-27 September 2020, the festival returns for its second year showcasing Chelsea’s illustrious past with a programme of over 50 events featuring world-class speakers, authors and historians on a virtual and physical stage.

This year’s festival will take place both virtually and physically with an exciting programme of talks, tours and events presented by three iconic institutions; the National Army Museum; the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Physic Garden covering a broad range of content to suit every interest, from military to art history and social to natural history.

All virtual events will be free to attend, however must be booked in advance. Tickets for physical events are priced up to £15, with a 25% discount when booking three or more. To ensure you don’t miss out, make sure you book your places as early as possible; bookings can be made here.

Highlights from the programme include;

  • Philippe Sands, one of the UK’s most prominent human rights barristers, in conversation with James Holland discussing his most recent book, ‘The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive’
  • An evening with Bletchley Park; spotlighting its role in the Second World War
  • Ben Macintyre, one of Britain’s most acclaimed historians, tells the incredible story of Ursula Kuczynski. Codenamed ‘Sonya’, she conducted some of the most dangerous espionage operations of the 20th Century, including planning an assassination attempt on Hitler and helping the Soviet Union build the atom bomb
  • Sir Michael Morpurgo will talk about how he turns the subject of war into fiction
  • Award-winning war reporter, Christina Lamb has worked in combat zones for over 30 years. Her new book, ‘Our bodies, their battlefield’, gives voice to the women of conflicts. She will be in conversation with world-renowned human rights lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy, who has worked internationally with women in conflict zones
  • Martin Brown, illustrator of ‘Horrible Histories’, will take families on a journey from the bloody Battle of Waterloo to the frightful First World War and will get them drawing in a quick fire workshop
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The King’s Man Experience

“Refined but brutal. Civilised by merciless.”

Immerse yourself in the world of ‘The King’s Man’ and be taken on a journey exploring the history, legends, politics and people depicted in Disney’s forthcoming release.

The latest film, the third in the series, uncovers the origins of the fictional Kingsman organisation and this unmissable exhibition is an entirely immersive display featuring costumes, props and behind-the-scenes material. The King’s Man experience will bring to life the film, set against a backdrop of the First World War which saw the Army expand to its greatest ever size. Set within the National Army Museum, there is no better location to discover the sets, props and costumes that so brilliantly bring to life the concepts of war, espionage, bravery and sacrifice.

Entry to The King’s Man Experience is free, however pre-booking is required for your safety. Book here.

 

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Army Film & Photographic Competition: 2020 Winners

The winning entries from the latest Army Film & Photographic Competition gives a unique insight into life in the British Army at the National Army Museum.

As soldiers first and foremost, Army photographers deploy with units to front lines and training areas around the world. They are the eyes of the Army and enjoy an unrivalled view of life at the heart of the action.

The exclusive exhibition features some of the best imagery captured across the Army’s fields of operation. It offers a unique insight into soldier’s lives, and demonstrates the wide variety of job roles and locations they operate in.

Free, booking not required. Find out more here.

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Chelsea History Festival

For history-buffs and budding-historians, the Chelsea History Festival will launch this October to bring the past to life through a programme of world-class speakers, historians and performers. The inaugural festival will take place from 9-13 October 2019 along the Royal Hospital Road at founder venues, the National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Physic Garden. In it’s first year, the Festival will host a programme of more than 35 free and ticketed events which include talks, concerts and family activities making history more accessible.

Headline Events

Wednesday – the event launches on Wednesday 9 October, on the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, one of the most daring campaigns of WW2. Celebrated Arnhem veteran, Victor Gregg will be in conversation with bestselling historian Rick Stroud, followed by a lecture from Antony Beevor on the famous ‘battle for the bridges’.

Thursday – join an evening performance of The Lark Ascending, featuring one of the world’s leading lyric baritones, Roderick Williams, taking place in the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Wren Chapel.

Friday – Max Hastings headlines with a talk on his new book Chastised: The Dambusters Story, 1943 which will be published in September.

Saturday – the principal day of the Festival with over 20 scheduled events including the formidable Sonia Purnell with her New York Times bestseller A Woman of No Importance, history walks around the neighbourhood and David Nott sharing his experiences as a surgeon in Aleppo.

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London Design Festival 2019

Chelsea has an extraordinary design heritage and renowned for its bohemian free thinkers and creative throughout the centuries and for the very first time, will be participating in this year’s London Design Festival 2019 with the creation of the Chelsea Design District. From 14-22 September, celebrate the neighbourhood which is rich in artistry and artisan making with a series of events, experiences and talks.

Highlights include:

  • Collaboration with Caroline Issa, Monica Vinader – a series of events across London Design Festival to celebrate the collaboration, colour and distinctive design.
  • Timothy Oulton Flagship store launch at Bluebird – the daring furniture and interiors brand is launching its new worldwide flagship gallery at Bluebird, featuring its most iconic designs alongside rare vintage collectibles and one-offs, including a custom-designed spaceship.
  • I-Made at Saatchi, 19-22 September – Saatchi hosts the inaugural I-Made, London’s first exhibition solely dedicated to Italian design and manufacture along with talks and workshops that capture the country’s passion, innovation and craftsmanship.
  • The Art of Persuasion, the National Army Museum – major exhibition exploring the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during the Second World War.
  • Peter Jones & Partners presents a story of their building – Chelsea stalwart Peter Jones presents the fascinating story of its Grade II listed building, with a pop-up exhibition exploring how the shop has changed from 1877 to today, as the store prepares to renovate its iconic façade.
  • ‘The World of Kaffe Fasset’, Anthropologie – an exhibition to include new and exclusive pieces as well as treasures from the past.
  • Collaboration with Winch Design, The Rug Company – a unique exhibition celebrating the collaboration between The Rug Company and Winch Design
  • Waste No More, Eileen Fisher – zero-waste initiative that brings together creativity and innovation. Learn about how Eileen Fisher is changing the way clothes are made from sustainable sourcing to her innovative take-back initiative. Thursday 14 September, 6-8pm
  • Hidden Reef collection launch, Annoushka – discover the new Hidden Reef collection, inspired by the abundant textures and colours of the organic life found below the sea, and learn more about the craftsmanship behind Annoushka’s designs.
  • Series of ‘how to’ masterclasses, Little Greene – To celebrate the introduction of three new finishes for September, they will be hosting a series of ‘how to’ masterclasses at their Chelsea Showroom.
  • Drawing attention: The Digital Culture of Contemporary Architectural Drawings, Roca London – an exhibition curated by the professors at Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Universities which reveals the promise and the speculative future of drawing: its capacity to structure, imagine, realise, speculate, transform, politicise and activate the design imagination.
  • ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR PATTERNS FUTURES, London College of Fashion – Challenging the notion of how products change and influence the world we live in, ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR PATTERNS FUTURES exhibits selected work from London College of Fashion, UAL’s MA Artefact, Footwear, Pattern and Garment Technology and Fashion Future’s graduates. Private views: Thursday 19th 6-8.30pm, Friday 20th 11am-6pm, Saturday 21st 11am-6pm
  • Exclusive new Barnaby Gates tile collection, Parkside – Parkside has announced its collaborated with Barnaby Gates. Drop by their Chelsea Design Studio to be one of the first to see the new collection. Open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Peloton – your chance to experience Peloton, book an appointment at the King’s Road showroom, to try the Bike, get a personalised tutorial and learn about their Digital offering.
  • Farrow & Ball, 19 September– hands-on creative demonstrations and imaginative installations, and get bespoke advice from colour experts.
  • Lema – Presenting the highly customisable LT40 modular storage system by David Lopez Quincoces, resulting from a long conceptual study and an attentive industrial development. Visit Lema’s King’s Road Flagship Store to discover this and other new, iconic designs. Lema X LDF Cocktail Reception: Thursday 19 September – 6.30-8.30pm
  • The Ilse Crawford’s pop-up, George Smith – a pop-up exhibition space showcasing new pieces from Ilse Crawford’s collaboration with George Smith and other brands.

Pick up a copy of the London Design Festival to enjoy the area even more, popping into restaurants and bars to receive exclusive discounts in celebration of the festival. Show your guide whilst dining and indulge even more with these offers:

  • Rabbit, SW3 4UP – Receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine from their vineyard in West Sussex and famous collection of ‘mouthfuls’ on arrival. Please show your guide on arrival and note the offer is only available at lunchtimes.
  • Manicomio, SW3 4LY – Renowned Italian is offering 15% off a la carte during the festival. Quote ‘LDF’ when booking.
  • Gallery Mess, SW3 4LY – arty and historic Gallery Mess is offering a 20% discount on food and drinks when you present your guide.
  • Sticks N Sushi, SW3 4NY – Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling Sake whilst dining.
  • Hans’ Bar & Grill, SW1X 0AW – Receive 15% off the total bill when dining at Hans’ Bar & Grill. It’s popular, so we recommend booking. Use quote ‘LDF2019’.
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Rise of the Lionesses

From 28 June – 20 October, explore the changing roles of women in the British Army thorough the lens of the Royal Army Corps (WRAC) in the latest exhibition at the National Army Museum, Rise of the Lionesses. Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the WRAC and 100 years of the WRAC Association this summer in this thought provoking exhibition.

Examine the relationship between society and the army, how the perception of ‘appropriate’ feminine roles affected the contributions of female soldiers and how these women fought to redefine these roles.

From the vehicle chassis uses to train Princess Elizabeth which she was serving with the ATS to the medical kits of Chantelle Taylor, the first woman to kill in enemy combat, immerse yourself in this journey of courage, sacrifice and finally integration.

Entry is complimentary and booking is not required.

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Chelsea Summer Fete 2019

Celebrate the start of summer with the return of the annual Chelsea Summer Fete on Saturday 22 June which takes place across Pavilion Road and Duke of York Square. From yoga classes to traditional fete games and wine bars and delicious food offerings, this is the perfect day for all the family and free to attend.

Duke of York Square will become the ultimate garden party; relax and enjoy the music by roaming musicians programmed by Cadogan Hall, or take part in sporting events and games. Start your morning with a yoga class hosted by KXU at 11am, then refuel with something delicious from the Fine Food Market. The running track will be open for picnics throughout the day as well host football skills sessions by Chelsea FC Foundation from 1pm-2.30pm as well as polo-swing practice, hosted by Westcroft Park.

For the very first time, the running track will become a racecourse of Austin J40 pedal cars that will compete for the prestigious Settrington Cup at the Goodwood Revival. Heats are to be held from 12pm in which children aged 5-10 years old will compete for the chance to take part at this year’s Goodwood Revival, the world’s foremost historic motorsport event (which will be held on 13-15 September).

Enjoy your favourite stories told by Peter Jones & Partners or visit the National Army Museum pop-up for an interactive army experience. The much-loved Chelsea Pensioners will be back by popular demand with a pottery stand, and the Chelsea Physic Garden Flower Crown Workshop will also taking place throughout the afternoon. And to top it all off, children’s entertainers Sharky & George will be hosting the ultimate children’s party.

A stone’s throw away from the Square, Pavilion Road’s artisan shops will open up their restaurant and shop doors to create a wonderful street party. Wander up and down to taste exceptional foodie offerings from Provenance Butcher’s BBQ, patisseries and pizza at the Bread Ahead stall, a seafood BBQ from ‘fishmonger by day, seafood bar by night’, The Sea, The Sea and refreshing ice cream and sorbet by Ice Cream Union. Or, relax with a glass of wine or cocktail at Pavilion Wine, accompanied by cheese at London Cheesemongers, or at Hans’ Bar & Grill’s cocktail stand. Roaming musicians, face painters and balloons will there throughout the day as well as Sharky & George keeping the little ones entertained.

The Summer Fete is complimentary to attend and will begin at 11am. Please note the Fine Food Market will open as usual at 10am. The full map of activity can be downloaded here soon.

See you there!

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Challenger 2 Tank on display

In celebration of the Royal Armoured Corps 80h Anniversary, drop by and see the team at the National Army Museum for a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with Britain’s main battle tank, the Challenger 2 on 4 April.

The tank will be outside the museum’s entrance all day, with crew on hand to talk about their work and how the Challenger 2 has helped protect our troops over the past two decades.

More info on their website here.

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FLUX

FLUX is one of London’s leading exhibitions which showcases some of the most talented and dynamic painters, sculptors and performance artists. FLUX is used as a platform for contemporary artists to be discovered and celebrates them on the precipice of wider accolade and fame.

From 14-17 March, visit the National Army Museum to see FLUX, curated by Lisa Gray, the founder, and a complimentary display from over 100 artists including Pedro Sousa Louro (mixed media), Helen Dyne (glass artist) and Teresa Wells (sculpture).

This year, guests can expect a selection of unique offers from ‘Mini Masterpieces’ where smaller artworks by FLUX artists can be purchased for £300 or less, a collectors gift with all purchases and exclusive display of 12 artworks by Charles Salvador.

More information and how to book can be found here.

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Exclusive Alfred Munnings Exhibition Discount

This January, receive an exclusive 50% discount for Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918 at the National Army Museum.

The National Army Museum is inviting InChelsea readers to enjoy 50% off adult tickets to their special exhibition this January: a collection of over 40 First World War paintings by the renowned equine artist, Sir Alfred Munnings, displayed together for the first time in a century.

As an official war artist with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War, Alfred Munnings painted equine subjects, portraiture and pastoral landscapes, capturing his time with the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and the Forestry Corps in 1918. Impressionist in style, Munnings’ vibrant brushstrokes capture the beauty of horses in the war-affected landscapes of France. Often painting less than a mile from the front line, and in full view of the enemy, he shows war horses on the march, at the charge, at work and at rest. These canvases demonstrate both the important role of mounted troops on the Western Front and the vital work behind the lines that sustained the war effort.

To receive the offer, simply quote INCHELSEA at the Museum’s ticket desk to enjoy £3 adult tickets (instead of £6). Valid on tickets up to and including 31 January 2019.

Terms and Conditions:

50% discount valid on full price adult ticket. Not available in conjunction with an other offer. This discount cannot be used to book advanced tickets. Last admission to the  exhibition is one hour before the Museum closes. There is no readmissions to the exhibition. Offer is subject to availability. Offer for valid for use in January 2019. a

Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918 runs until 3 March 2019 at the National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea.

Ticket prices: Adults £6, Concessions £5, Students £4, Groups £4, Under 16s and Serving Army personnel free.

The exhibition has been developed by the Canadian War Museum (Ottawa, Canada) in partnership with The Munnings Art Museum (Dedham, UK) and generously sponsored by The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation. Local support kindly provided by Juddmonte.

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