Historical Society

The HAC Historical Society organises a number of lectures each year focussing on military history, in particular that of the HAC Regiment. Lectures are given by members and guest speakers, are held at Armoury House and are invariably preceded by drinks in the Sutling Room and a dinner following the lecture, giving attendees an opportunity to discuss the subjects of the evening.

Recent fascinating lectures include:


  • Artillery in the Great War by Paul Strong
  • Pikemen, Musketeers and Sutlers: the Realities of Soldiering in the 16th and 17th Centuries by Peter Wilson, Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University


  • The Battle of Vittorio Veneto by Major Gordon Corrigan
  • The Relevance of the Battle of Waterloo 1815 to Modern Warfare by Major General James Cowan
  • The Formation of the Royal Airforce by Seb Cox
  • The British Campaign in Norway, 1940 by Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszley


  • The Korean War: A Gunner Officer’s Perspective by Brigadier Brian Parritt CBE
  • 1st HAC and the Battle of Gavrelle by Michael Orr
  • Sevastopol’s Wars: Crimea from Potemkin to Putin by Major General Mungo Melvin CB OBE


  • The HAC at the Battle of the Somme, 1915 by Professor Gary Sheffield
  • Military Leadership in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars by Major General Christopher Elliott CB MBE
  • The Battle of Jutland, 1916 by Dr Andrew Gordon

Membership and Forthcoming Lectures

The Society currently comprises over 350 members and membership is open to all members of the HAC. If you would like to join, see forthcoming dates, or find out more, please visit the Members’ area.


If you would like to present a lecture, please contact the Company office who can put you in touch with a member of the Historical Society Committee.