The Military Museums

TMM Lecture Series and Films

The Lecture Series is your opportunity to hear speakers from a wide range of historical and military related topics. The lectures are held various evenings at The Military Museum from September until May. Unless otherwise stated, the lecture format is as follows:

Lecture Series Information

  • Location QEII Atrium at TMM
  • Reception 1800 hrs (6:00 pm)
  • Lecture begins 1900 hrs (7:00 pm)
  • Admission By donation. (Suggested donation, $10)


Upcoming Lectures

Calgary’s Hawker Hurricane

Date: Wed, 18 Apr, 2018
Lecturer: Richard de Boer

The Hawker Hurricane is one of the heroic aircraft that saved England during the Battle of Britain, and is now one of the rarest and most valuable vintage aircraft in the world. Calgary has its own Hawker Hurricane, finally under restoration after languishing in the city since 1961. 

This particular aircraft was based in southern Alberta in 1942 before being transferred to the west coast to defend against possible Japanese invasion. While there, one of Canada’s highest scoring WWII aces cut his combat teeth on this very airplane.

In the spring of 1945 it was again pressed into service to defend against Japanese fire balloons. This presentation covers the story of Canadian wartime aircraft production which includes the world’s first woman aircraft designer, Elsie McGill, as well as the tale of the 2007 million dollar scandal that almost saw the Hawker Hurricane lost to Canada.

Richard de Boer has had a lifelong interest in aircraft and was one of the founding members of the Calgary Aerospace Museum. He is also the President of the Calgary chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Association.

Note: This lecture is on a Wednesday

Reluctant Warriors: Canadian Conscripts and the Great War

Date: Sun, 13 May, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lecturer: Patrick Dennis

Reluctant Warriors is the first in-depth examination of the pivotal role played by Canadian conscripts in the final campaign of the Great War. During the "Last Hundred Days" in 1918 of the First World War, over 30 percent of conscripts who served in the Canadian Corps became casualties. Yet, they were generally considered slackers, shirkers, or malingerers for not having volunteered to fight of their own accord.

Reluctant Warriors sheds new light on the success of the Military Service Act and provides fresh evidence that conscripts were good soldiers who fought valiantly and made a crucial contribution to the success of the Canadian Corps in 1918. Reluctant Warriors will be of interest to scholars, students, and readers interested in the First World War in general, and conscription in particular.  The author will have copies of his new book, Reluctant Warriors available for signing. 

Note: This lecture is on a Sunday.





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