The Ordnance Society

Ordnance & Artillery of All Periods


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The 2021 Ordnance Society AGM is on Sunday 7th November and will be held as an on-line WEBINAR using Microsoft Teams, starting at 14:00 GMT.  The start time is much later than normal and we hope that this change in timing will encourage some of our overseas members to ‘attend’ the AGM for the first time.  Instructions for logging on to the AGM will be e-mailed to members as well as shown on this web-page.

We are including presentations and two illustrated talks as part of the AGM event, together with the opportunity for members to ‘show’ items in their collection that haven’t yet been identified.  We need to have pictures and provenance beforehand, so get one of your unknown items off the shelf, dust it off and send details to Nick Hall!

The programme for talks and presentations will be shown on this page shortly.

The Agenda follows, and the Voting Form is below; please return your vote as soon as possible




The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Sunday 7th November 2021 at 1400 hrs London Time

This meeting is to  be held on MS ‘Teams’; you should receive joining instructions soon. If you do not, please email the Hon Sec.
However, if you cannot join electronically, you can of course vote using the papers enclosed with the latest OS Newsletter.
For those joining Teams, following the AGM and after a short break there will be a programme of short presentations, identification of members’ items and two illustrated talks.


  1. Apologies for absence.
  2. Minutes of the AGM held in Portsmouth, 16th November 2019.
  3. Matters arising.
  4. Chairman’s Report.
  5. Treasurer’s Report.
  6. Secretary’s Report.
  7. Membership Secretary’s Report.
  8. Journal Editor’s Report.
  9. Newsletter Editor’s Report.
  10. Publicity Officer’s Report.
  11. Visits’ Secretary’s Report.
  12. Election of Members to the Board of Management.
  13. Any other business.

Nicholas Hall
Hon Secretary

Walnut Farm

Pulham Market,




OS AGM Voting slip 2021 – Final


The Ordnance Society recently received the following e-mail.  Although the Weekend isn’t strictly about ordnance, there is a significant overlap with the military engineering involved.


Invitation to the English Civil War Earthworks Weekend at CEMA History

Professor Christopher Duffy described the English Civil War as “a war of trenches, ramparts, palisades, bombardments and blockades”. But just how easy was it to construct a gabion, a fascine, or any other type of fieldwork so common at the sieges or on the battlefields of the wars?

This is just the type of question that the Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology ( was created to explore. Led by Andrew Robertshaw (whose impressive CV includes military advisor to Steven Spielberg), CEMA has been established to provide an educational and a filmmaking resource, and has already recreated a length of British Great War trench at its base in Detling in Kent.

This autumn, CEMA is looking to take on the type of military engineering that would have been so familiar to soldiers (and occupants of besieged towns) of the English Civil Wars.

CEMA is inviting historians, re-enactors, students and anyone else with an interest in the more technical aspects of the period to spend the weekend of 16th and 17th October at CEMA HQ investigating and reconstructing fieldworks, exploring and learning the techniques of their construction.

Previous experience isn’t a requirement, but an enthusiasm for the period and a willingness to work and learn with other like-minded people is!

The intention is to limit numbers to around 20, and it’s hoped that these people will gain the knowledge and experience to pass on to others as this project is expanded in 2022 and beyond.

For further information, and to register your interest, please contact CEMA at


Jason Hulott

Head of Marketing

Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology

Tel 07940 521056