Over the last seven hundred years, the United Kingdom has acquired a staggering array of ‘spoils of war’ including the Rock of Gibraltar, the Benin bronzes and Hitler’s last desk. The subject of repatriation or restitution of some, if not all, of these items is now a hot political topic. In his illustrated talk for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which will be based on his recently published book, Spoils of War, military historian and former soldier, Christopher Joll, takes a robust and sometimes controversial view of the issues.

“If you say yes to one, you suddenly find the British Museum would be empty… I am afraid to say, to disappoint all your viewers, it is going to have to stay put.”- The Ret’d Hon David Cameron, when asked on Indian TV in 2010 about the return of the Koh-I-Noor diamond.

Christopher will address the controversies surrounding the acquisition, retention and possible restitution of a wide variety of ‘spoils’ in Britain’s royal, national, regimental and private collections. Along the way, he will debunk a number of myths, expose a major fraud perpetrated on a leading London museum and relate some gruesome military-historical stories. This talk is not for the faint-hearted!

Arrangements for this event are subject to change but we are planning to go ahead as usual with 30 places available in the Drill Hall. We will livestream the event for those who cannot be there in person.

To book your ticket, complete and send us this form. 

For more information please call 07817 141 033 / 07875 154 847 or email ghogarth@soldierscharity.org

Special Offer

Get a 10% discount and free P&P on the ‘Spoils of War’ book signed by the author! Christopher Joll will be donating £2 towards our charity for every book sold. Use the code ‘ABFSpoils2020’ at the checkout at www.nineelmsbooks.co.uk