National Army Museum Workshop (3 Nov 2015)
On the 3rd of November 2015 the British Chinese Armed Forces Heritage Project welcomed ex-British Chinese soldiers from the HKOR Benevolent Association to a workshop in the Tuke Common Room at Regent’s University London. The event was lead by Robert Fleming, Community Outreach Curator at the National Army Museum, followed by discussions introduced bilingually by Fleming and Chungwen Li, Dean of the Ming-Ai (London) Institute. The workshop discussed the contributions of Commonwealth citizens to the British Armed Forces through the context of major conflicts, namely the First World War. Around 12 delegates from Hong Kong enjoyed the presentation and following discussions. The pictures of highlighting the diversity of Commonwealth soldiers in the British Armed Forces and the early history of the British Chinese Armed Forces were particularly of interest.
The workshop included a presentation and a video highlighting the victories and sacrifices which can be directly attributed to the Commonwealth citizens however these examples were by no means exhaustive. Understanding the full extent to which Commonwealth citizens contributed to British Armed Forces across various campagnes though history is a massive undertaking. A subject which was particularly poignant in light of the forthcoming Remembrance Day on the 8th of November. Fleming announced the continuation of the work done by the National Army Museum to this end and the ongoing relationship of collaboration between the National Army Museum and the Ming-Ai (London) Institute.