The Ordnance Society was formed in 1986 by a group of enthusiasts, scholars and museum professionals. Ordnance was seen by some as somewhat peripheral to the rest of arms & armour studies, for which an excellent society already existed. The technicalities of ordnance history were not always fully understood by military historians; the study of artillery remained in some obscurity.
The formation of the Ordnance Society was intended therefore to promote, encourage and coordinate the study of all aspects of the history of ordnance and artillery. It was also to give members opportunities to meet and to exchange ideas and knowledge. It is an international society with members in eleven countries.
The Society publishes annually a highly respected Journal; back copies are available at £10 [£15 to non-members].
It also publishes a quarterly newsletter, which is available online to members.
Members and guests also benefit from:
- Visits programme. This sometimes includes places otherwise inaccessible to the public, such as DEODS [Defence Explosives & Ordnance Disposal School] near Chatham
- Members’ Days where talks and panel discussions take place, usually at the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
- AGM at a place of interest, with talks
If you wish to know more about the society or are interested in becoming a member contact: