The Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE)

Fortifications Conference at the Brompton Barracks Auditorium on Fri 20 Oct 17


The event is open to all serving ranks, members of the Institution and REHS and is both a professional and personal development opportunity.  Please disseminate widely.




1.         Introduction.  The Corps will be holding a Fortifications Study Day in the Brompton Auditorium, Chatham on Fri 20 Oct 17.  This will be organised by the Royal Engineers Historical Society (REHS) and supported by the Institution of Royal Engineers.  IT IS OPEN TO ALL RANKS OF PERSONNEL CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE CORPS & MEMBERS OF THE INSTITUTION AND REHS.  Following the Corps Guest Night on Thu 19 Oct, the conference will be preceded by the AGM of the REHS.


2.         Aim.  As follows:


·         The Aim of the Study Day is to provide an insight into the development of Fortifications through the ages in a UK context and to draw lessons from the past with a view to future developments for the Corps.


·         The Aim of this email it to provide an update on the event.

3.         Programme.  As follows:
Time Event/Talk Speaker/Detail
0830-0930  REHS AGM In Auditorium
0915    Conference Registration opens  
0930 Tea/coffee available  
1000 Conference opens  
1000 - 1010 Fortifications – Introduction Maj Gen Mungo Melvin CB OBE, Chairman REHS
1010 - 1045 Fortifications in the Caribbean – The Brimstone Fortress, St Kitts Mr Leo Favret, Friends of the Royal Engineers Museum
1045 - 1120 The Lines of Torres Vedras Dr Mark Thompson 
1155 - 1230 The Defences of Sevastopol during the Crimean War Maj Gen Mungo Melvin CB OBE, Chairman REHS
1230 - 1255 Panel Discussion Chaired by Maj Gen T R Urch CBE
1255 - 1305 The RE Museum, Library and Archive on Display Mrs Rebecca Nash, Director RE Museum, Library and Archive
1355 - 1400 Lunch  
1400 - 1435 Development of Fortifications in the early 20th Century Col (Retd) Glyn Taylor
1435 - 1505 Force Protection Today and Tomorrow OC 502 (Force Protection) STRE
1510 - 1530 Panel Discussion Chaired by Maj Gen Mungo Melvin
1530 Closing Remarks Lt Gen Sir Mark Mans, KCB CBE DL, Chief Royal Engineer
4.         Poster.  A poster can be found at -  POSTER.  Please advertise the event widely.  For non-DII users a poster can be seen here. 

5.         Registration.  For serving members of the Corps there is no cost but registration on MOSS is required.  Go to -  ATTENDANCE REGISTER  to input your details. If you are not currently serving, the cost is £10 payable on the day and you will need to book in here.


6.         Administration.  The following points are to be noted:


·         Feeding.  Tea, coffee will be available on arrival and lunch will be provided.

·         Transport and Accn.  Units/individuals are to make their own accn and transport arrangements. 

·         Security.  If you are not serving you will need to provide car details for registration and ensure you have photo ID for the day.  There is no accommodation available for non-serving members in the Barracks.

·         Location.  Brompton Auditorium, Brompton Barracks in Chatham.


7.         Joining the REHS.  If you are interested in joining the REHS (cost is £15 per annum for serving members of the Corps) pse contact or go on the Institution website at



Major SF SCULLION RE | Secretary, Royal Engineers Historical Society | Regimental Headquarters Royal Engineers | Ravelin Building, Brompton Barracks, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4UG 4UG

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