The National Army Museum is set to shake off it's relaxed, peaceful Chelsea atmosphere in a couple of weeks as the museum hosts 'Into Africa', a two day event that will explore the British Army's impact on over two centuries of African culture. The weekend event, held in the musuem on the 10th and 11th April is open from 10am through to 5pm and most of the activities are completely free (and family friendly). As well as the traditional museum fare of fabulous artifacts and exhibits there are a wide range of additional activities being run throughout the weekend.

Visitors can dance and sing at a Zulu music and dance workshop, they can meet soldiers from the past, listen to African story telling, get up close and personal with a whole host of African creepy crawlies and attend a free talk on the British Army in South Africa by renowned Zulu War historian (and Osprey author) Ian Knight. In addition, on the Saturday the guys at William Britain will be setting up a huge Rorkes Drift Diorama.

The culmination of the weekend is the 'Into Africa Zulu War Panel Discussion' which kicks off at 5.30pm on the 10th April. A panel of leading experts, chaired by Osprey author Ian Knight and including Professor John Laband, Dr Sheldon Hall, Lt Col Mike Snook and Dr Tony Pollard will discuss whether the popularity of these famous battles and the proliferation of books, film and tourism is obscuring the real history of the war. The second half of the discussion will be thrown open, giving a unique opportunity for the audience to question some of the most knowledgeable people working in this field today.

Tickets for the Panel discussion are usually £15.00, but thanks to all of the guys at the National Army Museum, we can offer a special discount to Osprey readers - who can purchase these tickets for £12.50 by calling the NAM shop on 02078816600 and quoting OSPZULU.

The discussion is scheduled to run for approximately 3 hours, and all ticket holders will also receive a free W Britain 24th Foot figure and 10% off everything in the NAM shop.

If you would like to ask a question to the panel, please submit an email to [email protected]. Please mark the question 'AZW'. The museum cannot guarantee that there will be time for all questions to be answered.

Further details can be found here.