These pages are dedicated to the hit BBC comedy series 'Dad's Army' which ran for nine years from 1968 until 1977. It spawned a full length feature film, a radio series and a musical stage show.
2022 marks the show's 54th anniversary, and the Society's 28th.
The DAAS is run by a small group of individuals and has members from all parts of the globe. The Society is dedicated to keeping the show alive and we have accumulated many rare items, including video and audio material, cine film and many on location photographs. Our collection is available for members to borrow through our video and audio libraries. We have also collected information from a variety of people involved in the making of the series, including many local people living around the Thetford area of Norfolk.
The Society arranges regular member dinners and tours of locations.
The Society, in conjunction with The Bressingham Steam Museum, near Diss in Norfolk, set up the Dad's Army Collection which was officially opened on 14 May 2000 by the shows creators Jimmy Perry & David Croft.
Thetford they have created their own Dad's Army Museum to commemorate the towns association with the programme. It was here that the cast and crew stayed and used many parts of the town for location filming. The Friends of Thetford Dad's Army Museum commissioned a full size bronze statue of Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring which was unveiling in June 2010 by the late David Croft. In November 2012 the museum also acquired Jones' van and has been on show at its new home from Easter 2013.
If you want to know more, we hope these pages will provide some background information, and if you are a fan already, we hope they will add to your enjoyment.
From 1993, and fully supported by the creators, the Society has brought together those with a common interest in the programme and has collated artifacts, remenisences, photographs and rare videos (these are available to borrow from our video library).
The Society organises an annual members meal at Thetford, Norfolk and organises occasional guided tours of locations, namely in the restricted MoD Stanta area.
The Society magazine, 'Permission to Speak, Sir!' is sent to members and back issues are also available.
Full Membership is £13
Members will receive the next three copies of our 'Permission to Speak, Sir!' magazine, a society window sticker, access to our library archive and events.
We hope to introduce a 'Digital Membership' option for non UK resisdents in 2023.