The REME Museum of Technology

The REME Museum of Technology
Isaac Newton Road
(off Biggs Lane)
Arborfield
Berkshire
RG2 9NH
England

Website

www.rememuseum.org.uk

E-mail

enquiries

enquiries@rememuseum.org.uk

Education Service

education@rememuseum.org.uk

Director

bill.cleasby@rememuseum.org.uk

Senior Curator

judy.booth@rememuseum.org.uk

Telephone

Booking and enquiries

0118 976 3375

Education Officer

0118 976 3254

Director

0118 976 3227

Senior Curator

0118 976 3563

Collection Manager

0118 976 3374

Fax

Booking and enquiries

0118 976 2017

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REME Museum of Technology
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South of Reading in rural Berkshire, the REME Museum of Technology tells the history of the Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. The Corps was formed in 1942 and still undertaking its original function of keeping the army's machines and weapons fitting fit.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Opening hours:
Mon - Thu 0900-1630
Fri 0900 - 1600
Sun & Bank Holidays 1100 - 1600

Closed: Christmas
All closures are advertised in advance on our Website

Admission charges

Adult £5.00, Senior Citizen £4.00, Child £4.00, Family £15 (2 adults and up to 3 children), under 5s free. Group rates available on request.

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Additional info

The museum has a shop and cafe which serves light lunches in the week. A large free car park with disabled parking is also available.

The museum collection shows military technological development as used by the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) in maintaining and repairing the Army's equipment since 1942. The Corps of REME is responsible for recovering, repairing and maintaining the equipment of the British Army. This includes their vehicles (armed and unarmed), aircraft, radar, control and firing equipment, optics, medical and dental, electronics and diagnostic testing equipment.

Exhibits contrast the vehicles of 1942 with todays equivalent,i.e.the Scammell Pioneer and the Challenger Armoured Recovery Vehicle. The REME medals collection illustrate REME trademens skills in the field and their gallantry. The uniforms, models and dioramas, radar, telecommunications and weapons show the developing trades and training of REME craftsmen. The Corps Documentary, Technical and Pictorial Archives cover all areas of REME life and work and are available to researchers by booking in advance. Reserve collections are available by booking in advance.

Collection details

Archives, Aviation, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Brake mine missile
  • Black box technology
  • Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle (Sherman BARV)
  • Challenger Armoured Recovery Vehicle (CRARRV)
  • Willis Jeep
  • Vickers Machine Gun
  • Multi Launch Rocket System (MLRS)
  • Bowman
  • Victoria Cross
  • Scout Helicopter
  • Scammell Pioneer
  • 1947 Volkswagen Mark II (Beetle)
  • David Rowland Painting "Corporal CJG (Fred) Comber MC"
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
British soldiers showing position of kit, side view.

Kit Bag Workshop

  • 6 August 2014 10am-4pm
  • 19 August 2014 10am-4pm

This workshop explores the kit soldiers have worn over the years and will be run three times throughout the day. Advance booking is available. Suitable for children aged 3-8.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Adult £5, Children £4, Families (2+3) £15, Concessions £4, Under 5s FREE

Website

http://www.rememuseum.org.uk/whatson.aspx

‘Build It!’ & Hunt Challenge

  • 26 — 30 May 2014

Complete this massive museum wide hunt to find our missing object. Plus the ever popular junk modelling “Build It!” will be running. Suitable for children of all ages.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly
  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Admission

Adult £5, Children £4, Families (2+3) £15, Concessions £4, Under 5s FREE

Website

http://www.rememuseum.org.uk/whatson.aspx

Assault Course

Mini Assault Course

  • 28 May 2014 11am-3:30pm

Survive Sir’s Mini Assault Course and water jump! A change of clothes might be needed.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

Adult £5.00, Children £4.00, Families (2+3) £15.00, Concessions £4.00, Under 5s free.

Website

http://www.rememuseum.org.uk/whatson.aspx

Horse Drawn War

The Horse Drawn War Lecture Series

  • 11 June 2014 From 6:30pm

A talk about the work of the Blue Cross animal charity and how it helped thousands of wounded animals working with the military in France during the First World War. Fantastic photography and touching stories really bring to life this aspect of the war.

Tracy Genever is the Education Development Manager for the Blue Cross

Doors open at 6 pm, estimated end time of 8 pm
Tea and coffee will be provided

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£7 per person, £18 if booking all three lectures in the series

Website

http://www.rememuseum.org.uk/news.aspx?nid=21

Summer Gnome Hunt

  • 21 July — 7 September 2014

New for 2014! Hunt for hidden REME Gnomes in the museum. Then enter the free prize draw to win the contents of the “wheel barrow”! Suitable for children of all ages. Event included in the museum admission. Event runs during usual museum opening hours.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Adult £5, Children £4, Families (2+3) £15, Concessions £4, Under 5s FREE

Website

http://www.rememuseum.org.uk

The Horse Drawn War

The Horse Drawn War Lecture Series

  • 23 July 2014 From 6:30pm

Andrew Robertshaw was a military consultant for the feature film ‘War Horse’ directed by Steven Spielberg. He will discuss his involvement with this renowned film, from the screen play to the last day of filming.

Andy Robertshaw is the Curator/Manager of The Royal Logistic Corps Museum at Deepcut in Surrey.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£7 per person, £18 if booking all three in lecture series

Website

http://www.rememuseum.org.uk/news.aspx?nid=21

The Horse Drawn War

The Horse Drawn War Lecture Series

  • 13 August 2014 From 6:30pm

This talk will explore the myth and reality surrounding horses in war by taking a look at their changing use in the British army from the Crimean War until the last cavalry charge of the First World War on November 11, 1918.
Dr Karen Jones is a Senior Lecturer in American & Environmental History at the University of Kent

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£7 per person, £18 if booking all three lectures in the series.
Places are limited and booking and advanced payment is essential
To book, please phone 0118 976 3223

Website

http://www.rememuseum.org.uk/news.aspx?nid=21

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