REME Museum

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The REME Museum 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

Opening hours

Museum: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 to 16:30
Café: Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 to 16:00

Admission charges

Adult: £7

Child: £5 (ages 5 – 16)

Under 5s: free

Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children): £21

Gold Card members: free

Serving military: £4

Concession (students with id, OAPs): £5

Ex-REME (with association card or other REME membership details): £4

Please contact the Museum for information about group bookings, school trips and research fees.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

The museum is located next to MoD Lyneham just off Calne Road (A3102). Approximately 5 miles South West from Royal Wotton Bassett.

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"
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
RAF100: A History of RAF Lyneham

RAF100: A History of RAF Lyneham

  • 16 January — 16 June 2018 *on now

Using historical images as well as interviews with serving and former RAF personnel and families who lived and worked on the base, the exhibition will provide visitors with an overview of the important work undertaken at RAF Lyneham.

In 2015, the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) relocated to former RAF Lyneham, including the REME Museum, which opened to the public in 2017.

As part of the exhibition there will be three evening talks, open to the public. Please note booking is required via our website: www.rememuseum.org.uk.

21st February: 100 Years of the RAF, Colin Cummings, RAF Historical Branch

18th April: Lyneham and Repatriations, Andrew Lloyd, Director of Army Museums Ogilby Trust
13th June: End of an Era, speaker to be confirmed
Tickets will cost £10 per person and will allow entry to the talk as well as access to the main Museum after the talk has finished. Talks start at 7 pm, doors will be open from 6.30 pm.

Curator Jennifer Allison said: ‘This has been an interesting and challenging exhibition to bring together as we have had to rely completely on the men and women who worked at RAF Lyneham to provide us with not only objects and photographs but also to share their experiences. We hope that the RAF community will help the exhibition to develop over the six months it’s in place to bring out more of the stories and memories of RAF Lyneham’.


How visitors and local people can get involved.

The REME Museum is keen to encourage visitors and the local community to share their own memories of living and working at RAF Lyneham. Visitors are invited to bring in photographs which they can have included on the exhibition walls allowing other visitors to see. There will also be the opportunity to write about their favourite memories.

For those who want to participate online, we have created a social media hash tag #RAF100Lyneham for people to come together and share their memories and stories about RAF Lyneham and what this period of history has meant for them.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult: £7

Child: £5 (ages 5 – 16)

Under 5s: free

Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children): £21

Gold Card members: free

Serving military: £4

Concession (students with id, over 60s): £5

Ex-REME (with association card or other REME membership details): £4

Website

http://www.rememuseum.org.uk/2018/01/12/raf100-a-history-of-raf-lyneham-at-reme-museum-16th-january-16th-june-2018/

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.
Queen Elizabeth at the Army Cup Final

The REME Museum Royal Trial

  • 29 May — 2 June 2018

Find out more about the Royal connections in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Clues will be hidden throughout the Museum. This activity runs all week long and is included in the Museum admission price.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 11-13

Admission

Adult: £7

Child: £5 (ages 5 – 16)

Under 5s: free

Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children): £21

Gold Card members: free

Serving military: £4

Concession (students with id, OAPs): £5

Ex-REME (with association card or other REME membership details): £4

Website

http://www.rememuseum.org.uk/whats-on

Assault Course and Family Activities

Assault Course & New Family Activities

  • 31 May — 1 June 2018

REME Soldiers will be running our brand new assault course offering young ones a chance to have a go on this unique activity. Children can dress up, be timed and will get a certificate at the end. This activity runs in all sorts of weather so make sure you bring spare cloths and shoes!

Extra indoor activities will be taking place just for Half Term. Amongst the extra craft laid on, families will be able to design their own crown to take home and make a royal medal.

Additional Information
All these activities are in addition to the galleries, vehicles, interactives and quizzes available in the Museum every day. The Museum opens 10 am to 4:30 pm each day. Every visit to the REME Museum helps support the good work of the REME Charity as well as preserving the history of the Corps.

The assault course is suitable for children aged 5 to 12. Number of goes on the assault course may be limited at very busy times. Last entry on the assault course is at 3 pm. All activities require adult supervision. No pre-booking required for this activity, just turn up and enjoy. You may pre-pay tickets on Eventbrite who will add a booking fee. No booking fee will be added for tickets purchased on the day at the REME Museum. All these activities are included in the standard Museum admission fee.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Adult: £7

Child: £5 (ages 5 – 16)

Under 5s: free

Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children): £21

Gold Card members: free

Serving military: £4

Concession (students with id, OAPs): £5

Ex-REME (with association card or other REME membership details): £4

Website

http://www.rememuseum.org.uk/whats-on/

Getting there

The museum is located next to MoD Lyneham just off Calne Road (A3102). Approximately 5 miles South West from Royal Wotton Bassett.

REME Museum
MoD Lyneham
Calne Road
Lyneham
Wiltshire
SN15 4XX
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

01249 894869

Education Officer

0118 976 3254

Director

0118 976 3227

Senior Curator

0118 976 3563

Collection Manager

0118 976 3374

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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