Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive

Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive
Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham
Kent
ME4 4UG
England

Website

Website

www.re-museum.co.uk

E-mail

General information

mail@re-museum.co.uk

Telephone

General enquiries

01634 822839

Curatorial

01634 822261

Learning and Events

01634 822312

Library

01634 822221

Fax

01634 822371

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The Royal Engineers Museum and Library tell the story of the Corps of Royal Engineers and military engineering. It is a story about the Sappers and their courage, creativity and innovation.

In peace and war the Corps has been everywhere and involved in everything. The Museum galleries display exquisite Chinese embroideries given to General Gordon, maps, drawings, letters and airgraphs, paintings and fine uniforms alongside Zulu shields from Rorke's Drift, tanks, torpedoes, bridges and chemical weapons.

The Library founded in 1813 holds material as diverse as 1860s photographs of Canada, classic military histories and World War One unit war diaries.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

www.re-museum.co.uk

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive

Opening hours

Tues-Fri 09.00-17.00
Sat Sun 11.30-17.00

Closed: Mondays

Admission charges

Adults: £8.00
Consession: £5
Family tickets: £21.50
Children under 5 FREE
Serving Royal Engineers FREE
Group rates also available
*Pay once, get in for 12 months! All of our tickets are valid for ONE YEAR!

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

From London ~ A2 to Dover - (Junction 1) A289, Medway Tunnel, Right towards Brompton, Right into Prince Arthur Road (B2004).


From the North of the Thames ~ M25 - Dartford Crossing - (Junction 2) A2 to Dover - (J 1) A289, Medway Tunnel, Right towards Brompton, Right into Prince Arthur Road (B2004).


From the South West ~ M25 to Dartford, (Junction 5) M26-M20 to Dover/Folkstone, - (Junction 5) A229-A230 to Chatham.


From Dover ~ A2-M2 to London - (Junction 3) A229-A230 to Chatham.


From Chatham centre ~ take the A231 (Dock Road) to Gillingham, follow the A231 into Wood Street, at the roundabout, turn left at the traffic lights into Prince Arthur Road (B2004). The entrance to the Museum is on the left.


From Gillingham centre ~ take the A231 (Brompton Road), turn right at the traffic lights into Prince Arthur Road (B2004).

From Gillingham train station ~ follow the sign posts through Gillingham High Street

The entire collection of the Royal Engineers Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The collections at the Royal Engineers Museum tell the history of the Corps and its central contribution to military construction and engineering. The museum holds a particularly comprehensive collection of British medals.

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Photography, Personalities, Land Transport, Inland Waterways, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Aviation, Archives, Architecture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
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.
Durrant's VC

'Valour' - A new permanent display of our Victoria Crosses

  • 12 November 2010 — 12 October 2055 *on now

The Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive opened a NEW permanent display on the 12th November 2010. This exhbition is a modern redisplay of the 25 Victoria Crosses held by the Museum.

The new display not only shows the medals but also a number of archives and ephemera belonging to the VC recipients which have until now have never been on show.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Any age

Admission

Free with museum entry fee.

Berlin Wall Art Family Activities

  • 28 — 31 October 2014

During October half term we will be focusing on the street art which covered the largest canvas in the world, the Berlin wall. Discover why the wall was popular with artists from all over the world and what styles and techniques they were using to create street art. Even the youngest of visitors will have plenty of inspiration to contribute to the Museum’s expressive mural.

Suitable for

  • Any age
photograph of gramophone

War Time Christmas Weekend

  • 13 — 14 December 2014 10:30am-5pm

Come to the Royal Engineers Museum to find out how Christmas time was celebrated during the Second World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

The Lady of the Lamp: Florence Nightingale

In this session, children learn about the work of Florence Nightingale, focusing mainly on her work in the crimean, but also looking briefly at her early and later life. Objects from our Florence Nightingale collection are used ti illustrate the talk and children are given a chance to handle these. They will also get the chance to observe them closely as part of a drawing activity used to end the session. The session also covers how we can learn about people from the objects they leave behind.

Brilliant Bridges

Such simple things as bridges permiate our daily lives, but how often do we take a moment to think about the science behind them? This session looks at just how bridges work, along with some historical examples to show students how technology has evolved and the various properties of building materials used. Who better to learn about bridges than with the Royal Engineers, Britain's bridgers since 1066!

Early Engineers

This is a science and engineering based session where children learn not only about the earliest forms of military engineering, but also about forces and motion. Get a general picture of siege warfare in medieval times before moving on to help us carry out experiemtns with our very own Trebuchet Catapult. Children will then be given a chance to make and test thier own catapults. By the end of the day, children will have an understanding of the work of early engineers and siege warfare. They will have gained knowledge of forces and motion through thier work with the catapults.

Engineers of the Empire

"The sun never sets on the British Empire." This famous phrase was once used to describe an empire that spanned the globe, and ruled the seas. In this session, we look at those who built that empire from the ground up. The work of the Royal Engineers is on a global scale, as they built the roads, forts, sewage and everything else that the British Empire needed to be the great force that it was. History is brough to life as students get the chance to handle real objects from our collection, some of which date back to the very beginning of the Victorian Era.

Exploding Science!

This session is aimed at pupils in Key Stage 3, and specifically explores elements of the Science Curriculum. The workshop aimes to give students the chance to explore chemical reactions and thier uses in a controlled environment, while also looking at some of their more hazardous effects. Participants will undertake first-hand experiments, and utilize multi-media sources, along with Museum archival information to explore the subject of "explosions" and the physics behind them.

How to obtain

Simply call the Museum Learning Department: 01634 822312

World War One: Life in the Trenches

The session focuses on the process of becoming a soldier: from signing up in 1914 to life in the trenches on the Western Front. Learn about life for those who survived the war and the lasting effects the war had on them. By the end of the session we hope that children have an increased knowledge about what life was like for individuals during the war and a better understanding of just what their daily life consisted of.

World War Two: Home Front

This session focuses on what life would have been like for children during the war, the main focus being on evacuation. The session does also cover rationing and the Blitz and looks at the work of those adults who stayed on the Home Front. The Learning Officer uses imagery, and object handling to bring the session to life, and children will have the chance to handle objects from our WWII handling collection.

WWII for the Price of 1

An exciting new whole day programme - split between The Historic Dockyard Chatham, and the Royal Engineers Museum. This programme offers a fascinating insight into the Second World War, and seeks to whet the appetite of students in Key Stage 3 for further studies in history.

Getting there

From London ~ A2 to Dover - (Junction 1) A289, Medway Tunnel, Right towards Brompton, Right into Prince Arthur Road (B2004).


From the North of the Thames ~ M25 - Dartford Crossing - (Junction 2) A2 to Dover - (J 1) A289, Medway Tunnel, Right towards Brompton, Right into Prince Arthur Road (B2004).


From the South West ~ M25 to Dartford, (Junction 5) M26-M20 to Dover/Folkstone, - (Junction 5) A229-A230 to Chatham.


From Dover ~ A2-M2 to London - (Junction 3) A229-A230 to Chatham.


From Chatham centre ~ take the A231 (Dock Road) to Gillingham, follow the A231 into Wood Street, at the roundabout, turn left at the traffic lights into Prince Arthur Road (B2004). The entrance to the Museum is on the left.


From Gillingham centre ~ take the A231 (Brompton Road), turn right at the traffic lights into Prince Arthur Road (B2004).

From Gillingham train station ~ follow the sign posts through Gillingham High Street

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