National Army Museum

National Army Museum
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PLEASE NOTE: The National Army Museum is now closed to prepare for redevelopment.
Find out more on the Building for the Future site www.nam.ac.uk/Future

Discover the impact the British Army has had on the story of Britain, Europe and the world, and see how the actions of a few can affect the futures of many.
The National Army Museum tells the story of the British, Indian Army up to 1947 and the Commonwealth armies. The Museum’s Collection spans 400 years and holds over a million items, from a lamp used by Florence Nightingale to personal photographs taken by soldiers in the World Wars and has a wealth of fascinating, dramatic and poignant stories to tell. To discover more about the Museum’s Collection and its remarkable stories, please visit: www.nam.ac.uk

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

The National Army Museum is now closed to prepare for redevelopment.
Find out more on the Building for the Future site www.nam.ac.uk/Future

Admission charges

FREE

Getting there

The National Army Museum is situated on Royal Hospital Road, directly next door to the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Rail
Victoria Station is a 20-minute walk from the Museum. You can find London Rail maps on the Transport for London website.

Tube
Sloane Square (Circle and District Lines) is a 10-minute walk from the Museum. You can find London Tube maps on the Transport for London website.

Bus
Several bus routes stop within walking distance of the Museum:

Routes 11, 19, 22, 211 and 319 (King's Road)
Routes C1, 137 and 360 (Chelsea Bridge Road)
Route 170 (Royal Hospital Road, stops directly in front of the Museum)

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Photography, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Visit the National Army Museum and find out how Britain's past has helped to shape our present and our future. Discover the impact our Army has had on the story of Britain, Europe and the world, and see how the actions of a few can affect the futures of many.
  • See portraits by Reynolds and Gainsborough, a lamp used by Florence Nightingale and even the skeleton of Napoleon’s horse!
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.
Talbot House

The Every Man's Club: A Haven from the Hell of the Trenches

  • 6 October 2016 12:30-1:30pm

Kenneth Prideaux-Brune will explore the history of the Every Man’s Club, founded in December 1915 by army chaplain Philip ‘Tubby’ Clayton at Talbot House in the Belgian town of Poperinghe. He will explain how soldiers regardless of rank were free to enter, relax and be entertained, escaping the harsh realities of the front line.

Kenneth Prideaux-Brune served under Tubby Clayton for a few weeks in the mid-1950s. Later he worked for Toc H (the charity which grew out of Talbot House), including 10 years as its director. For the past 10 years he has been president of the Friends of Talbot House.

Where

Royal Marsden Education and Conference Centre
Stewart's Grove
London
SW3 6JJ
England

Getting there

Travel by underground

The nearest Tube station is South Kensington, about seven minutes walk through Onslow Square to Fulham Road. The Piccadilly, District and Circle lines serve South Kensington station.

Travel by bus
Several buses run past the hospital or stop nearby. Currently, bus numbers:

14, 211, 414 and 345 pass the hospital
11, 19, 22, 49, 70, 74, 319, 360, 430 and C1 have stops within easy reach.

Parking

The hospital is in a residents' parking zone, making parking nearby difficult. There are a few metered bays but these can be quite expensive. There are some disabled bays in Dudmaston Mews. Unfortunately there are no parking facilities at the hospital for patients or visitors. You may find it more convenient to travel by public transport or take a taxi.

Admission

Entry to Daytime Talks is free. However, places must be reserved in advance by contacting our customer services team on 020 7730 0717.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/events/daytime-talks/every-mans-club-haven-from-hell-trenches

British Soldiers in Afghanistan

The Legacy of British Involvement in Afghanistan

  • 13 October 2016 — 13 January 2017

2010 saw 733 civilians’ injured and 393 killed from Improvised Explosive Devices in Afghanistan. Over the course of that Summer, Photojournalist Kate Holt was the only UK photographer to be allowed to access to the specialist team working to locate and defuse these deadly devices. 15 years later Kate returned to Afghanistan to examine the legacy of the UK’s military occupation.

A raw and unflinching talk about the realities of the Afghanistan conflict and the long-term impact on the landscape and the people.

Kate Holt is a freelance photo-journalist and regular Guardian contributor. She has been nominated twice for the Amnesty Award for Humanitarian Reporting.

Where

Army & Navy Club
36-39 Pall Mall
London
SW1Y 5JN
England

Additional info

Dress code

The dress code for the Army & Navy Club is smart. Ripped jeans, sportswear and flip-flops are not permitted and entry will be refused with no refund.

Admission

Standard:
Places are available for £10.00 and can be booked online or by telephone: 020 7730 0717.

Concessions:
SOFNAM, Students, Military and Senior places are available for £7.50. Proof of ID is required. Concessions can only be booked by telephone: 020 7730 0717.

Dinner & Talk:
The Army & Navy Club offers a two-course dinner in their Coffee Room fine dining restaurant before each talk. Combined 'Dinner & Talk' bookings can only be made by telephone: 020 7730 0717.

£32.50 - Standard
£30.00 - Concessions
Please note that formal attire is required when dining - a collar, tie and jacket for gentlemen and a tailored suit or dress and jacket for ladies.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/events/evening-series/legacy-british-involvement-afghanistan

Battle of Hastings

The Battle of Hastings: 950th Anniversary

  • 27 October 2016 12:30-1:30pm

Dr Matthew Bennett will talk about one of the most famous dates in English history - 14 October 1066.

On this day, William Duke of Normandy, leading an army of his own subjects, along with many allies and mercenaries, attacked uphill and all day long, until the defending king, Harold Godwinesson, was killed and his forces overpowered.

This was only the beginning of a six-year conquest that led to profound changes in the way that England was governed, the law and even the language spoken by the ruling class - French.

The talk will cover the background to the campaign and the nature of the seaborne invasion. However, the main focus will be on the terrain, troop types and tactics of the battle itself.

Dr Matthew Bennett is a military historian specialising in medieval warfare who taught at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for 30 years. He has published widely on the subject including 'The Campaigns of the Norman Conquest' (Osprey, 2001).

Where

Royal Marsden Education and Conference Centre
Stewart’s Grove
London
SW3 6JJ
England

Getting there

Travel by underground

The nearest Tube station is South Kensington, about seven minutes walk through Onslow Square to Fulham Road. The Piccadilly, District and Circle lines serve South Kensington station.

Travel by bus
Several buses run past the hospital or stop nearby. Currently, bus numbers:

14, 211, 414 and 345 pass the hospital
11, 19, 22, 49, 70, 74, 319, 360, 430 and C1 have stops within easy reach.

Parking

The hospital is in a residents' parking zone, making parking nearby difficult. There are a few metered bays but these can be quite expensive. There are some disabled bays in Dudmaston Mews. Unfortunately there are no parking facilities at the hospital for patients or visitors. You may find it more convenient to travel by public transport or take a taxi.

Admission

Entry to Daytime Talks is free. However, places must be reserved in advance by contacting our customer services team on 020 7730 0717.

Events are subject to change. Please check the website closer to the date.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/events/daytime-talks/battle-hastings-950th-anniversary

Lord Kitchener

Kitchener: Hero or Anti-Hero?

  • 2 November 2016 7-8pm

This year marks the centenary of the death of Lord Kitchener, one of the most important figures in the history of the British Empire.

Based on his recently published biography - 'Kitchener: Hero and Anti-Hero' - Professor Faught will examine Kitchener's 40-year career as soldier, commander, administrator and minister.

The talk will look closely at the events and crises that shaped Kitchener's professional and personal life, and his outsized impact on Britain from the 1880s until 1916 and beyond.

There will be a book sale and signing follow the talk.

C Brad Faught is Professor of History and Global Studies at Tyndale University and Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto.

Where

Army and Navy Club
36-39 Pall Mall
London
SW1Y 5JN
England

Additional info

Dress code

The dress code for the Army & Navy Club is smart. Ripped jeans, sportswear and flip-flops are not permitted and entry will be refused with no refund.

Admission

Standard:
Places are available for £10.00 and can be booked online or by telephone: 020 7730 0717.

Concessions:
SOFNAM, Students, Military and Senior places are available for £7.50. Proof of ID is required. Concessions can only be booked by telephone: 020 7730 0717.

Dinner & Talk:
The Army & Navy Club offers a two-course dinner in their Coffee Room fine dining restaurant before each talk. Combined 'Dinner & Talk' bookings can only be made by telephone: 020 7730 0717.

£32.50 - Standard
£30.00 - Concessions
Please note that formal attire is required when dining - a collar, tie and jacket for gentlemen and a tailored suit or dress and jacket for ladies.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/events/evening-series/kitchener-hero-or-anti-hero

Indian soldiers who went to the Western Front during the First World War.

For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers in the First World War

  • 8 November 2016 12:30-1:30pm

Shrabani Basu tells the story of the 1.5 million Indian soldiers who went to the Western Front during the First World War. The talk will cover the personal narratives of some of these Indians: from a grand turbaned Maharaja to an illiterate peasant who won the Victoria Cross.

Based on accounts buried in villages in India and Pakistan, as well as British archives, the talk will recreate the war through the eyes of the Indians and show how they ate, prayed, fought and died in their first Western war.

Shrabani Basu is a journalist and historian. She is the author of 'For King and Another Country, Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18', 'Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant', 'Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan' and 'Curry: The Story of the Nation’s Favourite Dish'. She is the founder and chair of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust.

Where

Royal Marsden Education and Conference Centre
Stewart’s Grove
London
SW3 6JJ
England

Getting there

Travel by underground
The nearest Tube station is South Kensington, about seven minutes walk through Onslow Square to Fulham Road. The Piccadilly, District and Circle lines serve South Kensington
station.

Travel by bus
Several buses run past the hospital or stop nearby. Currently, bus numbers:

14, 211, 414 and 345 pass the hospital
11, 19, 22, 49, 70, 74, 319, 360, 430 and C1 have stops within easy reach.

Parking
The hospital is in a residents' parking zone, making parking nearby difficult. There are a few metered bays but these can be quite expensive. There are some disabled bays in Dudmaston Mews. Unfortunately there are no parking facilities at the hospital for patients or visitors. You may find it more convenient to travel by public transport or take a taxi.

Admission

Entry to Daytime Talks is free. However, places must be reserved in advance by contacting our customer services team on 020 7730 0717.

Events are subject to change. Please check the website closer to the date.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/events/daytime-talks/king-another-country-indian-soldiers-first-world-war

Does your country have the right to make you fight?

Does Your Country Have the Right to Make You Fight?

  • 15 November 2016 6:30-9pm

If Britain went to war today, would you join the fight? How would you feel if you didn’t have a choice?

People, both now and in the past, have had many reasons for joining the army - a sense of duty, adventure, patriotism, camaraderie, or simply for a career. But 100 years ago, and for the very first time, the British government introduced conscription, meaning young men had to fight for their country.

As part of Parliament Week 2016, we’re co-hosting a panel discussion bringing together historians and cross-party politicians to debate whether your country has the right to make you fight. We will also be live-streaming the event.

Tweet us your thoughts in the run-up to the event using #ArmyandSociety

Where

Macmillan Room - Portcullis House
2 Bridge Street
London
SW1A 2LW
England

Admission

Tickets are free, but places are limited. Register for your tickets online.

If the event sells out, you can register for our waiting list by contacting vs@nam.ac.uk or call 020 7730 0717. Alternatively, you can turn up on the day to see if any spaces are available.

The debate will begin at 7.00pm. But please arrive by 6.30pm to get through security.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-discussion-does-your-country-have-the-right-to-make-you-fight-tickets-27166842758

Evening Every Man's Club

Every Man's Club: Evening Experience

  • 19 November 2016 8-10pm

The realities of the First World War were tough on soldiers, physically and mentally. In 1915 British Army chaplain Tubby Clayton, created a place where soldiers could escape to: The Every Man’s Club. Located in Poperinghe, Belgium, the club became known as Talbot House and hosted a variety of entertainers. Regardless of rank all, soldiers were welcome.

Following the success of the Waterloo Pop Up screening last year, this year we present a Pop Up Every Man’s Club. A programme of music-hall style entertainment and activities will offer an experience of what life was like at Talbot House.

Ticket includes 1 free drink upon entry. Additional drinks and any food will be charged.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

4 Princelet St
Spitalfields
London
E1 6QH
England

Admission

Tickets are available for £10.00 and can be booked online or by telephone: 020 7730 0717.

Concessions:
SOFNAM, Students, Military and Senior places are available for £7.50. Proof of ID is required. Concessions can only be booked by telephone: 020 7730 0717.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/events/first-world-war-activities/every-mans-club-evening-experience

Daytime Every Man's Club

Every Man's Club: Families Experience

  • 19 November 2016 1-3pm

The realities of the First World War were tough on soldiers, physically and mentally. In 1915, British Army chaplain Tubby Clayton created a place where soldiers could escape to: The Every Man’s Club. Located in Poperinghe, Belgium, the club became known as Talbot House and hosted a variety of entertainers. Regardless of rank, all soldiers were welcome.

Following the success of the Waterloo Pop Up screening last year, this year we present a Pop Up Every Man’s Club. Bring your kids along for a FREE fun-filled afternoon of hands-on activities and entertainment including craft workshops and games.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

4 Princelet St
Spitalfields
London
E1 6QH
England

Admission

The event is free, although some drinks will be charged. Capacity is limited and therefore tickets will be allocated via a ballot system.

The National Army Museum believes that the ballot system is the fairest way of allocating tickets to manage any over subscription and gives all applicants an equal opportunity to attend. There is a maximum of 5 ballot entries per person.

The deadline for entries to the ballot is Friday 21 October 2016 at 6.00pm. Successful applicants will be notified via email on Friday 28 October 2016

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/events/first-world-war-activities/every-mans-club-families-experience-free-ballot-entry

Gravesite on the Somme

Somme: 141 Days, 141 Lives

  • 29 November 2016 12:30-1:30pm

The Battle of the Somme was one of the costliest campaigns of the First World War, with tens of thousands of casualties on both sides, drawn from all corners of the world.

Alexandra Churchill’s new book describes each day of the battle, from the perspective of 141 fallen casualties. Through their eyes the full scope of the horror of the Somme emerges. She will discuss how and why the men in the book were chosen, and the mammoth task of drawing nearly 150 individuals together to paint a coherent battle.

Alexandra Churchill is an author, researcher and historian who has contributed to and appeared on numerous television documentaries, including Timewatch (BBC2), Fighting the Red Baron (Channel 4) and Titanic with Len Goodman (BBC1). Her first book, the critically acclaimed 'Blood and Thunder: The Boys of Eton College and the First World War', was published in 2014, followed by 'Over Land and Sea: Chelsea FC in the Great War '(2015) in collaboration with Andrew Holmes. 'Somme: 141 Days, 141 Lives' was released in 2016.

Where

Royal Marsden Education and Conference Centre
Stewart’s Grove
London
SW3 6JJ
England

Getting there

Travel by underground

The nearest Tube station is South Kensington, about seven minutes walk through Onslow Square to Fulham Road. The Piccadilly, District and Circle lines serve South Kensington station.

Travel by bus
Several buses run past the hospital or stop nearby. Currently, bus numbers:

14, 211, 414 and 345 pass the hospital
11, 19, 22, 49, 70, 74, 319, 360, 430 and C1 have stops within easy reach.

Parking

The hospital is in a residents' parking zone, making parking nearby difficult. There are a few metered bays but these can be quite expensive. There are some disabled bays in Dudmaston Mews. Unfortunately there are no parking facilities at the hospital for patients or visitors. You may find it more convenient to travel by public transport or take a taxi.

Additional info

Travel by underground
The nearest Tube station is South Kensington, about seven minutes walk through Onslow Square to Fulham Road. The Piccadilly, District and Circle lines serve South Kensington station.

Travel by bus
Several buses run past the hospital or stop nearby. Currently, bus numbers:

14, 211, 414 and 345 pass the hospital
11, 19, 22, 49, 70, 74, 319, 360, 430 and C1 have stops within easy reach.

Parking
The hospital is in a residents' parking zone, making parking nearby difficult. There are a few metered bays but these can be quite expensive. There are some disabled bays in Dudmaston Mews. Unfortunately there are no parking facilities at the hospital for patients or visitors. You may find it more convenient to travel by public transport or take a taxi.

Admission

Entry to Daytime Talks is free. However, places must be reserved in advance by contacting our customer services team on 020 7730 0717.

Events are subject to change. Please check the website closer to the date.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/events/daytime-talks/somme-141-days-141-lives

Wellington's Eastern Front

Wellington's Eastern Front: The Campaigns on the East Coast of Spain, 1810-14

  • 2 December 2016 12:30-1:30pm

Colonel Nick Lipscombe will examine how the east coast of Spain was important to the Spanish, French and British for very different reasons during the Peninsular War.

For the Spanish, the ports of Tarragona, Valencia, Alicante and Cartagena sustained the nation, feeding the people and the military machine. For the French, failure to gain early control of the east coast was cited by Napoleon as one of the principal reasons for their eventual defeat. For the British, the east coast was a necessary and cost-effective distraction, but ultimately held the key to the successful invasion of France.

Colonel Nick Lipscombe served in the British Army for 34 years. He is an accomplished Napoleonic historian with an extensive knowledge of the Peninsular War. His first book, 'An Atlas and Concise Military History of the Peninsular War', was published in 2010 and selected as one of the Daily Telegraph (History) Books of the Year. His other works include 'Wellington's Guns', 'Wellington Invades France', the official Waterloo 200 book - 'A Decisive Victory', and most recently 'Wellington's Eastern Front'.

Where

Royal Marsden Education and Conference Centre
Stewart’s Grove
London
SW3 6JJ
England

Getting there

Travel by underground
The nearest Tube station is South Kensington, about seven minutes walk through Onslow Square to Fulham Road. The Piccadilly, District and Circle lines serve South Kensington station.

Travel by bus
Several buses run past the hospital or stop nearby. Currently, bus numbers:

14, 211, 414 and 345 pass the hospital
11, 19, 22, 49, 70, 74, 319, 360, 430 and C1 have stops within easy reach.

Parking
The hospital is in a residents' parking zone, making parking nearby difficult. There are a few metered bays but these can be quite expensive. There are some disabled bays in Dudmaston Mews. Unfortunately there are no parking facilities at the hospital for patients or visitors. You may find it more convenient to travel by public transport or take a taxi.

Admission

Entry to Daytime Talks is free. However, places must be reserved in advance by contacting our customer services team on 020 7730 0717.

Events are subject to change. Please check the website closer to the date.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/events/daytime-talks/wellingtons-eastern-front-campaigns-on-east-coast-spain-1810-14

National Service

National Service

  • 12 January 2017 12:30-1:30pm

Richard Vinen will unpick the myths of the two 'gap years', which all British men who came of age between 1945 and the early 1960s had to fill with National Service.

Important for military reasons, National Service also had a huge impact on British society. Richard will demonstrate how changes from the introduction of comprehensive education to the legalisation of homosexuality owed something to National Service. He will also look at the effects it had on the men (almost 2 million of them) who served.

Richard Vinen is Professor of History at King's College London. His book, 'National Service', published by Penguin, won the Templer Medal and the Wolfson History Prize.

Where

Royal Marsden Education and Conference Centre
Stewart’s Grove
London
SW3 6JJ
England

Getting there

Travel by underground

The nearest Tube station is South Kensington, about seven minutes walk through Onslow Square to Fulham Road. The Piccadilly, District and Circle lines serve South Kensington station.

Travel by bus
Several buses run past the hospital or stop nearby. Currently, bus numbers:

14, 211, 414 and 345 pass the hospital
11, 19, 22, 49, 70, 74, 319, 360, 430 and C1 have stops within easy reach.

Parking

The hospital is in a residents' parking zone, making parking nearby difficult. There are a few metered bays but these can be quite expensive. There are some disabled bays in Dudmaston Mews. Unfortunately there are no parking facilities at the hospital for patients or visitors. You may find it more convenient to travel by public transport or take a taxi.

Admission

Entry to Daytime Talks is free. However, places must be reserved in advance by contacting our customer services team on 020 7730 0717.

Events are subject to change. Please check the website closer to the date.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/events/daytime-talks/national-service

All Behind You, Winston

Churchill, Attlee and the Generals

  • 19 January 2017 7-8pm

Roger Hermiston will tell the story of the political and military leaders who steered Britain through its darkest hour, showing how they helped to win the Second World War. He’ll explore how Clement Attlee, Anthony Eden, Ernest Bevin and, above all, Winston Churchill mobilised the country for war and plotted its course with generals and admirals such as Brooke, Montgomery, Alexander and Mountbatten.

With strong personalities placed in an atmosphere of constant tension, relationships between the service chiefs and the war cabinet were never going to be easy. Roger Hermiston’s talk will evoke memories of the lively debates that took place in the cabinet room at 10 Downing Street and in the corridors of Whitehall.

Roger Hermiston is a writer and journalist. He’ll be signing copies of his latest book ‘All Behind You, Winston’ which will be on sale following the event.

Where

Army and Navy Club
36-39 Pall Mall
London
SW1Y 5JN
England

Additional info

Dress code

The dress code for the Army & Navy Club is smart. Ripped jeans, sportswear and flip-flops are not permitted and entry will be refused with no refund.

Admission

Bookings:

Standard:
Tickets are available for £10 and can be booked online or by telephone: 020 7730 0717.

Concessions:
SOFNAM, Students, Military and Senior places are available for £7.50. Proof of ID is required. Concessions can only be booked by telephone: 020 7730 0717.

Dinner & Talk:
The Army & Navy Club offers a two-course dinner in their Coffee Room fine dining restaurant before each talk. Combined 'Dinner & Talk' bookings can only be made by telephone: 020 7730 0717.

£32.50 - Standard
£30.00 - Concessions
Please note that formal attire is required when dining - a collar, tie and jacket for gentlemen and a tailored suit or dress and jacket for ladies.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/events/evening-series/churchill-attlee-generals

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.

Eyes Front! Art in Action

http://www.national-army-museum.ac.uk/education/primary5.shtml

In these active and investigative sessions, students will have the chance to discover some of the gems of the National Army Museum’s collections, and use them as a source of inspiration for their own art, both at the Museum and back at school.
We have a diverse and exciting collection of paintings, photography and objects and can offer sessions on:
* Portraits & Personalities
* Hats & Helmets
* Uniforms and Clothing
* Materials
* Transport
* Maps
All sessions offer a balance of discovery, discussion and ‘doing’, and students can use their sketchbooks to record their responses.

How to obtain

Session lasts 75 mins.

Be Prepared! Children in the Second World War

In the Second World War Boy Scouts and Girl Guides did their bit for the war effort. Whether they were recycling aluminium, helping out in hospitals or running messages for the ARP during the Blitz, they lived up to their motto: Be Prepared!
In this session your students will play the part of scouts and guides. Working in teams with a member of the Civil Defence, they will learn about gas masks, First Aid, aircraft recognition, fire-fighting and how to use a ‘Morrison’ shelter. Students will be able to handle original and reproduction equipment, as well as talking to the actor-interpreter about life on the Home Front.

How to obtain

Session lasts 90 mins
Call 020 7730 0717 ext 2321 (primary) or ext 2333 (secondary and groups and Video Conferencing) or email education@national-army-museum.ac.uk. Please make us aware of any special requirements your group may have. A lunchroom and coach parking may be available.

Britons At War Artefact Session

http://www.national-army-museum.ac.uk/education/primary3.shtml

This taught session introduces your pupils to the Second World War. They will discover how it started, and where it was fought.
Using images, real objects and uniforms your children will discover how the men and women from all over the British Empire and Commonwealth who lived and fought during the War, what sorts of jobs they did, and what their lives were like. The session ends with an opportunity for the students to handle the uniform and equipment.
Your group can then visit the World Wars Gallery, to learn more about the Second World War.

How to obtain

Sessions last 75 mins.
Booking
To make a booking or for further information, please contact the Education Department.
T: 020 7730 0717 ext 2560
F: 020 7823 6573
E: edu@national-army-museum.ac.uk
Gallery visits and taught sessions are free, as are lunchroom and coach parking, but all must be booked in advance.
Further Topics
If your group requires a presentation which is not covered in this leaflet please contact the Education Department to discuss your needs further.
Session Times
o 10.00 - 12.00
o 12.00 - 14.00
o 14.00 - 16.00
Every effort is made to accommodate groups visiting at different times.
Special Events
The Museum has a regular programme of interactive Special Events looking at different aspects or eras of British Army history. For a copy of our programme of Special Events, weekend events and lunchtime talks, please contact:
T: 020 7730 0717
W: www.national-army-museum.ac.uk

English Civil Wars

http://www.national-army-museum.ac.uk/education/secondary1.shtml

In the Civil Wars the people of Britain fought over their religion and their rights. The effects of the conflict were felt in all parts of society. Families were torn apart, a country was divided, the King was killed. Along with over 80,000 of his subjects.
This taught presentation uses images and objects from the Museum’s collection to cover themes including propaganda, uniform, armour and weaponry, tactics, the life of the ordinary soldier and medical care.

How to obtain

Booking
To make a booking or for further information, please contact the Education Department.
T: 020 7730 0717 ext 2560
F: 020 7823 6573
E: edu@national-army-museum.ac.uk
Gallery visits and taught sessions are free, as are lunchroom and coach parking, but all must be booked in advance.
Further Topics
If your group requires a presentation which is not covered in this leaflet please contact the Education Department to discuss your needs further.
Session Times
o 10.00 - 12.00
o 12.00 - 14.00
o 14.00 - 16.00
Every effort is made to accommodate groups visiting at different times.
Special Events
The Museum has a regular programme of interactive Special Events looking at different aspects or eras of British Army history. For a copy of our programme of Special Events, weekend events and lunchtime talks, please contact:
T: 020 7730 0717
W: www.national-army-museum.ac.uk

Florence Nightingale and the Crimean War

http://www.national-army-museum.ac.uk/education/primary1.shtml

'The Lady with the Lamp' saved many lives and changed nursing forever. A visit to the National Army Museum will give your pupils a greater understanding of the challenges she faced, and the men she helped.
This lively session, led by one of our Education Officers, uses a combination of storytelling, picture-led discussion, and hands-on object investigation.
Students will engage with sources to understand why Florence Nightingale wanted to go to the Crimea, what hospitals were like for soldiers and how improvements were made. As part of this session students will practice their team working skills by working together to discover what their mystery object reveals about life in the Crimea.

How to obtain

Session lasts 75 mins
Booking
To make a booking or for further information, please contact the Education Department.
T: 020 7730 0717 ext 2560
F: 020 7823 6573
E: edu@national-army-museum.ac.uk
Gallery visits and taught sessions are free, as are lunchroom and coach parking, but all must be booked in advance.
Further Topics
If your group requires a presentation which is not covered in this leaflet please contact the Education Department to discuss your needs further.
Session Times
o 10.00 - 12.00
o 12.00 - 14.00
o 14.00 - 16.00
Every effort is made to accommodate groups visiting at different times.
Special Events
The Museum has a regular programme of interactive Special Events looking at different aspects or eras of British Army history. For a copy of our programme of Special Events, weekend events and lunchtime talks, please contact:
T: 020 7730 0717
W: www.national-army-museum.ac.uk

Haig: Butcher of the Somme?

In February 1928, over 25 000 civilians and ex-servicemen turned out to pay their respects to the late Field Marshal Lord Haig as he lay in state in Edinburgh. Contradiction and controversy have characterised perceptions of the First World War, and Haig’s role in it, ever since.
In this investigative workshop, students will work in groups to analyse sources relating to the Battle of the Somme: themes will include technology, training, equipment, weaponry and politics. They will then be invited to present their own plan of attack. A plenary session will then allow students to compare their ideas with Lord Haig’s, and to evaluate the historical battle.

How to obtain

Call 020 7730 0717 ext 2321 (primary) or ext 2333 (secondary and groups and Video Conferencing) or email education@national-army-museum.ac.uk. Please make us aware of any special requirements your group may have. A lunchroom and coach parking may be available

Men of Blood: The Soldiers of the English Civil Wars

http://www.national-army-museum.ac.uk/education/secondary1.shtml

This investigative workshop puts the emphasis on your students using and building their historical skills. Different sources from our collection, including paintings, medals, archival material and handling objects will be available for students to explore, discuss, analyse and present an argument to answer one key question: “Did Parliament win the wars?”.

How to obtain

Call 020 7730 0717 ext 2321 (primary) or ext 2333 (secondary and groups and Video Conferencing) or email education@national-army-museum.ac.uk. Please make us aware of any special requirements your group may have. A lunchroom and coach parking may be available

Remembrance

http://www.national-army-museum.ac.uk/education/primary2.shtml

Soldiers are bound by service. The nature of service is inherently unequal: soldiers may have to give more than they receive. Ultimately, they may be called upon to make personal sacrifices - including death - in the service of the nation.
On Remembrance Day, the Nation remembers those who have given their lives in its service.
Investigating images, objects and original uniform your class will learn about the lives of the men and women from Britain and the Empire who have served in the Army from the World Wars to the modern day. Students will discover how they lived, how some of them died, and how that loss affected their families and communities.
To end the session the class will make a

How to obtain

Session lasts 75 mins.
Call 020 7730 0717 ext 2321 (primary) or ext 2333 (secondary and groups and Video Conferencing) or email education@national-army-museum.ac.uk. Please make us aware of any special requirements your group may have. A lunchroom and coach parking may be available

The First World War

http://www.national-army-museum.ac.uk/education/secondary2.shtml

November 12, 1918. The Great War is over. Nearly one million members of Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth, including 600 women, are dead, scattered over the world. The survivors face a world forever changed by the events of the past five years.
This taught presentation uses images and objects from the Museum’s collection to cover themes including propaganda, uniform, technology and weaponry, tactics, the life of the ordinary soldier, medical care and remembrance.

How to obtain

Call 020 7730 0717 ext 2321 (primary) or ext 2333 (secondary and groups and Video Conferencing) or email education@national-army-museum.ac.uk. Please make us aware of any special requirements your group may have. A lunchroom and coach parking may be available

The Second World War

http://www.national-army-museum.ac.uk/education/secondary3.shtml

What happened when the War to End All Wars didn't?
In 1939 millions of ordinary men and women from all over the British Empire, Commonwealth and Dominions were mobilised to combat the Axis powers from Norway to North Africa, from the Normandy bocages to the jungles of Burma. The steep learning curve of the First World War generated terrifying new weapons and tactics. Massive, mechanised – an epic backdrop against which the individual’s experience was played out.
This taught presentation uses images and objects from the Museum’s collection to cover themes including propaganda, uniform, technology and weaponry, tactics, the life of the ordinary soldier, medical care and remembrance.

How to obtain

Call 020 7730 0717 ext 2321 (primary) or ext 2333 (secondary and groups and Video Conferencing) or email education@national-army-museum.ac.uk. Please make us aware of any special requirements your group may have. A lunchroom and coach parking may be available

War Boy: The Michael Foreman Exhibition & Meet Michael Foreman

http://www.national-army-museum.ac.uk/education/primary7.shtml

War Boy: The Michael Foreman Exhibition brings to life some of the key works of this leading children’s book author and illustrator. Exploring some of the complex themes of the World Wars and the civilian connection with the British Army, War Boy is a unique opportunity to see original Foreman artwork alongside the National Army Museum’s artefacts.
For a limited number of dates in November, your school can book a day at the Museum with Michael Foreman and the Education team. Students will be able to talk to Michael about his childhood and his art, visit the exhibition, and take part in our Be Prepared! activity workshop about life for children on the Home Front.
Call the Education Departme

How to obtain

Sessions last 75 mins.
Call 020 7730 0717 ext 2321 (primary) or ext 2333 (secondary and groups and Video Conferencing) or email education@national-army-museum.ac.uk. Please make us aware of any special requirements your group may have. A lunchroom and coach parking may be available

War Story: GCE/GCSE Study Days on the History of War

http://www.national-army-museum.ac.uk/education/secondary4.shtml

When our Museum opened in 1971 it was described as the ‘Scarlet Army’ Museum. Our collection relating to the armies of the British Empire is huge. Almost 40 years on we’re bringing the story right up to date with our brand new Conflicts of Interest (1969-present) gallery. Using a variety of active workshops, illustrated talks and object handling you can build a bespoke study day during which your students can explore different themes from the Middle Ages to the modern day, including:
* Medicine
* Weapons Development
* Leadership
* Tactics and Technology
* Women at War
* Media and Propaganda
Talks and workshops can be tailored to cover particular periods or specific

How to obtain

Call 020 7730 0717 ext 2321 (primary) or ext 2333 (secondary and groups and Video Conferencing) or email education@national-army-museum.ac.uk. Please make us aware of any special requirements your group may have. A lunchroom and coach parking may be available

Wonderful Adventures: Mary Seacole and the Crimean War

http://www.national-army-museum.ac.uk/education/primary6.shtml

This cross curricular session investigates in detail the world of Mother Seacole – adventurer, ‘doctress’ and owner of the British Hotel. Turned down by the establishment, Mary set up in business for herself and was praised by officers and soldiers alike.
Students will explore the themes of healthy eating, visiting Mary’s shop; measuring distances travelled, mapping Mary’s world-wide adventures; and medicine, through hands on object investigation (including making simple herbal remedies), group participation and picture-led discussion.

Getting there

The National Army Museum is situated on Royal Hospital Road, directly next door to the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Rail
Victoria Station is a 20-minute walk from the Museum. You can find London Rail maps on the Transport for London website.

Tube
Sloane Square (Circle and District Lines) is a 10-minute walk from the Museum. You can find London Tube maps on the Transport for London website.

Bus
Several bus routes stop within walking distance of the Museum:

Routes 11, 19, 22, 211 and 319 (King's Road)
Routes C1, 137 and 360 (Chelsea Bridge Road)
Route 170 (Royal Hospital Road, stops directly in front of the Museum)

National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
London
Greater London
SW3 4HT
England

Website

www.nam.ac.uk

E-mail

PR & Marketing

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Hospitality

events@nam.ac.uk

Education

edu@nam.ac.uk

General information

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Telephone

Information line

020 7881 6606

Switchboard

020 7730 0717

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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