National Army Museum

National Army Museum
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The National Army Museum is a leading authority on the British Army and its impact on society past and present.

We examine the army's role as protector, aggressor and peacekeeper from the British Civil Wars to the modern day. Through our collections we preserve and share stories of ordinary people with extraordinary responsibilities. We explore the role of the army and its relevance today.
We aim to be a first class museum that moves, inspires, challenges, educates and entertains.

The National Army Museum is a fun, interactive space for all the family. Our engaging museum experience reaches out to all. We want to connect the British public with its army, regardless of age, gender, race and religion.
The new National Army Museum is for everyone, no matter what they think about the British Army.

So what's new? We now showcase the breadth and depth of our collections in new and engaging ways. We explore thoughts and ideas as well as real stories of real people. And we challenge the way people think about the British Army and their relationship with it.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Open daily: 10am - 5.30pm
(Last admission: 5pm)

Closed: 25, 26 December and 1 January

Open until 8pm on the first Wednesday of every month.

Admission charges

Free of charge

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!
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Special Forces: In the Shadows

Special Forces: In the Shadows

  • 17 March — 1 November 2018 *on now

Founded during the Second World War, the Special Forces is made up of six elite units, each with a unique role in British security and military operations.

The exhibition looks at the work of these units and the extreme skills and total dedication needed to make the cut.

Uncover their hidden world from real-life events such as the Iranian embassy siege to how they are portrayed in popular culture.

Sign up to our monthly newsletter and get the opportunity to pre-book your Special Forces tickets as soon as they are released.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8 Adults,
£7 concessions
£4 children
Under 12 free

The Relief of the Light Brigade, 25th October 1854

Call in the Cavalry

  • 25 October 2018 — 3 March 2019

From flamboyant uniforms to fast horses, this exhibition looks at the shared heritage between the Hungarian and British hussars. During the 19th century, 12 British Army regiments were retitled or created as hussars, adopting traditions established by the Hungarian hussars of the 17th century. Over the years, the original British hussar regiments have amalgamated to form the three present-day units: The King's Royal Hussars, the Queen's Royal Hussars and the Light Dragoons.

Come and discover their histories and the distinctive, dazzling uniforms which earned some regiments nicknames like The Shiny Tenth and The Old Saucy Seventh. Learn about the traditions they have developed, and the many famous cavalry charges they have taken part in. The exhibition includes contributions from the Hungarian Institute and Museum of Military History.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/call-cavalry

Oil painting by Alfred Munnings: Halt on the March by a Stream at Nesle

Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918

  • 30 November 2018 — 3 March 2019

Sir Alfred Munnings was one of Britain’s most celebrated equine artists. This exhibition features over 40 original paintings from his time with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Shown in England for the first time in a century, his impressionist paintings highlight the role of horses in military operations, while capturing the beauty of these animals in the war-affected landscapes of France.

Discover more on the work of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and the Forestry Corps through these paintings on loan from the Canadian War Museum as well as selected works from the National Army Museum’s own collection. The exhibition has been developed by the Canadian War Museum (Ottawa, Canada), in partnership with The Munnings Art Museum (Dedham, UK) and generously sponsored by The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation. Local support kindly provided by Juddmonte.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6 adults
£5 concessions
£4 groups
£4 students
Under 16s free

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.
Security and the army tour

Security and the army tour

  • 3 March — 1 December 2018 *on now

In 2018 we’re looking at the army’s role in UK and world security throughout history. This monthly tour will highlight some of the objects and stories related to key moments and the people involved.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:103

A night time view of an SAS man on a weapons mounted vehicle

Special Forces: Out of the Shadows

  • 17 March — 18 November 2018 *on now

Founded during the Second World War, the Special Forces is made up of six elite units, each with a unique role in British security and military operations.

The exhibition looks at the work of these units and the extreme skills and total dedication needed to make the cut.

Uncover their hidden world from real-life events, such as the Iranian Embassy siege, to how they are portrayed in popular culture.

Admission

£8.00 adults, £4.00 children
£7.00 concessions

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/special-forces-out-shadows

Curator tour: Special Forces

Curator tour: Special Forces

  • 3 October 2018 6-7pm
  • 18 October 2018 11am-12pm
  • 24 — 25 October 2018 11am-12pm

‘Special Forces: In the Shadows’ presents ideas of security and secrecy through the lens of British Special Forces. Discover who these elite soldiers are, the skills they need, and the operations they’ve undertaken.

Curator tour tickets include entry to the exhibition. Please meet at the exhibition entrance five minutes before the tour is due to begin.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard: £12.50
Concessions: £10.62

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:129

Book Launch: Vietnam, An Epic Tragedy, 1945 – 1975

Book Launch: Vietnam, An Epic Tragedy, 1945 – 1975

  • 26 September 2018 6:30-8pm *on now

Vietnam became the Western world’s most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the United States in 1975. Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing participants on both sides, as well as researching American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create a narrative of an epic struggle. He portrays the epic struggle at Dien Bien Phu, the Tet offensive, the air blitz of North Vietnam, and less familiar battles such as Daido, where a US Marine battalion was almost wiped out. He brings to life the vivid realities of a war amid jungle and paddies that killed over two million people.

This talk will be followed by a book sale and signing.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Adult: £15
Concessions: £12.75

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk

Chasing the Lion: The First World War in East Africa

Chasing the Lion: The First World War in East Africa

  • 28 September 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

Fighting during the First World War reached many of Europe’s far-flung colonies, such as those in East Africa. The fighting there was brutal, but the environment even more deadly. Soldiers marched across hundreds of miles of plains, swamps and jungles, and faced constant threats from heat, tropical diseases and parasitic bugs such as the tsetse fly, as well as ambush and combat. Britain committed £200 million and over half a million men to capturing and defeating General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck’s well-trained Askaris, but he led the Allies on a merry game of cat and mouse for the duration of the war, avoiding defeat to the very end.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk

Portrait photography course with Rory Lewis

Portrait photography course with Rory Lewis

  • 29 September 2018 10am-4pm

Inspired by his recent portrait exhibition, Soldiery, photographer Rory Lewis leads a practical photography course focused on developing your skills in portrait photography. Rory’s fun and practical learning techniques and use of professional models will help you hone your skills and add to your photography portfolio. Aimed at both amateur and more experienced photographers, this workshop will cover studio flash lighting, the effect of soft boxes, umbrellas, snoots and reflectors. You’ll learn what a light’s main function is and how lighting affects the final image.

Course schedule:
10am – Welcome and talk by Rory Lewis on The Medium of Portraiture
10.45am – Refreshments
11am – High key portraiture
12.30pm – Lunch
1.15pm – Vivid chiaroscuro portraiture
2pm – Low key portraiture (Rembrandt lighting, split and short lighting)
4pm – Closing remarks from Rory Lewis

Rory Lewis is a British portrait photographer. His body of work includes celebrity sittings with actors such as Sir Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, Natalie Dormer, Ian McShane, Iain Glen and many other portraits of musicians and men and women of accomplishment.

Rory’s inspirations include Renaissance portraiture and German expressionist cinema. Rory’s recent exhibition Soldiery featured 278 portraits of British Army soldiers.

Refreshments and lunch are included in the cost of the course.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Adults: £149
Concessions: £126.65

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk

Children making poppies at the National Army Museum

Poppy-making family crafts

  • 6 October 2018 10:30am-1pm, 2-4:30pm
  • 21 October 2018 12:30am-1pm, 2-4:30pm
  • 28 October 2018 10:30am-1pm, 2-4:30pm
  • 3 November 2018 10:30am-1pm, 2-4:30pm
  • 10 November 2018 10:30am-1pm, 2-4:30pm

Mark the centenary of the end of the First World War by learning about and making, your own Remembrance poppy. Join our drop-in family craft sessions for 3D, paper and sequin poppy-making to take home or leave in our Remembrance Garden.

3D Poppies
Saturday 6 October
10.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4.30pm
Saturday 10 November
10.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4.30pm

Paper Poppies
Sunday 21 October
10.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4.30pm
Sunday 28 October
10.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4.30pm

Sequin Poppies
Saturday 3 November
10.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4.30pm

Suitable for

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

Admission

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

'Peace Celebrations Indian Troops Marching Down Whitehall', 1919

Centenary Remembrance Late

  • 7 November 2018 6-9pm

Reflect on the culture of Remembrance as we mark the centenary of the Armistice. Connect, create and commemorate in this evening of discussion, music, poetry, and crafts.

Join our panel discussion which will focus on cultural expressions of remembrance in architecture, art and literature. Speakers will include Dan Cruikshank, whose BBC documentary on First World War memorials will air in November. Organised in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the discussion will be chaired by Dr Glyn Prysor, Chief Historian at the CWGC.

Get creative with live poetry performances and workshops led by our poets-in-residence. Connect with lives and stories from the First World War through participatory object-handling sessions, a new self-guided gallery tour and by voting for objects from our #CentenaryCollection project.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/centenary-remembrance-late

The Muddy Choir

The Muddy Choir

  • 7 — 8 November 2018
  • 10 November 2018

Focusing on three young soldiers serving with the Durham Light Infantry in 1917, this play is about growing up and the humanising power of music.

‘Nee killing, anly singing, and we all go home together.’ It’s November 1917 and the Battle of Passchendaele is lurching towards its bloody conclusion. Young soldiers Will, Robbie and Jumbo are thrust into a landscape starkly different to the playing fields and estates of their Sunderland home. Inspired by their childhood oath, Robbie dreams that music will be their ticket away from the front. But attracting the attention of their commanding officers may prove more dangerous than bullets and gas.

Commissioned and produced by Theatre Centre, the play was written by Jesse Briton to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Admission

£5 per person
Recommended for teenagers
Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
7 and 8 October are specifically for school visits.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk

Chattri Memorial, 2008

Conference: A Century of Remembrance

  • 17 November 2018 9:30am-5pm

The National Army Museum’s academic conference discusses how the First World War has been remembered over the past 100 years. Hear from an international panel of experts and learn more about how, who and why we remember. Keynote speaker: Sir Hew Strachan – Professor of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews and Chair of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s 2014-2018 Committee.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£12.50 including lunch, £10 concessions, booking required

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/century-remembrance

Soldier Jo Young writing poetry

Activity: Remembrance poetry writing workshop

  • 17 November 2018 12-1pm, 2-4pm

Join a family-friendly poetry writing workshop. Lieutenant-Colonel Jo Young and Isabel Palmer, our two poets-in-residence, will guide you through writing your own piece of poetry inspired by the First World War.

Two sessions:

12pm – 1pm | Children ages 5-8
www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/remembrance-poetry-writing-workshop-ages-5-8
2pm – 4pm | Children ages 9-12
www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/remembrance-poetry-writing-workshop-ages-9-12

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free, limited space, booking required

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/remembrance-poetry-writing-workshop-ages-5-8

Kids playing with guards' uniform at National Army Museum

"Kids in Museums' takeover day

  • 22 November 2018 10:15am-2:15pm

'Kids in Museums' takeover day features a multitude of creative activities for the under-5s, their families and carers. These storytelling, craft and rhyme-time sessions are inspired by animals of the First World War. They are devised and run by local primary school children. Families are invited to explore the galleries where the children will be hosting these interactive sessions throughout the day.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • Any age
  • 14-15

Admission

Free, drop-in, children must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/kids-museums-takeover-day

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

https://www.nam.ac.uk

E-mail

General information

info@nam.ac.uk

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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