National Army Museum

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

Website

National Army Museum website

www.nam.ac.uk

E-mail

PR & Marketing

pr@nam.ac.uk

Hospitality

events@nam.ac.uk

Education

edu@nam.ac.uk

General information

info@nam.ac.uk

Telephone

PR, Marketing & Hospitality

020 7730 0717 x2535

Education

020 7730 0717 x2560

Reading Room

020 7730 0717 x2222

Fax

020 7823 6573

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National Army Museum
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Discover the lives, legends and legacies of the men and women who have served in the British Army. Find out about some of the most remarkable episodes in Britain's history. We'll show you just how soldiers have lived and fought from the Battle of Agincourt right up to the modern day.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Daily 10.00 - 17.30

Closed: 24-26 December and 1 January

Admission charges

Free admission

Some special events may have a 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)

Additional info

The National Army Museum’s Templer Study Centre offers visitors an unrivalled opportunity to explore in depth the campaigns, personalities and social history of the British Army.

Seating 15 Readers, the Centre offers access to the Museum’s collections of regimental and campaign histories, archives, photographs, prints and drawings, providing a rich picture of soldiers’ daily lives through the ages. Visitors can also draw upon the expertise of the Study Centre curatorial staff.

Users must be 16+. Entry is free. Visitors should bring two forms of identification with them.

Opening Hours 10am - 5.30pm Wedensdays, Thursdays, Fridays and the first and third Saturday of every month (except public holidays).

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.

Conflicts of Interest at the National Army Museum

  • 12 September 2009 — 31 December 2019 *on now

This major new gallery examines over four decades of action on the World stage by the modern British Army.

Looking beyond the media headlines, it explores the conflicting interests of enforcing peace through a violent means, balancing global security with the needs of vulnerable communities and the demands of the job on the lives of the personal lives of our troops.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Victorian Soldier Action Zone

  • 17 June 2013 — 17 June 2018 *on now

Are you a drummer boy, an infantryman or a cavalry officer? Find out in the Museum's interactive Victorian Action Zone. Quizzes, games and hands-on activities help you learn about life as a Victorian Soldier and the part they played in the shaping of Britain’s Empire

Suitable for

  • Any age

Korea 1950 – 53: The Cold War's Hot War

  • 17 June 2013 — 17 June 2018 *on now

Examine the role of the British Army during the first and only UN war to date. Mixing personal objects and artefacts from the Museum's collection with contemporary media reports

Suitable for

  • Any age

The Making of Britain Display

  • 17 June 2013 — 17 June 2018 *on now

Investigate the Army's role in creating and defending the nation state of Great Britain we know today

Suitable for

  • Any age

World Wars, 1905-1945

  • 17 June 2013 — 17 June 2018 *on now

Explore the role of the British Commonwealth's civilian armies and their defence of democracy during the First and Second World Wars, the era of 'Total War'

Suitable for

  • Any age

Changing the World 1784 – 1904

  • 17 June 2013 — 17 June 2018 *on now

Examining the British Army's role in expansion and defence of British trade, political interest, and empire, and its effect on the shape of Britain and the world today

Suitable for

  • Any age

Kids' Zone

  • 17 June 2013 — 17 June 2017 *on now

Discover the Museum’s new soft-play area, with forest and arctic themed climbing frames for kids to scale, slide and run through. This colourful children's play area explores aspects of army life from camping to clothing and includes a dedicated soft-play space for babies, plus arts and crafts, dressing-up costumes, books, interactive toys and panels

Suitable for

  • Any age
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 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

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

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.

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

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)

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