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.
War Paint

War Paint: Brushes with conflict

  • 30 March — 19 November 2017 *on now

Explore why artists and soldiers have painted scenes of conflict, in our first temporary exhibition at the new National Army Museum.

Artists and soldiers have painted scenes of conflict for many reasons - to create records, report news or commemorate events. But above all, war paintings are personal perspectives on war and its vast impact on people and places.

War Paint features over 130 paintings and objects exploring the complex relationship between war and the men and women who map, record, celebrate and document it.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/war-paint-brushes-conflict

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.
War Paint

War Paint exhibition tour

  • 30 April 2017 From 2:30pm
  • 7 May 2017 From 2:30pm
  • 14 May 2017 From 2:30pm
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Artists paint places of conflict for many reasons - recording locations, reporting news and commemorating events. But these images also offer personal perspectives on war and its impact on land and people.

During this tour, we'll discuss the purposes behind painting war and highlight some of the techniques used to paint during conflict.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:13

Book cover

Book Club: Age of Anger

  • 26 April 2017 7-8pm

Come along and meet new people at an entertaining and informative evening of lively discussion. Explore our book of the month and unpack current issues, historical events and popular fiction through recent book releases related to the British Army.

This month we will be discussing Pankaj Mishra's book Age of Anger.

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month, from 7pm to 8pm. Refreshments are available from 6.30pm.

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/book-club-age-anger

Our artist on the battle-field of Inkerman

War artists and the press

  • 28 April 2017 11:30am-12:30pm

Emma Mawdsley looks at artists' depiction of war in the press of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Art has always been a tool for reporting news. But in the age before photography, artists provided the only images of war zones.

In the 19th century, as the thirst for authentic images of conflict grew, newspapers sent artists to accompany troops to war. The images didn’t merely complement the written words, they formed the substance of reporting.

Emma Mawdsley is a Senior Research Curator at the National Army Museum and curator of the War Paint exhibition.

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/war-artists-and-press

African women in the First World War

African women in the First World War

  • 5 May 2017 11:30am-12:30pm

Join Dr Anne Samson and discover the different roles African women have played during war.

From camp followers and labourers to spies and snipers, African women of all ethnicities, ages and creeds have played a significant, albeit hidden, role in war.

Using the First World War as a hook, Dr Anne Samson will explore the different roles women played in the conduct of war in Africa in the early 20th century.

Dr Anne Samson is an author and historian specialising in Africa and the First World War.

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/african-women-first-world-war

A member of the West Indies Auxiliary Territorial Service

Women soldiers tour

  • 6 May 2017 2:30-3pm

In 1917 the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was founded. This was the first time women could join the army outside of nursing roles. Since then there have been a number of developments for women in the army, culminating in last year's lifting of the ban on women in combat roles.

Join us for a 30-minute guided tour of the galleries exploring the theme of women in the army.

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/women-soldiers-tour-0

3RHA FOO at Bridge 4, Basrah, April 2003

War Paint guest tour: Matthew Cook

  • 10 May 2017 6:30-7:30pm

Renowned illustrator Matthew Cook will give a guided tour of our War Paint exhibition, in which his work is featured.

During this special one-hour tour, Matthew will take you around the exhibition and discuss what it’s like to be a war artist and soldier.

Matthew Cook was the Times Official War Artist during the Gulf War and has been to the front line as a War Artist a number of times since then. He completed two tours of Afghanistan with the Territorial Army in 2006 and 2009.

Admission

Tickets: £12.00
Concessions: £9.00

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/war-paint-guest-tour-matthew-cook

In this night scene, Florence Nightingale is shown on her inspection rounds of the cramped wards of the hospital at Scutari during the Crimean War (1854-1856). In what was to become an iconic image of her, Miss Nightingale is seen holding a lamp in her hand.

A history of army nursing: 1854-1918

  • 12 May 2017 11:30am-12:30pm

Professor Christine Hallett traces the history of army nursing from the Crimean War until the end of the First World War.

To mark International Nurses Day, Christine will chart the development of the official military nursing services in Britain. Starting with Florence Nightingale’s initial efforts in the Crimean War, she will continue through to the creation of nursing services during the Boer War and the First World War.

She will also draw comparisons with similar nursing services in the US military and the Commonwealth, as well as the emergence of the largely voluntary Red Cross.

Christine Hallett is Professor of Nursing History at The University of Manchester.

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/history-army-nursing-1854-1918

Girl looking at a photoalbum

ID your stuff

  • 15 May 2017 2-3pm

Have you had some medals passed down to you and want to know how to care for them? Are you struggling to identify a relative’s regiment from a photograph? Do you want to start researching your family history?

Museum staff will be on hand to answer your questions at our free identification workshop.

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/id-your-stuff

Warrington Road, 1917

Art and the army

  • 17 May 2017 7-8pm

Taking inspiration from our War Paint exhibition, an expert panel will discuss how art, historically and today, influences public perceptions of the army.

Artists have used the army as a subject for hundreds of years, for numerous reasons. Their works have influenced public opinion about the army - sometimes glorifying battles and romanticising soldiering, or revealing the human suffering and reality of warfare.

In conjunction with our War Paint exhibition, we’re bringing together a panel of experts to discuss how public opinion is shaped by artistic representations of the army and conflict.

Panellists
Victoria Syme-Taylor (chair): Senior Lecturer, Defence Studies Department, King’s College, London
David Cotterell: British artist; Professor of Fine Art, University of Brighton
Gabriel Koureas: Senior Lecturer, Department of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London
Christy Lange: American writer and art critic, Associate Editor of frieze magazine

Admission

Tickets: £10.00
Concessions: £7.50

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/art-and-army

Private Curley sits at the hotel reception desk, flanked by two NCOs of the Royal Horse Artillery, Troop Sergeant-Major (TSM) Smith and Sergeant Holmes. Ready for duty, she wears the M1952 flak jacket with the British first pattern protective cover into which she has tucked her anti-riot baton. On the wall behind hang a further three batons, as well as a pistolholster and webbing. Notwithstanding the artist’s inscription, the red neck-cloth and peaked cap could indicate that she is a military policewoman. If so, she would have been at least a lance-corporal, the lowest rank in the Corps of Royal Military Police.

Exploring the Women's Royal Army Corps collection

  • 19 May 2017 11:30am-12:30pm

Dr Alastair Massie shares fascinating stories from the Women’s Royal Army Corps collection.

On 1 February 1949 the Women's Royal Army Corps (WRAC) was founded, allowing women to serve in a wide range of army roles. After the WRAC disbanded in 1992, the National Army Museum took over its collection.

Join Alastair as he draws on official documentation, photographs and other personal items to share fascinating stories from the archive.

Dr Alastair Massie is the Head of Academic Access at the National Army Museum.

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/exploring-womens-royal-army-corps-collection

This view is the earliest known eyewitness representation of the landscape of Niagara Falls on the border of what is now Canada and the United States.

Niagara through the eyes of a military artist

  • 26 May 2017 11:30am-12:30pm

Felicity Myrone tells the story behind one of the earliest representations of Niagara Falls.

Thomas Davies was a captain in the Royal Artillery tasked with surveying the region around the Niagara River. In 1762 he painted 'An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara, British America', a watercolour which features in our War Paint exhibition. It is the earliest known eyewitness representation of Niagara Falls.

Felicity will share Thomas's story and delve further into late 18th-century exploration, science, and military enterprise.

Felicity Myrone is Lead Curator of Western Prints and Drawings at the British Library.

Admission

Free
Bookingis recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/niagara-through-eyes-military-artist

comic

Make your own comic

  • 27 May — 4 June 2017

To mark 100 years since the formation of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, the National Army Museum has created a graphic novel, Ministry of Women, featuring the stories of women who have served in the army.

Join our hands-on workshop where you can learn how to draw one of the graphic novel's characters - army code breaker Betty - explore the objects used to inspire the novel, and make your own code!

Session times
We have five 45-minute sessions every day during the May half-term. Book early to guarantee a space.

10.30am - 11.15am
11.30am - 12.15pm
1.15pm - 2pm
2.15pm - 3pm
3.15pm - 4pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended.

women reading

Book Club: The Last Mughal

  • 31 May 2017 7-8pm

Come along and meet new people at an entertaining and informative evening of lively discussion. Explore our book of the month and unpack current issues, historical events and popular fiction through recent book releases related to the British Army.

This month we will be discussing William Dalrymple’s book The Last Mughal: The Fall of Delhi, 1857.

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month, from 7pm to 8pm. Refreshments are available from 6.30pm.

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/book-club-last-mughal

Hands-on War Paint

Hands-on War Paint: Repetition

  • 31 May 2017 7-8pm

Be inspired by our War Paint exhibition by getting creative in this hands-on workshop exploring the use of repetition in art.

During this workshop, we’ll be examining ‘Repetition’ (2005) by Gerald Laing, one of the paintings featured in our War Paint exhibition.

We’ll begin with a discussion about the painting, exploring the presentation of the artwork, its historical and political context, and an introduction to the design of camouflage.

We’ll then use a print-making technique to create a repetitive/camouflage design inspired by Laing’s piece or by a section within another painting of the exhibition.

All levels are welcome. Materials will be provided. The workshop runs from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Admission

Tickets: £5.00
25% Student discount (with valid ID).

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/hands-war-paint-repetition

A view of a group of paras on foot patrol down a ruined street on the Falklands, 1982.

Britain and the Falklands War: 35 years on

  • 2 June 2017 11:30am-12:30pm

Dr Peter Johnston looks back on the Falklands War and discusses how the lessons learnt from it can be applied today.

In 1982, Britain found itself in a war against an unexpected enemy in an unexpected place. To mark its 35th anniversary, Peter will examine the Falklands War as a short, sharp conflict, waged over a mere 74 days. But he will also demonstrate its enormous impact on Britain, in both military, social and political terms.

Dr Peter Johnston is the Collections Development and Review Manager for the National Army Museum.

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/britain-and-falklands-war-35-years

A member of the West Indies Auxiliary Territorial Service

Women soldiers tour

  • 3 June 2017 2:30-3pm

In 1917 the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was founded. This was the first time women could join the army outside of nursing roles. Since then there have been a number of developments for women in the army, culminating in last year's lifting of the ban on women in combat roles.

Join us for a 30-minute guided tour of the galleries exploring the theme of women in the army.

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/women-soldiers-tour-1

henry percy

Waterloo Messenger: The life of Henry Percy

  • 7 June 2017 6:30-7:30pm

Using archives in England and France, Colonel Sir William Mahon has reconstructed in a vivid new biography the life of Henry Percy, the officer who delivered to London the news of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo.

William will discuss Percy’s vivid wartime experiences, his enduring friendships and his liaison with the French woman who bore him a son during his time as a prisoner of war. There will be a drinks reception and book signing after the talk.

Colonel Sir William Mahon served in the Irish Guards and around the world. Having visited Waterloo many times, his boyhood interest in the Peninsular and Waterloo campaigns was rejuvenated by his attaché service in Spain.

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/waterloo-messenger-life-henry-percy

Mutineers about to be blown from guns by the Bengal Horse Artillery, 1858.

Indian Mutiny: The devil's wind

  • 9 June 2017 11:30am-12:30pm

Jasdeep Singh explores the causes, impact and legacy of the Indian Mutiny of 1857.

Last year the Bank of England issued a new polymer £5 note containing traces of animal fat. Despite some protests, the Bank is to retain the new note. 160 years ago, cartridges greased with pig and cow fat issued to Indian soldiers triggered the most brutal period in British Indian history, culminating in massacres and bloody war.

The Mutiny resulted in a drastic change in the relationship between Britain and India. Jasdeep will explore how the effects of the period were felt much further afield, asking many questions about loyalty, empire and independence.

Jasdeep Singh is a Community Curator at the National Army Museum.

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/indian-mutiny-devils-wind

Women Soldiers

Feminism Late

  • 14 June 2017 6:30-9:30pm

At our first ever late opening, we’re exploring whether feminism has been good for the army. Discover a range of opinions and share your own.

100 years ago, women were able to join the army for the first time. In 2016, the ban on women in combat roles was lifted. Can these developments for women in the army be attributed to feminism?

At our first ever late, we’ll be exploring a wide range of views, discussing real-life experiences of women in the army, and tracking the development of feminist thought alongside developments for women in the army.

Refreshments will be available to purchase on the night.

Programme:

Real experiences of women in the army
6.30pm - 9pm
Bethan Targett, WRAC Association members

Has feminism been good for the army?
7.15pm - 8pm and 8.15pm - 9pm
Sarah Ditum, Sam Smethers, Lucy Noakes, Elisabeth Shipton

Did the First World War win women the vote?
7pm - 7.45pm and 8.15pm - 9pm
Talk by Elizabeth Crawford

Exploring feminist thought
6.30pm - 9pm
With representatives from: Fawcett Society, Women's Institute, Feminism in London, What Women Want 2.0, The Women’s Library at LSE

Hours:
Doors open at 6.30pm for access to the Café, Shop and galleries.
The programme finishes at 9.15pm.
Doors close at 9.30pm.

Admission

Tickets: £12.00
Concessions: £9

Website

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

Stereoscopic photograph: 'Leaving for a night raid at Messines into the inky darkness of 'No Man's Land''.

The Battle of Messines

  • 16 June 2017 11:30am-12:30pm

John Sadler examines the impact of new tactics used during this significant First World War battle.

The Battle of Messines began 100 years ago, marking a turning point on the Western Front. John looks at how lessons learnt from the Battle of the Somme, led the British to victory. He will also explore how new artillery tactics, detailed planning and training, and the extensive use of mines, produced a dramatic and successful outcome.

John Sadler is a historian who has been writing and teaching about the Western Front for nearly 30 years.

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/battle-messines

Battle by Jules George

War Paint guest tour: Jules George

  • 21 June 2017 6:30-7:30pm

During this special one-hour tour, Jules George will take you around the WarPaint exhibition and discuss what it’s like to be a war artist.

Jules George has extensive experience as a war artist. In February 2010 he visited Afghanistan, officially sanctioned and sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. Subsequently, he has made trips to sea with the Royal Navy on operational deployments to the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Falkland Islands and Atlantic.

Admission

Admission: £12.00
Concessions: £9.00

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/war-paint-guest-tour-jules-george

Hannah Snell, The Female Soldier.

Gender and violence: Picturing the woman warrior

  • 23 June 2017 11:30am-12:30pm

Join Dr Sue Malvern as she traces the history of female fighters depicted in art, from the Amazons to the present day.

Throughout history, war and fighting have been associated with men. However, women have always been involved in fighting.

From the Amazons to contemporary artistic representations of military women, Sue will look back at the history of female fighters, showing that the woman warrior has an undeniable place in artistic imagery over time.

Dr Sue Malvern is a professor and author, specialising in modern and contemporary art, and war and gender.

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/gender-and-violence-picturing-woman-warrior

Women weapons training, kneeling in firing position with Sterling sub machine guns.

Women and the army: 100 years of progress?

  • 24 June 2017 9am-5pm

It’s 100 years since women were first allowed to perform roles within the British Army other than nursing. In light of this, we’re holding a conference to examine the evolution of women’s service in the military.

2017 is the ideal time for examining women’s involvement in the British military. It’s the 100th anniversary of women being able to enlist into non-nursing branches of the army. It’s also the 25th anniversary of the disbandment of the Women’s Royal Army Corps, which resulted in female soldiers being absorbed into the army as a whole. And just last year, women became eligible to serve in combat roles for the first time.

To mark these important milestones, the National Army Museum is holding a conference to review decades of debate around the role of women in the military, and to consider the roles they might perform in the future.

The conference will cover all aspects of women’s military service from 1917 to the present day, whether historical, operational, political, sociological or philosophical.

Admission

Admission: £45.00
Concessions: £33.75

Ticket price includes refreshments and lunch. Any dietary requirements should be emailed to info@nam.ac.uk.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/women-and-army-100-years-progress

women reading

Book Club: An Officer and a Gentlewoman

  • 28 June 2017 7-8pm

Come along and meet new people at an entertaining and informative evening of lively discussion. Explore our book of the month and unpack current issues, historical events and popular fiction through recent book releases related to the British Army.

This month we will be discussing Heloise Goodley’s book An Officer and a Gentlewoman.

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month, from 7pm to 8pm. Refreshments are available from 6.30pm.

Admission

Free

pens and pencils

Hands-on War Paint: Mark-making

  • 28 June 2017 7-8:30pm

During this workshop we’ll be examining ‘A Trench at Loos’ (1915) by Lieutenant Arthur Royce Bradbury, one of the paintings featured in our War Paint exhibition.

We’ll begin with a discussion about the painting, exploring the presentation of the artwork, its historical and political context, and an introduction to the use of mark-making in art.

We’ll then use mark-making techniques, learning about the use of textures, marks, lines and dots to make your own drawing or painting.

All levels are welcome. Materials will be provided. The workshop runs from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Admission: £5.00
25% Student discount (with valid ID).

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/hands-war-paint-mark-making

Jewish refugee from Nazi-occupied Europe joins the fight against fascism

Jewish refugees in the British Army

  • 30 June 2017 11:30am-12:30pm

Kathrin Pierin brings to life the experiences of Jewish refugees who joined the British Army during the Second World War.

Thousands of Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe decided to join the fight against fascism by joining the British Army. To mark Refugee Week, Kathrin will bring to life some of their extraordinary stories of courage and defiance using images, memories and objects.

Kathrin Pierin is collections manager and curator of social and military history at the Jewish Museum London.

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/jewish-refugees-british-army

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)

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

Website

www.nam.ac.uk

E-mail

Hospitality

events@nam.ac.uk

Education

edu@nam.ac.uk

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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