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

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

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.
Far East prisoner-of-war memoirs

Far East prisoner-of-war memoirs

  • 19 January 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

This talk will consider the memoirs of British prisoners of war of the Japanese - known as Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOWs) - and how their recollections may have been reshaped and distorted over time.

Lauren Cantillon presents evidence to suggest that the individual memory of many FEPOWs was eventually submerged by a 'collective' memory.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:106

Separated by war and genocide: Stories from the Wiener Library

Separated by war and genocide: Stories from the Wiener Library

  • 26 January 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

For Holocaust Memorial Day 2018, Dr Barbara Warnock of The Wiener Library, London, will give an illustrated talk drawn from the library’s rich collections of archival materials on Jewish refugees from Nazism.

She will use personal documents to tell the stories of some of those whose families were separated by fascism and war, including the story of a German-Jewish refugee who served in the British Army, and his father, trapped in Nazi-occupied Europe.

The Wiener Library, originally founded in 1933, is Britain’s national archive on the Holocaust. The library collects materials on the Nazi era, the Holocaust and other genocides.

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:105

Woman in book club

Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors

  • 31 January 2018 6:30-8pm

This month we will be discussing Curry: A tale of cooks and conquerors by Lizzie Collingham.

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

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month, from 7pm to 8pm. Complimentary snacks and wine are served from 6.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:102

Sgt Morris 1st Battalion Royal Welsh regiment

Soldiery preview

  • 31 January 2018 6-8pm

Portraitist Rory Lewis’s latest project, Soldiery, is a study of the British Army, taking inspiration from a selection of great historical painters.

Rory's aim was to capture the 21st-century army’s historical character and its proud legacy of diversity.

After the talk, there will be an opportunity to view the photographic display.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:108

The French invasion scare and the literature of fear in Britain, 1791-1805

‘The French invasion scare and the literature of fear in Britain, 1797-1805’

  • 2 February 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

Focusing on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 1798 poem ‘Fears in Solitude’, this talk will explore the ways in which feelings of fear, anxiety and terror were evoked at the prospect of a French invasion of Britain. Some pamphlets were funded by royalist associations to encourage volunteering among the masses, while others challenged this fearmongering.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:113

Security and the army tour

Security and the army tour

  • 3 February 2018 From 2pm
  • 3 March 2018 From 2pm
  • 7 April 2018 From 2pm
  • 5 May 2018 From 2pm
  • 2 June 2018 From 2pm

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

Does violence win rights? Militant suffrage and the vote

Does violence win rights? Militant suffrage and the vote

  • 7 February 2018 From 6:30pm

As we mark 100 years of the Representation of the People Act, we’re bringing together a panel of experts to discuss whether violence can win rights, drawing on the militant suffrage campaign, and other examples of violent and non-violent campaigns.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:110

The secret life go propaganda

The secret life of propaganda posters

  • 9 February 2018 From 11:30am

During the Second World War both the government and people were wary of propaganda, which was seen as totalitarian, un-British and tainted by its role in the First World War. Sources as diverse as London Transport and Bovril produced advertising aimed at rousing the national spirit, but the biggest source was the army, which arguably produced some of the best-known and most controversial images of the war.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:111

Navigation challenge

Navigation challenge

  • 10 — 18 February 2018

Using a variety of craft materials and navigation skills, join us this half-term to create a map and a compass to navigate it with. Design mountains, rivers and seas. Imagine new species of weird and wonderful creatures and draw them a new home.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free
Booking is not required

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/navigation-challenge

Returning soldiers, citizenship and the vote during the First World War

Returning soldiers, citizenship and the vote during the First World War

  • 16 February 2018 From 11:30am

During the First World War some 5,700,000 men passed through the ranks of the British armed forces. Although they were often described as ‘citizen soldiers’, many of these men had never been eligible to vote in a Parliamentary election. This talk explores how the experience of war changed British understandings of political citizenship – for both men and women – and brought soldiers into parliamentary politics in new and important ways.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:115

LGBTQ+ experiences in the army

LGBTQ+ experiences in the army

  • 21 February 2018 From 6:30pm

Eighteen years ago the ban on gay and lesbian citizens serving in the army was lifted. We’ve partnered with the Army LGBT Forum to bring together a panel of serving and veteran LGBTQ+ personnel to speak about their army experiences. We’ll ask them some questions, and then we’ll open it up to the audience.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5
Concessions £3.75

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:112

Book Club: Flashman, Sharpe and Harvey: Fictional British Army heroes

Book Club: Flashman, Sharpe and Harvey: Fictional British Army heroes

  • 28 February 2018 From 6:30pm

This month we will be discussing some well-known fictional British Army heroes – Flashman, Sharpe and Harvey. Come along and meet new people at an entertaining and informative evening of lively discussion unpacking current issues, historical events and popular fiction through book releases related to the British Army. The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month, from 7pm to 8pm. Complimentary snacks and wine are served from 6.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:109

Public Events – ‘Eve in Khaki': Women and the British Army, 1917-48

'Eve in Khaki': Women and the British Army, 1917-48

  • 2 March 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

Women in khaki played a key role in Britain in both world wars. From the formation of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1917 to the creation of the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1938, women worked alongside men in the British Army. They undertook a range of support roles that 'freed men for the front', and also assumed responsibility for roles close to, or at the front line themselves.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:120

Security and the army tour

Security and the army tour

  • 3 March — 1 December 2018

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

Inspired by Civilisations: Object Journeys

Inspired by Civilisations: Object Journeys

  • 3 March 2018 11am-12:30pm

We’re taking part in the BBC's Civilisations Festival exploring the visual culture of societies from around the globe through object stories.

Get hands on with our collection and discover some of the physical journeys that our objects have been on and how our understanding of them has changed. Join in with conversations around identity, beauty, innovation, ingenuity and cultural values.

Free workshop suitable for age 12+

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:116

Kipling’s ‘The Eyes of Asia’

Kipling’s ‘The Eyes of Asia’

  • 7 March 2018 6-7:30pm

To mark the release of a new centennial edition of ‘The Eyes of Asia’, Charles Allen will explore Kipling’s fascinating collection of ‘letters’ telling the story of four Indian soldiers - a veteran Rajput, a convalescing Sikh, a Muslim Pathan sharpshooter and a Punjabi Muslim cavalryman - as they confronted the horrors of the First World War.

Through unofficial access to translations of scores of intercepted Indian Army letters, Kipling gained an intimate understanding of the plight of men long neglected in Western literature. To Kipling, they were unsung heroes whose sacrifices had made a decisive impact on the British war effort.

Delicious Indian refreshments will be provided.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free, booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:123

Researching women and the military

Researching women and the military

  • 9 March 2018 2-5pm

Our mini research symposium on women and the military marks this year’s International Women’s Day and continues the museum’s work from last year exploring the centenary of the founding of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. Historians from around the UK will present their current research on women and the military.

Karen Mailey Watt
The female designers of First World War memorials in Scotland.

Nicole Cassie
“There were no women in Vietnam’: remembering the combat nurses who served during the Vietnam War

Nina Wardleworth
The French-Caribbean women of the French army during the Second World War.

Fiona Foster
Medical women as ‘combatants without weapons’ on the fronts of the First World War.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:121

“A Bloodless Victory”: The Battle of New Orleans in history and memory

“A Bloodless Victory”: The Battle of New Orleans in history and memory

  • 9 March 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

Once widely celebrated by Americans, the anniversary of the United States’ defeat of a British army outside of New Orleans on 8 January 1815 is now largely forgotten on both sides of the Atlantic.

By analysing 200 years of music, literature, theatre, and film, Joseph Stoltz explores how generations of Americans revised the memory of the conflict to fit their political, cultural, and social needs.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:118

 Operation Telic, 15 years on

Operation Telic, 15 years on

  • 16 March 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

Operation Telic is the name for the British deployment in Iraq which began in 2003.

Ben Barry will analyse British military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan following the '9/11' terrorist attacks on the United States. He will explain why success often proved elusive as a result of failings in strategy, tactics and military adaptation. Finally, he will discuss the lasting impact of these difficult wars on the UK armed forces.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:119

Special Forces: Break the code

Special Forces: Break the code

  • 17 — 18 March 2018 10:30am-4:30pm

To mark the opening of our new exhibition Special Forces: Out of the Shadows, test your thinking skills, search the museum for clues and crack our code. Will you discover the secret?

Free, drop in.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop in

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

Special Forces: Out of the Shadows

  • 17 March — 18 November 2018

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

Special Forces: The Originals

Special Forces: The Originals

  • 23 March 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

Justin Saddington will discuss the founding fathers of the UK special forces. He will explore the daring exploits of these intrepid mavericks and examine how they developed a new form of warfare.

Justin is one of the curators of the National Army Museum’s ‘Special Forces: In the Shadows’ exhibition.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:124

Book Club: Train to Nowhere

Book Club: Train to Nowhere

  • 28 March 2018 6:30-8pm

This month we will be discussing Anita Leslie’s ‘Train to Nowhere’, a war memoir seen through the sardonic eyes of a funny and vivacious young woman who reports on her experiences with a dry humour, finding the absurd alongside the tragic.

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

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month, from 7pm to 8pm. Complimentary snacks and wine are served from 6.30pm.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free, booking is required

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:125

The British Army and its Intelligence Corps, 1904-1940

The British Army and its Intelligence Corps, 1904-1940

  • 30 March 2018 From 11:30am

After their experiences in the South African war the British Expeditionary Force took a small Intelligence Corps to France in 1914. Consisting initially of a handful of police detectives and some civilian linguists hastily put into uniform, it later grew to a thousand personnel spread across most headquarters. Similar corps were also formed in Britain, Egypt, Salonika, Egypt, and Italy. But the Intelligence Corps’ status was precarious and, in spite of sterling work, at the end of the war they were dissolved. This talk considers the rise and fall of this unusual organisation and its subsequent re-birth in the summer of 1940.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:117

Jungle survival skills

Jungle survival skills

  • 30 March — 15 April 2018

Imagine you’re in the jungle, surrounded by tall trees, critters scuttling over the floor, and rain falling. How do you survive? Find out at our Easter holiday family activity.

Free and drop in.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop in
10:30-12:30pm
1:30-4:30pm

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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