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

  • 19 November 2017 From 2:30pm

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

A member of the West Indies Auxiliary Territorial Service

Women soldiers tour

  • 2 December 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

Archive shelves

Archives weekend: Behind the scenes tours

  • 18 November 2017 From 11am, From 4pm *on now

Have you ever wondered what an archive looks like? Join our Study Centre manager, Robert Fleming, as he reveals some of the hidden treasures in our archives and explains how they are catalogued and stored. He’ll also give you some tips on how to look after your precious items at home.

Tours take place at 11am and 2pm.

Admission

FREE

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:90

A child drawing at a workshop

Archives weekend: Archive detectives

  • 18 November 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-4pm *on now
  • 19 November 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-4pm

Become a detective and take part in our family workshop, uncovering some artefacts and stories from the museum’s archives. Can you put all the pieces together to solve the puzzle?

Open all weekend. Drop in from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm.

Admission

FREE

A National Army Museum flyer

Archive Weekend: Treasures from the institutional archives

  • 19 November 2017 From 2pm

Penny shares stories and images tucked away in the museum’s institutional archives, spanning from the 1960s to the present day.

Admission

FREE

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:89

Sevastopol's Wars book cover

Sevastopol's Wars: Crimea from Potemkin to Putin

  • 24 November 2017 From 11:30am

Founded by Catherine the Great, the maritime city of Sevastopol has been fought over for centuries. Crucial battles of the Crimean War (1854-56) were fought on the hills surrounding the city, and the memory of this stalwart defence inspired those who battled the Germans during the Second World War (1939-45).

Award-winning author Mungo Melvin will explore how Sevastopol became a crucible of conflict in three major wars - the Crimean War, the Russian Civil War (1919-23) and the Second World War.

Admission

FREE

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:91

Nurses of Passchendaele book cover

Book Club: The Nurses of Passchendaele

  • 29 November 2017 From 6:30pm

Explore our book of the month and unpack current issues, historical events and popular fiction through recent 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

Admission

FREE

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:92

First World War artillery gun

Communications and the Battle of Cambrai

  • 1 December 2017 From 11:30am

Although a strategic failure, the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 heralded tactical and operational methods that foreshadowed not only some of the war-winning techniques employed by the British Army in August-November 1918, but also elements of the initial German campaigns of the Second World War.

Brian Hall examines the battle from the perspective of communications, assessing its influence upon the fighting and, ultimately, upon the British Army’s learning process.

Admission

FREE

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:93

Recce Racers

Christmas recce racers

  • 2 — 3 December 2017 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 9 — 10 December 2017 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 16 — 24 December 2017
  • 26 — 31 December 2017
  • 2 — 7 January 2018

At this family activity you’ll discover how the army uses vehicles for its reconnaissance missions. Have a go at making your own rubber-band powered vehicle and see how fast it will go on our track. Will your time be the one to beat?

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

No booking is required.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/recce-racers

An army dental surgery

Dental services in the British Army, 1914-18

  • 8 December 2017 From 11:30am

At the outbreak of the First World War there was insufficient dental provision for serving military personnel. However, the pain of toothache and the inability to chew food was debilitating and demoralising for the British soldier. This talk will explore the state of the nation’s teeth and the treatments available at the time.

Admission

FREE

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:94

Abram Games

The life and work of Abram Games

  • 15 December 2017 From 11:30am

Abram Games was one of the 20th century’s most innovative and important graphic designers. He produced some of Britain’s most enduring images, which are a now a fascinating record of social history.

During the Second World War he was uniquely appointed Official War Poster Artist. It was Games’s personal philosophy of 'maximum meaning, minimum means' that gave his works their distinctive conceptual and visual quality.

Admission

FREE

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:95

The West End Front: The Wartime Secrets of London's Grand Hotels

The West End Front: The Wartime Secrets of London's Grand Hotels

  • 20 December 2017 From 6:30pm

December’s Book of the Month is The Wartime Secrets of London’s Grand Hotels by Matthew Sweet.

Sweet draws a sumptuous, witty and eye-opening history of the Ritz, the Savoy, the Dorchester and Claridge's - and the eccentrics, stars, aristocrats and criminals living in London's grand hotels during the Blitz.

Explore our book of the month and unpack current issues, historical events and popular fiction through recent book releases related to the British Army.

Complimentary snacks and wine are served from 6.30pm.

Admission

FREE

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:96

Women at war

Women at war

  • 22 December 2017 11:30am-12:30pm

Chelsea Pensioner, John Carbis, will discuss the experiences of three female out-pensioners in the 17th and 18th centuries : Hannah Snell, Dr James ‘Miranda’ Stuart Barry and Christian Davies.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Booking is recommended.

Website

http://Chelsea Pensioner, John Carbis, will discuss the experiences of three female out-pensioners in the 17th and 18th centuries : Hannah Snell, Dr James ‘Miranda’ Stuart Barry and Christian Davies.

Army gallery tour

Security and the army tour

  • 6 January 2018 2pm-2:30am

Take a free guided tour around the galleries exploring the topic of security and the army on the first Saturday of every month at 2.00pm.

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

  • Family friendly

Admission

FREE
Booking is recommended.

Website

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

The Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Collection

he Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Collection

  • 12 January 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

The Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Collection is a comprehensive set of books and pamphlets written in French on the subjects of the Second World War, the Occupation and the liberation, from 1944 to 1947.

Curator, Sophie Defrance, will highlight some of the treasures of the collection, particularly drawing on the voices of women.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:104

Recce racers late

Recce racers late

  • 17 January 2018 6-9pm

Test your observation skills on a recce of the museum, make a rubber-band-powered car to take home, and compete to make the best army vehicle out of a box of bricks.

We recommend that you come as a team. There are prizes for the winners!

Cash bar open all evening.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free
Booking is recommended.

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:107

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

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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