National Army Museum

National Army Museum
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PLEASE NOTE: The National Army Museum is now closed to prepare for redevelopment.
Find out more on the Building for the Future site www.nam.ac.uk/Future

Discover the impact the British 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.
The National Army Museum tells the story of the British, Indian Army up to 1947 and the Commonwealth armies. The Museum’s Collection spans 400 years and holds over a million items, from a lamp used by Florence Nightingale to personal photographs taken by soldiers in the World Wars and has a wealth of fascinating, dramatic and poignant stories to tell. To discover more about the Museum’s Collection and its remarkable stories, please visit: www.nam.ac.uk

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

The National Army Museum is now closed to prepare for redevelopment.
Find out more on the Building for the Future site www.nam.ac.uk/Future

Admission charges

FREE

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.

Your Country Calls: Enlistment to Embarkation

  • 24 June 2014 — 8 May 2015 *on now

In partnership with Step Short and Folkestone Town Council

Discover the journey undertaken by millions of men during the First World War as they left their civilian lives to take up arms and answer their country’s call.

Explore the crucial role Folkestone played as a refuge for the thousands of Belgians who fled the German war machine. Their plight touched the British nation and prompted many men to join the war effort.

This fascinating exhibition draws on the rich Collection of the National Army Museum along with local artefacts and stories to explore how Folkestone became a gateway between Britain and the rest of Europe.

Where

Folkestone Town Hall
1-2 Guildhall Street
Folkestone
Kent
CT20 1DY

Your Country Calls: Enlistment to Embarkation

Your Country Calls: Enlistment to Embarkation

  • 24 June 2014 — 8 May 2015 *on now

In partnership with Step Short and Folkestone Town Council.

Discover the journey undertaken by millions of men during the First World War as they left their civilian lives to take up arms and answer their country’s call.
Explore the crucial role Folkestone played as a refuge for the thousands of Belgians who fled the German war machine. Their plight touched the British nation and prompted many men to join the war effort.
This fascinating exhibition draws on the rich Collection of the National Army Museum along with local artefacts and stories to explore how Folkestone became a gateway between Britain and the rest of Europe.

An accompanying programme of talks, object handling sessions and live performances inspired by the exhibition will also be taking place

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Folkestone Town Hall
The Town Hall
1-2 Guildhall Street
Folkestone
Kent
CT20 1DY

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/first-world-war-activities/your-country-calls-enlistment-embarkation

Piece Makers

  • 14 January — 27 June 2015 *on now

Starting work on the project in 2012, Stockwell was commissioned by the NAM to explore interconnected themes of the Army, conflict and rehabilitation. Collaborating through a series of art workshops with soldiers from two UK recovery centres - Tedworth House in the garrison town of Tidworth, and Stoll in Fulham - the artist encouraged participants to use drawing, sewing and quilting to unlock memories and accounts of soldiering and recovery within these themes.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Fusilier Museum
Moss Street
Bury
Lancashire
BL9 0DF

Admission

Monday – Friday, 10.00 – 17.00. Saturday, 10.00 – 16.00.

Adult £4.95, Concessions £3.95, Children £3.95.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/press/piece-makers-exhibition-visits-fusilier-museum-bury

Waterloo Lives: The Defence of Hougoumont Farm

  • 24 February — 28 November 2015 *on now

To commemorate the bicentenary of Waterloo, the National Army Museum have partnered with The Guards Museum on a temporary exhibition which looks at how the Battle was fought and won. Rarely seen objects from NAM will feature alongside The Guards Museum's permanent collections to tell the stories of the regiments, the soldiers, their families and the legacy they left behind.

Where

The Guards Museum
Wellington Barracks
Birdcage Walk
London
SW1E 6HQ

Admission

Open Monday to Sunday, 10.00 to 16.00

Adult - £5,
Child - free
Con. - £2.50

Waterloo Lives: The Gordon Highlanders

  • 24 February — 28 November 2015 *on now

To commemorate the bicentenary of Waterloo, the National Army Museum have partnered with The Gordon Highlanders Museum on a temporary exhibition which looks at how the Battle was fought and won. Rarely seen objects from NAM will feature alongside The Gordon Highlanders' permanent collections to tell the stories of the regiments, the soldiers, their families and the legacy they left behind.

Where

The Gordon Highlanders Museum
St Luke’s, Viewfield Road,
Aberdeen
AB15 7XH

Admission

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 to 16.00

Adult - £6.65
Child - £3.33
Con. - £4.75

Waterloo Lives

  • 21 April — 4 July 2015 *on now

To commemorate the bicentenary of Waterloo, the National Army Museum have partnered with Somerset Military Museum on a temporary exhibition which looks at how the Battle was fought and won. Rarely seen objects from NAM will feature alongside Somerset Military Museum's permanent collections to tell the stories of the regiments, the soldiers, their families and the legacy they left behind.

Where

Somerset Military Museum
Taunton Castle
Castle Green
Taunton
TA1 4AA

Admission

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 to 16.00

Admission Free

Waterloo Lives: Wellington’s Redcoats

  • 2 May — 25 July 2015 *on now

To commemorate the bicentenary of Waterloo, the National Army Museum have partnered with The Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum on a temporary exhibition which looks at how the Battle was fought and won. Rarely seen objects from NAM will feature alongside The Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum's permanent collections to tell the stories of the regiments, the soldiers, their families and the legacy they left behind.

Where

The Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum
Bankfield Museum
Akroyd Park
Halifax
West Yorkshire
HX3 6HG

Admission

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 to 16.00


Admission Free

Waterloo Lives: The Black Watch

  • 15 May — 30 October 2015

To commemorate the bicentenary of Waterloo, the National Army Museum have partnered with The Black Watch Castle and Museum on a temporary exhibition which looks at how the Battle was fought and won. Rarely seen objects from NAM will feature alongside Black Watch Museum's permanent collections to tell the stories of the regiments, the soldiers, their families and the legacy they left behind.

Where

The Black Watch Castle and Museum
Balhousie Castle
Hay Street
Perth
PH1 5HR

Admission

Open Monday to Saturday, 9.30 to 17.00. Sunday 10.00 to 16.00.

Adult - £7.50
Child - £3.50
Con. - £6.00

Waterloo Lives: The Battle for Honour

  • 1 June — 30 November 2015

To commemorate the bicentenary of Waterloo, the National Army Museum have partnered with Firing Line Museum in Cardiff on a temporary exhibition which looks at how the Battle was fought and won. Rarely seen objects from NAM will feature alongside Firing Line's permanent collections to tell the stories of the regiments, the soldiers, their families and the legacy they left behind.

Where

Firing Line - Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier
Interpretation Centre
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff
CF10 2RB

Admission

Open Monday to Sunday, 9.00 to 18.00.

Tickets must be bought for the castle for entry to the museum.

Adult - £12
Child - £9
Con. - £10.50

Waterloo Lives: The Story Behind The Painting

  • 6 June — 24 October 2015

To commemorate the bicentenary of Waterloo, the National Army Museum have partnered with The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum on a temporary exhibition which looks at how the Battle was fought and won. Rarely seen objects from NAM will feature alongside The Williamson's permanent collections to tell the stories of the regiments, the soldiers, their families and the legacy they left behind.

Where

The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum
Slatey Road
Birkenhead
CH43 4UE

Admission

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 to 17.00.

Admission Free.

Waterloo Lives: Relics and Remembrance

  • 6 June — 24 October 2015

To commemorate the bicentenary of Waterloo, the National Army Museum have partnered with The Victoria Gallery and Museum in Liverpool on a temporary exhibition which looks at how the Battle was fought and won. Rarely seen objects from NAM will feature alongside The Victoria Museum's permanent collections to tell the stories of the regiments, the soldiers, their families and the legacy they left behind.

Where

The Victoria Gallery and Museum
Ashton Street
Liverpool
Merseyside
L69 3DR

Admission

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 to 17.00.
Admission 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.
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Waterloo Lives Pop Up Pub

  • 9 May 2015 10am-5pm

Did you know that pubs in the UK are named after the Duke of Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo because many returning veterans became publicans? In honour of this tradition the Museum has created its own family-friendly pop-up pub to tour the country, delivering pints of knowledge about the Battle along its way.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Woolshops shopping centre
30 Woolshops
Halifax
West Yorkshire
HX1 1RU

Website

http://waterloo200.org/waterloolives

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Waterloo Lives Pop Up Pub

  • 16 May 2015 10am-5pm

Did you know that pubs in the UK are named after the Duke of Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo because many returning veterans became publicans? In honour of this tradition the Museum has created its own family-friendly pop-up pub to tour the country, delivering pints of knowledge about the Battle along its way.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Taunton Castle
Castle Green
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 4AA

Website

http://waterloo200.org/waterloolives

The Hidden Perspectives: The Military Conversations 1906-1914, Lord David Owen

  • 21 May 2015 From 8pm

Focusing on the military and diplomatic conversations that took place in the run up to the First World War, Lord Owen will talk about hidden perspectives and his conclusion, as a former Foreign Secretary, that the carnage of the First World War was avoidable and that war could have been prevented or stopped much earlier.

Where

The Army and Navy Club
The Army and Navy Club, 39 Pall Mall, London
SW1Y 5JN

Admission

Bookings for the Celebrity Speakers can be made online at nam.ac.uk or via the ticket hotline on 020 7881 6600. Standard tickets are available for £10.00. SOFNAM, Students, Military and Senior tickets are available for £7.50. Proof of ID is required when collecting tickets. Concessions can only be booked via the ticket hotline.

The Army & Navy Club offer a two-course dinner in their Coffee Room fine dining restaurant before each talk. Combined 'Dinner & Talk' bookings can only be made by calling 020 7881 6600. Standard tickets are available for £32.50 and concessions for £30.00.

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Waterloo Lives Pop Up Pub

  • 28 May 2015 10am-5pm

Did you know that pubs in the UK are named after the Duke of Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo because many returning veterans became publicans? In honour of this tradition the Museum has created its own family-friendly pop-up pub to tour the country, delivering pints of knowledge about the Battle along its way.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Liverpool One Shopping Centre
Paradise Place
Liverpool
Merseyside
L1 8BQ

Website

http://waterloo200.org/waterloolives

Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall

The Hundred Days: Napoleon's Road from Elba to Waterloo, Mark Adkin

  • 11 June 2015 From 12:30pm

This talk will cover the period from Napoleon's night time escape from Elba on 26 February 1815 to the eve of the Battle of Waterloo on 17 June.

It will include the story of his voyage across the Ligurian Sea during which he was almost intercepted. And how a live firing demonstration of Congreve rockets on Cap Noli had to be called off as an unknown ship sailed across the danger area.

His journey overland to Paris will be described, including Napoleon’s surprise at the popularity of his return during which thousands of his former veterans, some sent to arrest him, eagerly rejoined their emperor - on one occasion refusing an order to fire on his person.

It will outline the problems, both civil and military, he faced on assuming power again, and how within a few weeks he overcame them, at least temporarily, and marched into Belgium with 125,000 men to attack the Allies under Wellington and the Prussians under Blucher.

It will also explain Napoleon's problems with the appointment of senior officers and his masterly operational plan of campaign, and how by the eve of Waterloo it had unravelled.

Mark Adkin, a former Army officer, is the author of The Waterloo Companion, The Trafalgar Companion and The Gettysburg Companion. He has also written the bestselling Sharpe Companion to accompany the TV series.

Please note this event is taking place at Army & Navy Club, 36 - 39 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN.

Where

Army and Navy Club
36-39 Pall Mall
London
SW1Y 5JN

Admission

Lunchtime Lectures are FREE but must be booked in advance by telephoning: 020 7730 0717 or email: vs@nam.ac.uk. Bookings close three days before each lecture. All talks take place at the Army & Navy Club at 12.30pm.

Tim Clayon

Waterloo: Four Days That Changed Europe's Destiny, Tim Clayton

  • 11 June 2015 From 8pm

Best-selling author and academic Tim Clayton examines the history of Waterloo. By exploring new sources - including previously unexamined first-hand accounts of the Battle, rare German publications and archives, and the harrowing evidence of the dedicated but ill-prepared medical services - Clayton re-interprets this much contested four-day period

Where

The Army and Navy Club
39 Pall Mall, London
SW1Y 5JN

Admission

Bookings for the Celebrity Speakers can be made online at nam.ac.uk or via the ticket hotline on 020 7881 6600. Standard tickets are available for £10.00. SOFNAM, Students, Military and Senior tickets are available for £7.50. Proof of ID is required when collecting tickets. Concessions can only be booked via the ticket hotline.

The Army & Navy Club offer a two-course dinner in their Coffee Room fine dining restaurant before each talk. Combined 'Dinner & Talk' bookings can only be made by calling 020 7881 6600. Standard tickets are available for £32.50 and concessions for £30.00.

THREE-DAY CONFERENCE Waterloo: Representation and Memory, 1815-2015

  • 26 — 28 June 2015

A major international and interdisciplinary conference Waterloo: Representation and Memory, 1815-2015. The conference will focus not only on what historians have written about the battle but will also engage with its broader impact on popular culture, literature, and art.

Waterloo is salient in European collective memory because it signifies the culmination of a twenty-three-year conflict that some consider the ‘first total war’ (David A. Bell) and set the stage for various other novel phenomena that included, but were not limited to, the rise of modern nationalism, imperialism, and mass tourism during the nineteenth century.

In examining cultures of commemoration, the conference seeks to explore a theme that has come to define Waterloo like no other battle: the problem of representation. From the start opinions diverged as to who ultimately defeated Napoleon, yet the multinational team effort behind the allied victory created mnemonic convergences that would likewise shape European identities into the First World War.

Drawing together academics, broadcasters and museum curators, the conference organisers invite the submission of paper proposals that shed light on the ways in which entrepreneurs of memory made sense of Waterloo through different cultural media in the past and show how the relics of Europe’s warlike traditions inform heritage preservation/public history in the present.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies
The King's Manor
Exhibition Square
York
Yorkshire
Y01 7EP

Website

http://www.york.ac.uk/eighteenth-century-studies/events/conferencebattleofwaterloo/

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Waterloo Lives Pop Up Pub

  • 1 — 2 July 2015 10am-5pm

Did you know that pubs in the UK are named after the Duke of Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo because many returning veterans became publicans? In honour of this tradition the Museum has created its own family-friendly pop-up pub to tour the country, delivering pints of knowledge about the Battle along its way.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Royal Norfolk Show
Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road
Norwich
NR5 0TT

Website

http://waterloo200.org/waterloolives

Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall

'Shocking Sights of Woe': David Wilkie, Charles Bell and the Battle of Waterloo, Professor Philip Shaw

  • 9 July 2015 From 12:30pm

The first part of this talk will focus on the influence of Charles Bell's Essays on the Anatomy of Expression in Painting (1806) on the composition of David Wilkie's 'Chelsea Pensioners receiving the London Gazette Extraordinary of Thursday June 22nd, 1815' (1822).

A renowned surgeon and anatomist, Charles Bell was also a witness to the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo (1815). Looking closely at a selection of his sketches of wounded soldiers, in tandem with case notes, letters and other printed materials, the second part of the talk will consider how the battlefield surgeon, operating under conditions of extreme duress, sought to give expression to feelings of melancholy and depression over the human costs of victory.

The talk will conclude with some reflections on Bell's and Wilkie's contrasting images of war.



Please note this event is taking place at Army & Navy Club, 36 - 39 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN.

Where

Army and Navy Club
36-39 Pall Mall
London
SW1Y 5JN

Admission

Lunchtime Lectures are FREE but must be booked in advance by telephoning: 020 7730 0717 or email: vs@nam.ac.uk. Bookings close three days before each lecture. All talks take place at the Army & Navy Club at 12.30pm.

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Waterloo Lives: Pop-up Cinema

  • 27 September 2015 7:30-10:30pm

The National Army Museum is hosting a one-day immersive and theatrical screening of the 1970 cult classic movie 'Waterloo' at the Vaults under Waterloo Station, London. Make your way through the smoky corridors, interact with characters from the film and taste food and drink from the past.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Register for tickets. The deadline for entries to the ballot is Thursday 27 August 2015 at 6.00pm. Successful applicants will be notified via email on Tuesday 1 September 2015.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/events/waterloo-activities/waterloo-lives-free-pop-cinema-event

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Waterloo Lives: Pop-up Cinema

  • 27 September 2015 2-4pm

The National Army Museum is hosting a one-day immersive and theatrical screening of the 1970 cult classic movie 'Waterloo' at the Vaults under Waterloo Station, London. Make your way through the smoky corridors, interact with characters from the film and taste food and drink from the past. A family-friendly event will take place during the daytime and will include sections of the film played alongside interactive games and activities.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

The deadline for entries to the ballot is Thursday 27 August 2015 at 6.00pm. Successful applicants will be notified via email on Tuesday 1 September 2015.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/events/waterloo-activities/waterloo-lives-free-pop-cinema-event

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.

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

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

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

PR & Marketing

info@nam.ac.uk

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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