National Army Museum

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

Website

National Army Museum website

www.nam.ac.uk

E-mail

PR & Marketing

pr@nam.ac.uk

Hospitality

events@nam.ac.uk

Education

edu@nam.ac.uk

General information

info@nam.ac.uk

Telephone

PR, Marketing & Hospitality

020 7730 0717 x2535

Education

020 7730 0717 x2560

Reading Room

020 7730 0717 x2222

Fax

020 7823 6573

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.
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.
Outbreak 1914: Wales Goes to War

Outbreak 1914: Wales Goes to War

  • 18 June 2014 — 4 May 2015 *on now

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War the National Army Museum has partnered with Firing Line, Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier
to co-curate of temporary exhibition exploring the early months of the War.
This exhibition will bring to life stories exploring the experiences of Welsh soldiers and their roles within the British Army during the War. These local connections will be told through rarely seen fascinating objects and captivating stories.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Languages

  • Welsh

Where

Firing Line, Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff
CF10 3RB
Wales

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/first-world-war-activities/outbreak-1914-wales-goes-war

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

Royal Engineers go to War

Outbreak 1914: Royal Engineers Go to War

  • 3 July — 22 December 2014 *on now

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War the National Army Museum has partnered with the Royal Engineers Museum to co-curate of temporary exhibition exploring the early months of the War.
This exhibition will bring to life stories exploring the experiences of the Royal Engineers and their roles within the British Army during the War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Royal Engineers Museum
Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham
Kent
ME4 4UG

Road to theTrenches

Outbreak 1914: Road to the Trenches

  • 5 July — 17 November 2014 *on now

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War the National Army Museum has partnered with Museum of the King's Royal Hussars in Lancashire to co-curate of temporary exhibition exploring the early months of the War.
This exhibition will bring to life stories exploring the experiences of the King's Royal Hussars and their roles within the British Army during the War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Museum of the King's Royal Hussars in Lancashire
Museum of Lancashire
Stanley Street
Preston
Lancashire
PR1 4YP

Outbreak 1914!

Outbreak 1914: Durham Light Infantry Goes to War

  • 10 July 2014 — 22 March 2015 *on now

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War the National Army Museum has partnered with Durham Light Infantry Museum to co-curate of temporary exhibition exploring the early months of the War.
This exhibition will bring to life stories exploring the experiences of Durham Light Infantry and their roles within the British Army during the War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Durham Light Infantry Museum
Aykley Heads
Durham
DH1 5TU

Outbreak 1914!

Outbreak 1914: Staffordshire Goes to War

  • 21 July 2014 — 18 January 2015 *on now

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War the National Army Museum has partnered with the Staffordshire Regiment Museum to co-curate of temporary exhibition exploring the early months of the War.
This exhibition will bring to life stories exploring the experiences the Staffordshire Regiment and their roles within the British Army during the War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum
Whittington Barracks
Whittington
Lichfield
Staffordshire
WS14 9PY

Website

http://www.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com/information.html

Piece Makers

  • 9 September — 20 November 2014

This unique exhibition displays the artistic results of 'Piece Makers', a two-year collaboration between the National Army Museum, soldiers drawn from rehabilitation and support centres, and contemporary artist Susan Stockwell.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

REME Museum of Technology
Isaac Newton Rd
Arborfield, Reading
RG2 9NH

Website

http://www.rememuseum.org.uk

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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Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War

  • 4 September 2014 12:30-1:30pm

Hear guest speakers examine a wealth of enthralling topics at our free fortnightly lunchtime lectures.

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

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on

photograph of poppy

The Best Christmas Present in the World - Fulham Library

  • 9 September 2014 10am-5pm

We will explore the story of the Christmas truce held on the Western Front in 1914, as part of a series of hands-on learning sessions in association with City of Westminster Archives.

In addition, a First World War interpreter will demonstrate the kit that soldiers wore at the time and encourage young attendees to get hands-on with fascinating objects from the Museum's Collection.

Please note: this event takes place at Fulham Library, 598 Fulham Road, Fulham, London, SW6 5NX.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.lbhf.gov.uk/Directory/Leisure_and_Culture/Libraries/Fulham_library/15859_Libraries_Fulham.asp

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Thomas Cook's Tourists: A Talk by Aimee Fox, Godden

  • 18 September 2014 12:30-1:30pm

Hear guest speakers examine a wealth of enthralling topics at our free fortnightly lunchtime lectures.

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

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on

War and the Horse

  • 20 — 21 September 2014

This summer the National Army Museum will be on the offensive at events across the country with a regiment of First World War Sikh soldiers.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Dover Castle
Castle Hill
Dover
CT16 1HU

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/dover-castle/

Raising the New Army: British Recruiting Posters, 1914 - 15

  • 25 September 2014

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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Folkestone Town Hall
Guildhall Street
Folkestone
CT20 1DY

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/first-world-war-activities

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Hundred Days: The End of the Geat War, Nick Lloyd

  • 25 September 2014 8-9:30pm

In his groundbreaking study of the Great War, Nick Lloyd examines its last days, beginning at the heralded turning-point on the Marne in July 1918 and the next four months which included some of the bloodiest battles of the War.

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

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Please contact venue for further information.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on

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Artillery of the BEF: Artillery Gas, Geoff Spring

  • 2 October 2014 12:30-1:30pm

Hear guest speakers examine a wealth of enthralling topics at our free fortnightly lunchtime lectures.

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

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on

Napoleon the Great, Andrew Roberts

  • 16 October 2014 From 8pm

As the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo approaches in 2015, historian Andrew Roberts will be revealing a true representation of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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

Suitable for

Where

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

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on

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The Best Christmas Present in the World - Pimlico Library

  • 28 October 2014 10am-5pm

We will explore the story of the Christmas truce held on the Western Front in 1914, as part of a series of hands-on learning sessions in association with City of Westminster Archives.

In addition, a First World War interpreter will demonstrate the kit that soldiers wore at the time and encourage young attendees to get hands-on with fascinating objects from the Museum's Collection.

Please note: this event takes place at Pimlico Library, Lupus Street, London, London, SW1V 3EY.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Steady the Buffs! The East Kent Regiment on the Western Front

  • 30 October 2014

Steady the Buffs! The East Kent Regiment on the Western Front

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Folkestone Town Hall
Guildhall Street
Folkestone
CT20 1DY

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/first-world-war-activities

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No Doubt They'll Soon Get Well

  • 30 October 2014 12:30-1:30pm

Hear guest speakers examine a wealth of enthralling topics at our free fortnightly lunchtime lectures.

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

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on

photograph of poppies in field

The Best Christmas Present in the World - Paddington

  • 30 October 2014 10am-5pm

We will explore the story of the Christmas truce held on the Western Front in 1914, as part of a series of hands-on learning sessions in association with City of Westminster Archives.

In addition, a First World War interpreter will demonstrate the kit that soldiers wore at the time and encourage young attendees to get hands-on with fascinating objects from the Museum's Collection.

Please note: this event takes place at Paddington Library, Porchester Road, London, W2 5DU.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Website

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/about-paddington-library-contact-details-and-opening-hours

Born in the Furnace: Tubby Clayton and the Toc H, Linda Parker

  • 13 November 2014 From 12:30pm

Hear guest speakers examine a wealth of enthralling topics at our free fortnightly lunchtime lectures.

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

Suitable for

Where

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

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on

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Secret Warriors With Taylor Downing

  • 20 November 2014 8-10pm

The Great War is often considered as a war fought in trenches, aided by brutal machinery that cost many lives. But behind this a scientific war was also being fought between engineers, chemists, physicists, doctors, mathematicians and intelligence gatherers.
Please note: this event takes place at Army & Navy Club, 36 - 39 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Please contact venue for further information.

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on

Answering the King's Call: Empire Forces in the First World War

  • 27 November 2014

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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Folkestone Town Hall
Guildhall Street
Folkestone
CT20 1DY

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/first-world-war-activities

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All That They Had They Gave with Dr Rodney Atwood

  • 27 November 2014 1:30-2:30pm

Hear guest speakers examine a wealth of enthralling topics at our free fortnightly lunchtime lectures.

Please note: this event takes place at Army & Navy Club, 37 - 39 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on

D-Day: The Last of the Liberators, Robin Savage

  • 11 December 2014 From 8pm

Join photographer Robin Savage in conversation with an intimate group of D-Day veterans. He will be leading a conversation on the remarkable stories of some of these last surviving Normandy veterans, who are the focus of his exceptional new book 'D-Day - The Last of the Liberators'.

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

Suitable for

Where

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

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on

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December Attack on Passchendale by Michael LoCicero

  • 11 December 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Hear guest speakers examine a wealth of enthralling topics at our free fortnightly lunchtime lectures.

Please note: this event takes place at Army & Navy Club, 38 - 39 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on

In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, Jenny Uglow

  • 29 January 2015 From 8pm

Join prize-winning author Jenny Uglow as she explores the many ways in which the Napoleonic Wars touched the lives of ordinary people.

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

Suitable for

Website

http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on

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)

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