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 *on now

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.

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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.
Security and the army tour

Security and the army tour

  • 3 March — 1 December 2018 *on now

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

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

Special Forces: Out of the Shadows

  • 17 March — 18 November 2018 *on now

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

Curator tour: Special Forces

Curator tour: Special Forces

  • 25 July 2018 11am-12pm
  • 1 August 2018 6-7pm
  • 16 August 2018 11am-12pm
  • 30 August 2018 11am-12pm
  • 5 September 2018 6-7pm
  • 19 September 2018 11am-12pm
  • 3 October 2018 6-7pm
  • 18 October 2018 11am-12pm
  • 24 — 25 October 2018 11am-12pm

‘Special Forces: In the Shadows’ presents ideas of security and secrecy through the lens of British Special Forces. Discover who these elite soldiers are, the skills they need, and the operations they’ve undertaken.

Curator tour tickets include entry to the exhibition. Please meet at the exhibition entrance five minutes before the tour is due to begin.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard: £12.50
Concessions: £10.62

Website

https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/performances.php?eventId=413:129

Remembering Australians in the First World War

Remembering Australians in the First World War

  • 20 July 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

Dr Jenny Macleod explores Australia’s experience of the First World War and traces how it has been remembered ever since. July and August 2018 mark the centenary of what General Monash termed ‘The Australian Victories in France in 1918’.

Australia’s pride in its military role in the First World War has been used as the basis of its national identity. The 21st century has seen an intense period of emotional and political investment in the commemoration of the Anzacs.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk

Soldiers Out: LGBTQ Tour

Soldiers Out: LGBTQ Tour

  • 20 July 2018 2-2:30pm

Kelsey Loveless, from the National Army Museum, explores LGBTQ narratives within the British Army in a tour of the museum’s galleries. This tour will highlight the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer soldiers throughout the history of the British Army. It will further explore these individual stories within wider British legislation and army attitudes towards queer soldiers.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk

British perspectives on the Korean War and its aftermath

British perspectives on the Korean War and its aftermath

  • 27 July 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

Dr Grace Huxford discusses the end of the Korean War on its 65th anniversary. It is often stated that the Korean War (1950-53) never actually ended. Although an armistice was signed at Panmunjom in July 1953, the lack of a formal peace treaty, as well as continuing tension on the Korean peninsula, has led many to suppose that there was never a true conclusion.

In this talk, based on archival and oral history records, Dr Grace Huxford explores the many possible endings of the Korean War and describes the experiences of British servicemen.

Dr Huxford will seek to show the importance of Korea - often called the ‘Forgotten War’ - in British history, and highlight the contribution of British forces to this conflict.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk

The evolution of military camouflage

The evolution of military camouflage

  • 3 August 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

Artists were very much involved with devising the first patterns of camouflage used by the British Army on the Western Front during the First World War. This deployment of artists continued into the Second World War. But camouflage uniforms remained the preserve of elite military units and it was only in the 1970s that camouflaged combat dress became widely available. Now camouflage is devised by teams of scientists but some classic patterns still refer back to earlier, more creative, days.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk

100 years since the 100 Days: How the First World War transformed the army

100 years since the 100 Days: How the First World War transformed the army

  • 10 August 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

The First World War transformed the British Army beyond all recognition. By 1918, four years of conflict, casualties and innovation across the globe, had evolved the Army into a highly efficient, effective fighting machine. This force was capable of maintaining and supplying multiple armies in the field and conducting consecutive ‘all arms’ battles on scale that was unimaginable in 1914.

100 years on from the decisive events of 1918, this lecture will explore how the British Army evolved and steadily improved from 1914. It will also address the ongoing relevance for the modern military of the lessons learned on the battlefields of the First World War.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk

The development of British artillery on the Western Front

The development of British artillery on the Western Front

  • 24 August 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

Dr Breer will discuss the evolutions and revolutions in design and technology of artillery from the late 19th century to the end of the First World War.

He will explore why the British Army came into battle with the ordnance it did. He will also highlight how the manufacturing base in the UK both allowed, and limited, the designs eventually fielded in battle.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk

The Special Boat Squadron in the Second World War: A band of renegade cut-throats

The Special Boat Squadron in the Second World War: A band of renegade cut-throats

  • 31 August 2018 11:30am-12:30pm

The Special Boat Squadron (SBS) was formed as a separate unit from the Special Air Service (SAS) in early 1943. It was an elite fighting force which never comprised more than 200 soldiers.

Led by men such as the famed Victoria Cross recipient Anders Lassen, the SBS launched savage hit-and-run raids on the Germans stationed in idyllic Aegean islands such as Santorini, Naxos and Crete. Highly-trained, totally secretive and utterly ruthless, the SBS also saw action in Italy, the Balkans and mainland Greece. But their methods didn't always find favour with the British establishment, and in 1944 the Conservative MP Simon Wingfield-Digby, in describing their guerrilla methods, likened them to 'a band of renegade cut-throats'.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk

The Muddy Choir

The Muddy Choir

  • 7 — 8 November 2018
  • 10 November 2018

It is November 1917 and the Third Battle of Ypres is lurching towards its bloody conclusion.

Young soldiers Will, Robbie and Jumbo are thrust into a landscape starkly different to the playing fields and estates of their Sunderland home. United by their childhood oath “nee killing, anly singing”, Robbie dreams their music will be a ticket away from the front, but attracting the attention of their commanding officers may prove more dangerous than bullets and gas.

Nominated for “Best Play for Young Audiences” at the Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards 2015, The Muddy Choir tells the story of three soldiers serving with the Durham Light Infantry. Including traditional wartime songs, it is a play about childhood friends growing up in unbearable circumstances and the humanising power of music.

The longest established touring company in the UK, Theatre Centre bring high quality artistic experiences to children and young people across the country, no matter their circumstances.

Jesse Briton is a multi-award winning actor, writer and director. He has founded three companies that he continues to make work through: Bear Trap, the Jones Collective and Wassail. His work for theatre includes: Derailed (HOME, Manchester); Hiraeth (UK and NZ tour); Enduring Song (Southwark Playhouse); and Bound (UK and Australian tour; Southwark Playhouse).

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

TBC

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk

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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