REME Museum

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The REME Museum tells the history of the Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. The Corps was formed in 1942 and still undertaking its original function of keeping the army's machines and weapons fitting fit.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Transport heritage site, Science centre, Library

Opening hours

Museum: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 to 16:30
Café: Monday to Saturday, 9:30 to 16:00 (hot food served until 14.30)

Admission charges

Adult: £7

Child: £5 (ages 5 – 16)

Under 5s: free

Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children): £21

Gold Card members: free

Serving military: £4

Concession (students with id, OAPs, Disabled): £5

Forces Veteran (with MoD card or other membership details): £4

Please contact the Museum for information about group bookings, school trips and research fees.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

The museum is located next to MoD Lyneham just off Calne Road (A3102). Approximately 5 miles South West from Royal Wotton Bassett.

Additional info

The Museum has a shop and excellent cafe serving both hot meals and refreshments. A large free car park with disabled parking is also available. There is disabled access throughout the Museum.

The museum collection shows military technological development as used by the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) in maintaining and repairing the Army's equipment since 1942. The Corps of REME is responsible for recovering, repairing and maintaining the equipment of the British Army. This includes their vehicles (armed and unarmed), aircraft, radar, control and firing equipment, optics, medical and dental, electronics and diagnostic testing equipment.

Exhibits contrast the vehicles of 1942 with todays equivalent,i.e.the Scammell Pioneer and the Challenger Armoured Recovery Vehicle. The REME medals collection illustrate REME trademens skills in the field and their gallantry. The uniforms, models and dioramas, radar, telecommunications and weapons show the developing trades and training of REME craftsmen. The Corps Documentary, Technical and Pictorial Archives cover all areas of REME life and work and are available to researchers by booking in advance. Reserve collections are available by booking in advance.

Collection details

Archives, Aviation, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Brake mine missile
  • Black box technology
  • Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle (Sherman BARV)
  • Challenger Armoured Recovery Vehicle (CRARRV)
  • Willis Jeep
  • Vickers Machine Gun
  • Multi Launch Rocket System (MLRS)
  • Bowman
  • Victoria Cross
  • Scout Helicopter
  • Scammell Pioneer
  • 1947 Volkswagen Mark II (Beetle)
  • David Rowland Painting "Corporal CJG (Fred) Comber MC"
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
As a Training Ground for War: How Sport Prepares Soldiers for the Battlefield

As a Training Ground for War: How Sport Prepares Soldiers for the Battlefield

  • 14 October — 29 November 2019 *on now

It explores the three key strands of fitness, teamwork and fighting capability through historic and current day examples of military and sporting equipment. In October it arrives at the REME Museum.

The Army has always played sport. Through peace and war, the British soldier has carried the boxing glove alongside the bayonet. Army sport evokes a series of striking images, from footballs being kicked across No Man’s Land in the First World War, to 80,000 spectators roaring on the Army vs Navy rugby match at Twickenham.

Sport builds qualities of fitness, discipline and camaraderie. It teaches soldiers to negotiate battlefield obstacles, operate effectively together and develop the determination to win. It is recognised as a crucial factor in maintaining the physical development and operational capability.

The exhibition draws on the collections of several military and sporting museums, as well as the current Army. These range from the Olympic wrestling medal won by a First World War unarmed combat specialist to the gloves worn by the Army boxing team in Inter-Service and international competitions in 2018.

It forms part of Sporting Heritage and the Armed Forces, a collaboration between the Army Museums Ogilby Trust and Sporting Heritage networks. This aims to uncover, share, and celebrate collections with a focus on sporting heritage and the Armed Forces.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult: £7

Child: £5 (ages 5 – 16)

Under 5s: free

Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children): £21

Gold Card Members & Immediate Family: free

Serving Military (With Vaild ID): £4

Forces Veterans (With Forces Discount Card or Veteran Pin): £4

Concession (students with id, over 60s, disabled): £5

Website

https://www.rememuseum.org.uk/visit/

Getting there

The museum is located next to MoD Lyneham just off Calne Road (A3102). Approximately 5 miles South West from Royal Wotton Bassett.

REME Museum
MoD Lyneham
Calne Road
Lyneham
Wiltshire
SN15 4XX
England

Website

REME Museum Home Page

http://www.rememuseum.org.uk

E-mail

enquiries

enquiries@rememuseum.org.uk

Education Service

education@rememuseum.org.uk

Telephone

Enquiries

01249 894869

Education Officer

01249 894870

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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