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.
Abram Games entrance to Museum exhibition

The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games

  • 15 April — 24 November 2019 *on now

This major exhibition explores the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as 'Official War Poster Artist' during the Second World War.

Always direct, and occasionally controversial, Games's wartime posters have left a legacy that continues to influence the art of persuasion employed by visual designers today.

Inspired by his Jewish heritage, his experiences as a soldier, and the turbulent politics of the time, Games used his talent for visual communication to recruit, educate and influence soldiers and civilians alike.

In helping to transform new conscripts into trained soldiers, encouraging support for the war effort and presenting an idealistic vision of post-war Britain, Games's work offers a fascinating picture of a nation at war.

'The art of persuasion' examines the techniques Games used to communicate his messages effectively. From stark imagery and visual puns to innovative use of the airbrush, his unique artistic approach changed the face of British graphic design.

The exhibition includes posters from the National Army Museum’s collection alongside objects on loan from the family of Abram Games.

A book on the work of Abram Games during the Second World War, written by his daughter Naomi Games, will be available to purchase in The Shop at £16.99.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Adults: £6.00 l Concessions (incl. veterans): £5.00 | Students: £4.00 | Groups: £4.00 | Under 16s: FREE | Serving Army personnel (plus one additional adult): FREE

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/art-persuasion-wartime-posters-abram-games

A photo of the Museum foyer from above,

Outlook

  • 10 — 30 June 2019 *on now

This exhibition from Combat Stress features artwork created by veterans as part of their recovery from trauma.

This exhibition represents the psychological impact of war, but also demonstrates that art-making can offer relief and new growth after trauma.

For some veterans, art-making can provide much-needed relief from intrusive trauma memories by channelling thoughts towards peaceful subject matter. Others might use the creative process to try to make sense of their experiences by releasing feelings through art.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/outlook

Current female British soldiers at rifle training

Rise of the Lionesses: 70 years of the Women's Royal Army Corps

  • 28 June — 20 October 2019

Explore the changing role of women in the British Army through the lens of the Women's Royal Army Corps (WRAC).

Marking the 70th anniversary of the formation of the WRAC, this exhibition highlights the changing roles of women in the British Army.

Society's view of women influenced their integration into the Army. But what was initially a temporary solution soon evolved into a permanent unit of female soldiers.

This exhibition will explore how attitudes towards 'appropriate' roles for women affected the contributions they were able to make. It will show how women used the Army to help break these moulds.

Using documents and objects from the collections of the WRAC Association and the National Army Museum, it will reveal the major contribution women have made to the Army's history.

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/rise-lionesses-70-years-womens-royal-army-corps

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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100 years of the Women's Royal Army Corps Association

  • 5 July 2019 From 11:30am

Colonel (retired) Ali Brown, vice president of the WRAC Association, will chart a century of women's service in the British Army.

Ali's personal story will cover her 27-year career in the Army, a period in which many restrictions on women were lifted, and opportunities for operational deployment and career progression improved.

She will be joined by Colonel (retired) Audrey Smith and Pat Rosewell, both of whom served in the WRAC.

This event is in support of our exhibition, Rise of the Lionesses, marking 100 years of the WRAC Association and 70 years since the formation of the WRAC.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/100-years-womens-royal-army-corps-association

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Tidy parlours and 'manly' wallpaper: Home-making in the British Indian Army

  • 28 June 2019 From 11:30am

Join curator Holly Winter as she explores the role of home-making in the British Indian Army of the 19th century.

Colonial India has long been characterised by historians as a destination for British men enacting a 'flight from domesticity'. Imperial masculinity has been closely associated with adventuring and war, and the home has been dismissed as irrelevant to the so-called 'soldier heroes' of the British Empire.

However, this characterisation is based primarily on 19th-century literature, rather than analysis of the lives of real men.

Drawing on the diaries, letters and memoirs of men who served in the armies in India, this talk will demonstrate that British officers in India were deeply attached to the concept of home, and enthusiastically created home-like environments during military service.

Rather than undermining their 'militaristic masculinity', Holly Winter will show that these home-building activities enabled men to demonstrate their authority, military experience and management skills.

Holly will connect the military world with the domestic world, and show how knowledge of textiles, furniture and domestic economy was surprisingly essential for British officers in 19th-century India.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/tidy-parlours-and-manly-wallpaper-home-making-british-indian-army

Picture of the outside of the National Army Museum from across the street.

At Ease early opening: Armed Forces Day special

  • 29 June 2019 8:30-10am

This Armed Forces Day, enjoy a relaxed early opening of the Museum where families with additional sensory needs can experience the galleries in a quieter environment.

From 8.30am to 10am, the Museum's galleries will be open early for families with additional sensory needs. Select interactives will be turned off, noises and lights turned down, and a quiet room will be available for downtime.

Friends from Zoolabs will also be around for a relaxed handling session with their camouflage critters.

Explore the Museum further with sensory backpacks that enhance the experience with tactile aids.

All visitors to this special early opening will be sent a visual story in advance to provide an idea of what to expect on arrival. Please note that the Museum opens to the general public at 9.30am, with the galleries opening at 10am.

Zoolab session is available as part of your ticket for the At Ease early opening.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/ease-early-opening-armed-forces-day-special

Entrance at the Museum to the Games exhibition

British Sign Language tour: The art of persuasion

  • 29 June 2019 2-3pm

Join Edward Richards for a BSL guided tour of the National Army Museum's special exhibition, 'The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games'.

This major exhibition explores the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as 'Official War Poster Artist' during the Second World War.

Always direct, and occasionally controversial, Games's wartime posters have left a legacy that continues to influence the art of persuasion employed by visual designers today.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£6.00, Concessions: £5.00

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/british-sign-language-tour-art-persuasion-0

A blonde girl sitting on her mum's lap gluing something together.

Camo crafts

  • 29 June 2019 2-4pm

Celebrate Armed Forces Day with free camouflage themed family crafts. This activity is suitable for ages 5+.

Learn about the extreme camouflaging capabilities of Ghillie suits and blend in to the background with our camo crafts.

Family activities are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/camo-crafts

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The Band of the Royal Yeomanry

  • 29 June 2019 From 1pm, From 3pm

Join the National Army Museum this Armed Forces Day as it welcomes the Band of the Royal Yeomanry for musical performances at 1pm and 3pm.

The Band of the Royal Yeomanry (Inns of Court & City Yeomanry) was formed in 1961 following the amalgamation of the Inns of Court Regiment with The City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders) to form The Inns of Court & City Yeomanry.

The Inns of Court Regiment was raised in 1548 to help defend the country against a possible Spanish invasion. It was later more popularly known as ‘The Devil’s Own’, a nickname coined by King George III at a Royal Review in Hyde Park in 1803.

Many of the band’s musicians are former members of the Household Division and other Regular Army bands. The rest include freelance professional musicians, instrumental teachers and graduates.

The band undertakes many varied activities both at home and overseas, including musical support to regimental occasions in France and Belgium, as well as support to events in Saudi Arabia for the Military Band Institute for Armed Forces.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/band-royal-yeomanry

A container of soil and a scorpion glowing with luminescence

Camo critters

  • 29 June 2019 From 10am, From 11am

This Armed Forces Day, get up close and personal with creatures who camouflage. This activity is suitable for ages 5+.

Join ZooLab for a hands-on experience with camouflage critters. Discover how these colourful creatures adapt to their environment.

Sessions start at 10am and 11am.

Please purchase a free adult ticket with your child ticket. One adult can accompany up to 3 children.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£5 per child

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/camo-critters

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Napoleon: A military genius?

  • 3 July 2019 6:30-8pm

Although he won most of the battles he fought, Napoleon still lost several campaigns. His intervention in Spain was disastrous and his invasion of Russia was one of the greatest catastrophes in military history. Napoleon also lost the campaigns of 1813-14, despite several brilliant victories. And his fate was sealed at Waterloo, a battle he deserved to lose.

Adam Zamoyski explores how Napoleon achieved spectacular victories by hard work, attention to detail and quick reactions. He also had an ability to galvanise his men to strike where it mattered against armies not trained to respond in kind.

Napoleon enhanced his aura of invincibility through skilful propaganda. This captured the imagination of people all over Europe and lent him superhuman attributes.

Yet as he grew older, he began to make mistakes. His enemies learnt from him, but he learnt nothing. His youthful reputation as liberator of the downtrodden was replaced by that of oppressor of nations. Ultimately, he revealed himself to have been a masterful tactician, but no strategist.

Adam Zamoyski is an independent historian and best-selling author. His latest book, 'Napoleon: The Man Behind the Myth' provides an entirely original insight into the emperor’s rise and fall.

It will be available for sale in a book signing after the talk.

Admission

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00 (ticket price includes glass of wine or soft drink)

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/napoleon-military-genius

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Ends and beginnings: Legacies of the Great War

  • 6 July 2019 9:30am-4:30pm

Organised by the British Commission for Military History, the National Army Museum and the Western Front Association, this one-day conference will examine the immediate impacts of the First World War, as well as the British Army's subsequent operations and campaigns.

The conference will also reflect on the war's legacy and the different ways it was commemorated during the 2014-18 centenary period.

Speakers will include Professor Sir Hew Strachan, Professor Richard Grayson, General Mungo Melvin, Dr Catriona Pennell and Professor Gary Sheffield.

Admission

£25.00

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/ends-and-beginnings-legacies-great-war

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Tiny Troopers: Animals

  • 8 July 2019 From 10am, From 11:15am

Sing, play and create with your little one at these fun, sensory sessions. Each month, Tiny Troopers will have a different theme. For July, we'll be inspired by Army animals.

Sessions start at 10am and 11.20am, and last approximately 45 minutes.

Why not follow your session with a visit to the Museum’s fun and engaging soft play experience, Play Base. You can book your timed Play Base tickets online.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

£5.00 per child

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/tiny-troopers-animals

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Curator tour: The art of persuasion

  • 10 July 2019 10:30-11:30am

This major exhibition explores the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as 'Official War Poster Artist' during the Second World War.

Always direct, and occasionally controversial, Games's wartime posters have left a legacy that continues to influence the art of persuasion employed by visual designers today.

Inspired by his Jewish heritage, his experiences as a soldier, and the turbulent politics of the time, Games used his talent for visual communication to recruit, educate and influence soldiers and civilians alike.

In helping to transform new conscripts into trained soldiers, encouraging support for the war effort and presenting an idealistic vision of post-war Britain, Games's work offers a fascinating picture of a nation at war.
'The art of persuasion' examines the techniques Games used to communicate his messages effectively. From stark imagery and visual puns to innovative use of the airbrush, his unique artistic approach changed the face of British graphic design.

The exhibition includes posters from the National Army Museum’s collection alongside objects on loan from the family of Abram Games.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10.50
Concessions: £9.50

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From the tank turret: A soldier's view of the Normandy Campaign, 1944

  • 12 July 2019 From 11:30am

After fighting in both North Africa and Italy during the Second World War, the 3rd County of London Yeomanry returned to Britain to prepare for the campaign in Normandy.

Arriving in France on 7 June, the day after the D-Day landings, the regiment was soon involved in key parts of the breakout from Normandy, including Operation Epsom and the Battle for Caen.

The 3rd and 4th County of London Yeomanry regiments suffered such heavy casualties that they were amalgamated in theatre - going on to fight their way through the Netherlands and into Germany in 1944-45.

This talk will be illustrated with a remarkable series of photographs, taken strictly against the regulations of the time.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/tank-turret-soldiers-view-normandy-campaign-1944

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Guided tour: Women and the Army

  • 13 July 2019 2-4pm

This hour-long guided tour explores the role women have played in the Army. It starts in our new exhibition, Rise of the Lionesses: 70 years of the Women's Royal Army Corps, and continues through the Museum's permanent galleries.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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War through other stuff

  • 17 July 2019 6-8:30pm

At a time when museums play an increasingly important role in connecting the public with military history, this event looks at how and why this is done and what the future holds for this exciting field.

In partnership with the War Through Other Stuff society, we will be hosting a discussion with a range of speakers from various heritage and academic institutions: specialists on different wars, time periods and methods of interpretation.

Free and open to everyone, the evening will begin with guided tours of the National Army Museum galleries, looking at examples of what we can learn about war by examining the 'other stuff' beyond weapons and fighting.

This will be followed by a series of short presentations from the speakers, and the chance for you to have your say in a group discussion.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/war-through-other-stuff

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The wartime work of Abram Games

  • 19 July 2019 From 11:30am

On de-mob in 1946, Captain Abram Games, creator of 100 war posters and holder of the unique title of 'Official War Poster Artist', felt well qualified to resume his career as a freelance designer. He soon became one of Britain's most notable poster artists.

In this engaging talk, Naomi Games - Abram's daughter - will examine many of these posters, especially those he designed during the Second World War.

Being the son of a photographer, Games employed many ingenious photographic tricks to convey his message of 'Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means'.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/wartime-work-abram-games

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Portrait painting: Betty Webb MBE

  • 23 July 2019 6-8pm

Betty Webb served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) from 1941 to 1946. A veteran of the code-breaking establishment at Bletchley Park, Betty was part of a small team working on Japanese messages.

In this lively portrait and storytelling evening, Betty will be telling us about her military career and post-war life, while Ann Witheridge will provide a live commentary on the portrait techniques she is using.

This workshop complements our current exhibitions, The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games and Rise of the Lionesses: 70 years of the Women’s Royal Army Corps, and is part of our Artist in Residence programme with London Fine Art Studios.

Ann Witheridge studied History of Art at Cambridge University and is now a professional artist and teacher. She is the founder of London Fine Art Studios.

Admission

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00 (includes an alcoholic or soft drink)

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/portrait-painting-betty-webb-mbe

Cut out letters that spell 'Be an inventor'

Be an inventor

  • 24 — 27 July 2019 ,

Kick off the summer mission and create your very own model invention inspired by the work of designer and inventor Abram Games. Suitable for ages 5 and over.

Calling all young inventors! Join us for a free, fun-filled workshop, where you can design and then create your own invention.

What will your creativity conjure up? A new way to fly? An amazing new toy? A wacky contraption to tidy your room? We can’t wait to see your inventive ideas.

Drop-in sessions:
11am to 1pm
2pm to 4pm

Family activities are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

FREE

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/be-inventor-0

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The Italian Campaign

  • 25 July 2019 6-8pm

Following victory in North Africa, the British hoped to secure Italy, which Winston Churchill deemed the ‘soft underbelly of Europe’. In doing so, they could then launch the Allied armies into Austria and the heart of Germany.

However, the two-year long Italian campaign became one of the war’s most exhausting struggles, witnessing a bloody war of attrition against a determined and skilled enemy.

Niall Barr is Professor of Military History in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College, London.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/italian-campaign

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This Dark Business: The secret war against Napoleon

  • 26 July 2019 From 11:30am

In 1798, Boulogne became the centre of Revolutionary France’s efforts to invade Britain.

In response, the Abbé Ratel and Sir Sidney Smith organised a network of French royalists to keep watch around the port and provide early warning of any invasion. Reports were sent to England through fishermen recruited by Ratel.

In 1803, when war resumed, this network was reactivated. But there were problems from the outset owing to the reluctance of politicians to reveal the nature of the secret operations to disapproving naval officers.

After various disasters, the Boulogne communications had to be rerouted through Le Tréport. There, they shared the route with royalist agents seeking to assassinate Napoleon and restore the Bourbon monarchy. The discovery of this plot led to the unravelling of the entire network and the escape of the principal French agents to Germany and Britain.

The capture of their papers by the French, and the existence of duplicates in London, makes it possible to reconstruct and verify the story in amazing detail.

Tim Clayton is a historian specialising in military history and propaganda of the late-18th and early-19th centuries.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/dark-business-secret-war-against-napoleon

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Spotlight Saturday: Medicine and the Army

  • 27 July 2019 10am-4pm

On arrival, collect a casualty card to find out your illness or injury. Then discover how you would have been treated in different eras.

English Civil War

Get up close with real-life leeches and discover how they were used to treat soldiers on the bloody battlefields of the English Civil War.

Crimean War

Get hands on with objects from the Crimean War and find out more about the work of Florence Nightingale.

World Wars

Speak to a First World War military doctor and find out how he dealt with casualties on the Western Front. Meet a Second World War nurse and hear her experiences of D-Day and beyond.

Present day

Climb aboard a battlefield ambulance and speak to serving soldiers from 256 City of London Field Hospital about their work and equipment. You can even meet a military working dog and their handler.

Then, speak to soldiers from 221 Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search Field Squadron. They will demonstrate their important roles in bomb disposal, including first-response treatment of casualties.
Waterloo after the Glory

Renowned military historian Gareth Glover talks about Napoleonic surgery, illustrating his talk with hospital sketches and reports on the wounded of Waterloo.
Family workshops

Discover how the Army has been a source of medical innovations and invent your own life-saving device in our family-friendly workshop.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/spotlight-saturday-medicine-and-army-0

Bottle and jug of home-made bug spray

Spray the bugs away

  • 29 July — 3 August 2019 ,

Keeping clean can save lives! Protect yourself against mosquitoes and make your own plant-based insect repellent. Suitable for ages 5 and over.

Abram Games used his posters to encourage soldiers to keep clean and healthy. This was important to prevent the spread of disease and to help soldiers stay fighting fit during the Second World War.

Protect yourself against mosquitoes and make your own plant-based insect repellent to keep those pesky bugs away.

Drop-in sessions:
11am to 1pm
2pm to 4pm

Family activities are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

FREE

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/spray-bugs-away

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Fighting the People's War

  • 2 August 2019 From 11:30am

This talk focuses on the 'citizen armies' of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa, the core of the British and Commonwealth armies in the Second World War.

Jonathan Fennell will draw on new sources to reveal the true wartime experience of the ordinary rank and file, challenging our understanding of the war and of the relationship between conflict and socio-political change.

He will show how fractures on the home front had profound implications for the performance of the British and Commonwealth armies. He will also trace how soldiers' political beliefs, many of which emerged as a consequence of their combat experience, proved instrumental to the socio-political changes of the post-war era.

Dr Jonathan Fennell is a senior lecturer at the Defence Studies Department, Kings College London.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/fighting-peoples-war

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Target practice: Parachutes

  • 5 August 2019 10:30-11:30am, 12-1pm, 2-3pm, 3:30-4:30pm
  • 6 August 2019 10:30-11:30am, 12-1pm, 2-3pm, 3:30-4:30pm

Abram Games designed a number of posters to educate new soldiers and tell them how to be careful with their weapons. It was important to keep weapons clean to ensure they worked well and could fire accurately.

How well can your parachute fly? Test your accuracy and beat your friends in this target practice workshop!

Collect your free ticket at the Welcome Desk for one of the following sessions:

10.30am to 11.30am
12pm to 1pm
2pm to 3pm
3.30pm to 4.30pm

Family activities are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The mission continues...

Don't forget to pick up a free mission handbook at the Museum and collect your sticker for 'Week 3: Target practice'.

'Summer mission: Fun and Games' continues until 31 August with different activities each week. Can you collect a sticker for all six weeks? Win a special prize for collecting three or more (available while stocks last).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/target-practice-parachutes

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The power of a poster: Abram Games and ABCA

  • 7 August 2019 6-8:30pm

During the Second World War, Abram Games created posters to remind soldiers what it was they were fighting for. Through this work, he offered a glimpse of the improved post-war society they could aspire to.

Dr Paul Rennie from Central Saint Martins will discuss these posters within their social and military context. He will demonstrate how their themes of education and social progress aligned with military objectives post-1941 and helped transform British society.

Emma Mawdsley, the lead curator of The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games, will give an introductory talk and tour of the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£12.00
Concessions: £10.00 (ticket price includes glass of wine or soft drink)

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/power-poster-abram-games-and-abca

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Target practice: Robots

  • 7 August 2019 10:30-11:30am, 12-1pm, 2-3pm, 3:30-4:30pm
  • 8 August 2019 10:30-11:30am, 12-1pm, 2-3pm, 3:30-4:30pm
  • 9 August 2019 10:30-11:30am, 12-1pm, 2-3pm, 3:30-4:30pm

Abram Games designed a number of posters to educate new soldiers and tell them how to use and look after their weapons. It was important to maintain them to ensure they fired accurately.

Programme your robot, get the angle right and fire! How much force will you need to hit your target with the trebuchet?

Collect your free ticket at the Welcome Desk for one of the following sessions:

10.30am to 11.30am
12pm to 1pm
2pm to 3pm
3.30pm to 4.30pm

Family activities are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The mission continues...

Don't forget to pick up a free mission handbook at the Museum and collect your sticker for 'Week 3: Target practice'.

'Summer mission: Fun and Games' continues until 31 August with different activities each week. Can you collect a sticker for all six weeks? Win a special prize for collecting three or more (available while stocks last).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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Churchill's Abandoned Prisoners

  • 9 August 2019 From 11:30am

In November 1919, 15 British soldiers were ordered to 'remain to the last' in Siberia after the White Government collapsed. Among them was the future corps commander Brian Horrocks, who served in the Anglo-Russian Brigade in Ekaterinburg.

The group organised the evacuation of refugees from Osk in November 1919. After saving thousands of lives, they departed on the last train out of the city before it was captured by the Red Army.

Following many incredible adventures, they were finally caught and held along with other Allied soldiers. The abandoned men became an embarrassment to the British Prime Minister David Lloyd George and War Secretary Winston Churchill, who brought in a Labour MP to negotiate with Lenin's envoy in secret meetings at Copenhagen. But the efforts to secure the soldiers' freedom were constantly thwarted.

The British prisoners were escorted east to Irkutsk, where they believed they would be released with their civilian companions. Instead, they were sent 3,500 miles to Moscow and imprisoned in three notorious jails, including the Lubjanka.

Drawing on unpublished letters, diaries and memoirs, Rupert Wieloch will explain why the British Army was in Siberia, and guide the audience through the ordeal suffered by these abandoned prisoners.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/churchills-abandoned-prisoners

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Target practice: Nerf guns

  • 10 August 2019 2-3pm, 3:15-4:15pm

Abram Games designed a number of posters to educate soldiers about the use and care of weapons. Guns had to be kept clean and maintained to fire accurately.

This Fortnite-themed hour-long nerf target practice session is run by Whizzfit, and is great fun for adults and children to do together.

Your booking must contain at least one adult ticket.

Session times:

2pm to 3pm
3.15pm to 4.15pm

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The mission continues...

Don't forget to pick up a free mission handbook at the Museum and collect your sticker for 'Week 3: Target practice'.

'Summer mission: Fun and Games' continues until 31 August with different activities each week. Can you collect a sticker for all six weeks? Win a special prize for collecting three or more (available while stocks last).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5.00 per person

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/target-practice-nerf-guns

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Please knit now

  • 12 — 17 August 2019

During the Second World War, people were asked to knit socks for soldiers. Abram Games created a poster with the slogan 'Please knit now' to help encourage this.

Get inspired and try your hand at knitting. In this workshop, you'll learn how to create your own finger-knitted snake!

Collect your free ticket at the Welcome Desk for one of the following sessions:

10.30am to 11.30am
12pm to 1pm
2pm to 3pm
3.30pm to 4.30pm

Family activities are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The mission continues...

Don't forget to pick up a free mission handbook at the Museum and collect your sticker for 'Week 4: Please knit now'.

'Summer mission: Fun and Games' continues until 31 August with different activities each week. Can you collect a sticker for all six weeks? Win a special prize for collecting three or more (available while stocks last).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/please-knit-now

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Tiny troopers: Posters

  • 12 August 2019 From 10am, From 11:15am

Sing, play and create with your little one at these fun, sensory sessions. Each month, Tiny Troopers will have a different theme. For August, we'll be inspired by the posters of Abram Games, the subject of our special exhibition.

Sessions start at 10am and 11.20am.

Why not follow your session with a visit to the Museum’s fun and engaging soft play experience, Play Base. You can book your timed Play Base tickets online.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5.00 per child

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/tiny-troopers-posters-1

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Curator tour: The art of persuasion

  • 13 August 2019 From 11am

This major exhibition explores the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as 'Official War Poster Artist' during the Second World War.

Always direct, and occasionally controversial, Games's wartime posters have left a legacy that continues to influence the art of persuasion employed by visual designers today.

Inspired by his Jewish heritage, his experiences as a soldier, and the turbulent politics of the time, Games used his talent for visual communication to recruit, educate and influence soldiers and civilians alike.

In helping to transform new conscripts into trained soldiers, encouraging support for the war effort and presenting an idealistic vision of post-war Britain, Games's work offers a fascinating picture of a nation at war.

'The art of persuasion' examines the techniques Games used to communicate his messages effectively. From stark imagery and visual puns to innovative use of the airbrush, his unique artistic approach changed the face of British graphic design.

The exhibition includes posters from the National Army Museum’s collection alongside objects on loan from the family of Abram Games.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10.50
Concessions: £9.50

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Women in khaki: The story of the ATS

  • 16 August 2019 From 11:30am

The Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) was formed in 1938 in anticipation of the need for male soldiers to be freed up for front-line service in the Second World War (1939-45). The day after the outbreak of the conflict, 17,000 women volunteered to join.

Initially, they could only work as cooks, clerks, orderlies, store women or drivers. But eventually, more than 100 different roles were open to them.

These women faced unknown dangers with the British Expeditionary Force in France. They learnt new technical skills previously unavailable to women. And they pushed the boundaries by serving on anti-aircraft batteries.

Altogether, more than 250,000 women enlisted in the ATS during the war, making it the largest of the women's armed services.

Historian and writer Tracey Ann Knight will focus on the roles these women played during the conflict, as they swapped their pinnies for khaki and served their country with pride. She will also show how they stood on the shoulders of their predecessors in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), and paved the way for the Women's Royal Army Corps (WRAC) and the women of today's British Army.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/women-khaki-story-ats

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Her Majesty's Cavalry

  • 17 August 2019 10am-4pm

Take part in an interactive workshop to learn more about their roles. Get a close-up look at their operational kit, ceremonial uniform, and weapons. Learn how they care for their horses. And find out why their job is known as the best of both worlds.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/her-majestys-cavalry

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Fighting fit: Family bootcamp

  • 19 — 23 August 2019

Can you work together to complete our series of fitness challenges?

This fun family-friendly workshop is inspired by the message of keeping fighting fit, something Abram Games's posters regularly communicated to soldiers.

Sessions start at:

11am
1pm
3pm

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Wear something comfortable!

The mission continues...

Don't forget to pick up a free mission handbook at the Museum and collect your sticker for 'Week 5: Fighting fit'.

'Summer mission: Fun and Games' continues until 31 August with different activities each week. Can you collect a sticker for all six weeks? Win a special prize for collecting three or more (available while stocks last).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5.00 per person

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/fighting-fit-family-bootcamp

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Fighting fit: Family bootcamp

  • 19 — 23 August 2019 , ,

Can you work together to complete our series of fitness challenges?

This fun family-friendly workshop is inspired by the message of keeping fighting fit, something Abram Games's posters regularly communicated to soldiers.

Sessions start at:

11am
1pm
3pm

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Wear something comfortable!

The mission continues...

Don't forget to pick up a free mission handbook at the Museum and collect your sticker for 'Week 5: Fighting fit'.

'Summer mission: Fun and Games' continues until 31 August with different activities each week. Can you collect a sticker for all six weeks? Win a special prize for collecting three or more (available while stocks last).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5.00 per person

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/fighting-fit-family-bootcamp

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The 1st Polish Armoured Division and the Falaise Pocket

  • 23 August 2019 From 11:30am

The Battle of the Falaise Pocket brought an end to the hard-fought Normandy campaign of 1944. The 1st Polish Armoured Division had arrived in Normandy in early August, and was attached to the Canadian Army during the operations around Falaise.

On 19 August, as thousands of German soldiers were escaping through the Chambois-St Lambert gap, the Poles captured a ridge overlooking their escape route, known as Hill 262.

Cut off from reinforcements and short of ammunition, 1,500 Poles from the division faced 100,000 desperate retreating German soldiers. For two days, they held out against furious German assaults until they were finally reinforced by the Canadians.

Addressing the Polish forces, who lost 350 men at Hill 262, General Bernard Montgomery said: 'The Germans were trapped as if in a bottle; you were the cork in that bottle.'

Dr Paul Latowski is a senior lecturer at Sandhurst and has edited a number of books including 'Contemporary Nationalism in East Central Europe'.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/1st-polish-armoured-division-and-falaise-pocket

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Grow your own food

  • 26 — 31 August 2019 ,

During the Second World War, Abram Games designed posters for the 'Dig for Victory' campaign. This encouraged people to grow their own food rather than relying on imports that took up vital shipping space.

In this workshop, you will make your own cress head to take home. How will you decorate the face?

Drop-in sessions:

11am to 1pm
2pm to 4pm

Family activities are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The mission continues...

Don't forget to pick up a free mission handbook at the Museum and collect your sticker for 'Week 6: Grow your own food'.

'Summer mission: Fun and Games' continues until 31 August with different activities each week. Can you collect a sticker for all six weeks? Win a special prize for collecting three or more (available while stocks last).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/grow-your-own-food

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The Walls Have Ears

  • 30 August 2019 From 11:30am

During the Second World War, British intelligence bugged the conversations of thousands of German prisoners of war at three clandestine stately homes.

At the outbreak of the conflict, the unit had started off in a special compound in the Tower of London, under the directing genius of MI6 spymaster, Thomas Kendrick.

From 1942, captured German generals were housed in luxurious conditions at Trent Park in North London, and Latimer House and Wilton Park in Buckinghamshire. Lulled into a false sense of security, they dropped their guard and inadvertently gave away some of Hitler’s most closely guarded secrets, including discussions on new German technology.

Having worked through the declassified files, historian Helen Fry sheds light on one of the least-known, but greatest deceptions of the Second World War.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/walls-have-ears

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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