Royal Engineer, General Gordon, will serve as inspiration for family activities at the Royal Engineers Museum, in Gillingham this February, as celebrations around the Chinese New Year commence.   


To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Royal Engineers Museum will be hosting a series of Chinese-inspired family activities between Tuesday 13 and Sunday 18 February. The museum holds a prestigious Chinese collection which is closely associated with the famous Royal Engineer, General Charles Gordon. Gordon joined the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1852 and soon became a national hero, earning the nicknames ‘Gordon of Khartoum’ and ‘Chinese Gordon’ because of his international exploits.

Activities will kick off on Tuesday 13 February with visitors being able to decorate a jacket-shaped trinket box, and on Wednesday they can take inspiration from the Museum’s Chinese silks collection and turn a fabric shoulder bag into a stunning work of art. In keeping with the Chinese Year of the Dog, on Thursday there will be an opportunity to make a non-sew sock dog to take home. You can also l

earn more about Museum Mascot, Snob the Dog – where he came from and how he got his nickname! On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be an opportunity to make a Chinese Official’s Chao Guan hat just like General Gordon’s, complete with tassels, feathers and gem stones.

The half-term activities cost £2.00 per child per activity in addition to the standard entry prices of £4.40 for children, £8.80 for adults, £7.00 for senior citizens and students, or £23.50 for a family ticket. Admission tickets are valid for a full year – full details can be found at www.re-museum.co.uk. There is plenty to see at the Museum which tells the story of the Royal Engineers and how they have helped the British Army live, move and fight for over 300 years.  It is Kent’s largest military museum and, in addition to the Chinese collection, highlights include 25 Victoria Crosses, Wellington’s map of Waterloo, Zulu War weapons, amazing bridge-laying tanks, a huge piece of the Berlin Wall, a Harrier Jump Jet and an enormous V2 Rocket. With interactive exhibits, indoor and outdoor play areas, café and gift shop, there’s plenty for all the family!