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FAMILY ACTIVITIES: Sapper 300

March 29, 2016 - April 15, 2016

29th March – 15th April, 2016 (excluding weekends)

This Easter marks the 300th anniversary of the Corps of Royal Engineers. Join us for family fun activities from castle building to tank construction to celebrate 300 years of the RE’s Time: 10:00am – 1pm and 1.30pm- 3:30pm history.


Tuesday 29th March – Castle Construction
Learn about fortifications, become an early engineer, build a model medieval castle, complete with towers, gatehouse and keep. You will be building with clay so be ready to get those hands dirty to make the strongest castle.

Wednesday 30th March – Waterloo Drums
Drums were an important part of the battlefield communication systems, with various drum rolls used to signal different commands from officers to troops. Make your own example of a military drum fit for any young drummer boy.

Thursday 31th March – Shako Hat
Shako’s became a common military headdress, worn by the armies of Europe and the Americas from the 1800s, as they provided some protection for the soldier’s head. Build your own Belgic shako headdress with feathers or a ball plume attached at the top.

Friday 1st April – Camera Obscura
‘Camera Obscuras’ were one of the inventions that helped towards the development of the camera and photographs. Experience the optical phenomenon of projected images by constructing a ‘Camera Obscura’.

Tuesday 5th April – FA Cup Winners
The Royal Engineers have a great sporting history. They even played in the first two FA Cup finals, winning the second of those in 1875. The ‘football cap’ was given to players from each team at the start of each game as a souvenir of the game. The cap is still used as a football term given to players at international football games. Join us to make your own 1875 ’football cap’ out of felt.

Wednesday 6th April – Japanese Armour and Swords
The Royal Engineers have been all over the world during their 300 year history. They have collected items from their travels, such as a magnificent Japanese Samurai sword which is now on display. Japanese Samurai warriors were respected for their skills as warriors. Inspired by the Museum’s collections design your own Japanese body armour and sward.

Thursday 7th April – Berlin Wall Street Art
The Berlin wall was built during the cold war to stop movement between West and East Berlin, however the people of the West used the wall as a large canvas for their street art. One of the most common ways people created street art on the Berlin wall was by using stencils they had created. Cut out your own stencil design to create your masterpiece.

Friday 8th April – Model Tank
Tanks have had many roles in the British Army. The Royal Engineers have used them to bridge gaps, transport materials and fulfil a variety of tasks. Build your own tank, featuring turrets, tracks and guns.

Tuesday 12th April – Castle Construction
Learn about fortifications, become an early engineer, build a model medieval castle, complete with towers, gatehouse and keep. You will be building with clay so be ready to get those hands dirty to make the strongest castle.

Wednesday 13th April – Waterloo Drums
Drums were an important part of the battlefield communication systems, with various drum rolls used to signal different commands from officers to troops. Make your own example of a military drum fit for any young drummer boy.

Thursday 14th April – Shako Hat
Shako’s became a common military headdress, worn by the armies of Europe and the Americas from the 1800s, as they provided some protection for the soldier’s head. Build your own Belgic shako headdress with feathers or a ball plume attached at the top.

Friday 15th April – Camera Obscura
‘Camera Obscuras’ were one of the inventions that helped towards the development of the camera and photographs. Experience the optical phenomenon of projected images by constructing a ‘Camera Obscura’.

Details

Start:
March 29, 2016
End:
April 15, 2016

Organiser

Royal Engineers Museum
Phone:
01634 822839
Website:
http://www.re-museum.co.uk

Venue

Royal Engineers Museum
Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham, Kent ME4 4UG United Kingdom
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Phone:
01634 822839
Website:
http://www.re-museum.co.uk