‘Royal Engineers Go to War’ Join us as we reveal the extent of Royal Engineers involvement in the First World War. Discover interesting facts about different specialisms such as transportation, tunnelling, surveying, chemical warfare, camouflage and the postal service. Find out how the war affected people’s lives locally in Medway.
Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
29th July – 1st August Now you see me…
During the First World War, the potential of camouflage was recognised. The Royal Engineers established the “Special Works Park” and came up with many ways of disguising the army and its activities. Join us for our camouflage events including crafting dummy heads, making an observation tree and creating a deception tank.
5th – 8th August Special delivery!
The postal service was incredibly important in the war, not just for officers but to keep up the morale of the soldiers. Help us by censoring letters, designing stamps and even writing your own letter home from the front line.
12th – 15th August Surveying and communication
Knowing the landscape and where the enemy was situated was extremely important during the war. It was the job of the Royal Engineers to create maps for the soldiers and to make sure vital information could be communicated. Learn how to create your own maps, crack Morse code and spot the enemy camps.
19th – 22nd August Ready, Aim!
The Royal Engineers were in charge of developing new weapons and defending soldiers against them. Create a gas mask to protect your teddies, make a periscope and find out about chemical warfare.
26th – 29th August Fieldwork
The Royal Engineers were involved in many aspects of the field from creating accommodation for soldiers, constructing trenches and underground warfare. Discover the dangers of mining, find out how trenches were made and create a soldiers’ accommodation.
Join us for a special film screening of ‘Oh! What A Lovely War’, portraying some of the more famous and infamous incidents of the First World War. Mark Connolley, Professor of Modern British History at University of Kent, will introduce the film and give a short presentation of his research into some of the events portrayed in the film.
Suitable for age 16+
Booking is essential as places are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment. To reserve a place call: 01634822312
Tickets: £10 (includes refreshments)
Time: 6pm (Film beings promptly at 7pm)
Run Time: 137 minutes
FREE talk on the Royal Engineers involvement in the First World War as part of the National Heritage Open Day weekend.
Booking is essential as places are limited, place please book early to avoid disappointment. To reserve a place call: 01634822312
Talk Times: 12.00-13.00 and 14.30-15.30
During October half term we will be focusing on the street art which covered the largest canvas in the world, the Berlin wall. Discover why the wall was popular with artists from all over the world and what styles and techniques they were using to create street art. Even the youngest of visitors will have plenty of inspiration to contribute to the Museum’s expressive mural.
Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Join us this Christmas at the Royal Engineers Museum to find out how Christmas time was celebrated during the Second World War.
Time: 10.30am – 5.00pm