Events

The Tragedy of Gallipoli

Thursday 24th April 7pm

In its epilogue the British Official History of Gallipoli, published in 1932, noted that, ‘The drama of the Dardanelles campaign, by reason of the beauty of its setting, the grandeur of its theme and the unhappiness of its ending, will always rank amongst the world’s classic tragedies’. The tragedy is often held to lie in an agonising sequence of events that was often repeated during the eight months of the military campaign, with fleeting opportunities seeming to slip constantly through everyone’s fingers. If grasped with both hands and exploited, they might have made a difference and, had the scales of fortune had just tipped the other way, then victory would have fallen to the British and Imperial forces and great things achieved. But in this talk, Nigel Steel relates a different story, of a campaign that could never succeed. Before the first soldier landed on the beaches of the Peninsula on 25 April 1915, all realistic chances of defeating the Ottoman Empire and capturing Istanbul had disappeared, and that was what the campaign was really intended to do. On the eve of ‘Anzac Day’ which traditionally commemorates the date of the first landings, Nigel will show how the real tragedy of Gallipoli was that it was over before it had begun.

For bookings please contact us: 01634 822312

First World War Battlefield Tour Groups

January 2014 - November 2018

This special offer for groups/societies will focus on the Royal Engineer’s involvement in the First World War. The offer includes a special group rate, a short introductory talk, a handling session showcasing First World War artefacts from the collection and time to visit the Museum galleries. This is perfect for those starting a visit to, or coming back from the battlefields, or those interested in learning more about the Royal Engineers and the incredible part they played during the War.

For more information or to book this offer please call: 01634 822312.
 

‘Swing Back In Time’ at the Royal Engineers Museum

24th May 2014

Dust off those dancing shoes and join us at the Royal Engineers Museum for an evening full of energetic swing dancing in celebration of World Lindy Hop Day and as part of the annual Museums at Night festival.  This evening looks to be an entertaining and fun night appealing to dancers and non-dancers alike.

Kick off the evening with a sensational lindy hop lesson led by Medway Lindy Hopper instructors then dance the night away to the sound of the Roger Luxton’s Dance Band. Listen to the delightful voices of The Susie Qs. Witness incredible performances by Medway Lindy Hoppers. Browse the in-house vintage market for those all-important vintage and retro clothes and accessories.  Have your hair whipped up into a vintage style and finish of the look with vintage makeup (additional charge). Sip tea and eat cakes in our popup vintage Dotty'sTearoom (additional charge).

Suitable for age 16+

Booking is essential as places are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment. To reserve a place call: 01634822312

Tickets: Lesson and Dancing £12 (lesson starts prompt 7pm) Dancing £10 (from 8pm)

Time: Lesson 7pm – 8pm, Dancing  8pm - midnight 
 

Time Bleeds First World War Family Activities

27th - 30th May 2014

‘What happens if we forget?’.  Uncover the contents of the pockets of a First World War Royal Engineers greatcoat and unravel his story. Discover what it meant to have a ‘Fumsup’ good luck charm and craft your own to gain a lasting memory of his story.

Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm

Bridge Building Father’s Day Competition

14th - 15th June 2014

This Father’s Day, give dad a day to remember at the Royal Engineers Museum. Spend time with the family and take part in a fun bridge building competition. Using a variety of materials, see who can use their engineering skills to build the strongest bridge to carry all their family across the pretend River Medway.

Time: 11.30am – 4pm

Kitchener’s Army Weekend

2nd - 3rd August 2014

‘Your Country Needs You?’. Join living historians to recreate the 'recruiting boom' at Brompton Barracks in August 1914 and make history come to life! Find out if you could meet the strict specifications for joining the army in 1914 by coming face to face with a Royal Engineers recruiting officer. Take part in basic training techniques and discover what specialisms you could have been trained in.  

Time: 10.30am – 5.00pm

First World War Family Activities

29th July - 29th August 2014 (Excluding Mondays)

‘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

Film Screening: ‘Oh What a Lovely War’

23rd August 2014

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
 

Heritage Open Day 2014

14th September 2014

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

 

Berlin Wall Art Family Activities

28th - 31st October 2014

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

War Time Christmas Weekend

13th - 14th December 2014

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

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