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January 2016

EXHIBITION: THE GREAT LINES

January 21 - April 17
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Immerse yourself in this exhibition by local artist Chris Norman, which aims to highlight the beauty that can be found in the heart of urban Medway. The Great Lines Heritage Park and other historic sites which were once very important for the defence of Chatham Dockyard and indeed the entire realm, have today been reborn for leisure and enjoyment. This collection of paintings draws attention to this great (and free) asset, which is for everyone to (RE)discover. Luckily for us…

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February 2016

FAMILY ACTIVITIES: Chinese New Year

February 16 - February 19
Royal Engineers Museum,
Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham, Kent ME4 4UG United Kingdom
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Times: 10:00am – 1pm and 1.30pm- 3:30pm Throughout the half term holidays join us as we run a host of FREE* family-friendly creative events, celebrating Chinese New Year. Inspired by Charles Gordon and the RE’s close connection with China, help frighten the mythical beast Nian away. Tuesday 16th February. Mythological Nian Kite. The legend goes that the Nian used to terrorise villages in China before being scared away for good by the villagers. The villagers fixed red paper all over…

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March 2016

FAMILY ACTIVITIES: Sapper 300

March 29 - April 8
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29th March – 8th 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…

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May 2016

FAMILY ACITIVIES: Become a Zulu Warrior!

May 31 - June 1
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Zulu warriors were traditionally formed into regiments by age. Join us this holiday and transform yourself into a Zulu warrior in our FREE* family-friendly drop in events inspired by our fascinating collections. Time: 10:00am – 1pm and 1.30pm- 3:30pm Tuesday 31st May – Zulu Shields All Zulu warriors must have a shield to defend themselves, but the patterns were used to identify which regiment you belonged to. Design your own personalised shield to identify your regiment. Wednesday 1st June –…

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June 2016

EXHIBITION: Sappers and the Somme

June 25 - December 20
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This exhibition will commemorate the contribution of the Royal Engineers in supporting the Army at the Battle of the Somme. Their actions included tunnelling into enemy territory, surveying the area to reflect a constantly changing battlefield and using experimental technologies like flamethrowers (to name but a few). The Royal Engineers were key to the Army’s efforts at the Somme.

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