5 Dec 2017

The Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham will be throwing open its doors for free to National Lottery players on Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13, Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December as part of the National Lottery’s #ThanksToYou campaign.   The Museum is one of 350 participating National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK in saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.


In recent years, over £65,000 from National Lottery grants via the Heritage Lottery Fund has helped the Museum modernise its Early Engineers galleries including new display cases and the addition of models to help tell the story of siege-craft and the design and construction of castle and historic defences. A series of interactive exhibits were also added which allow families to explore history and engineering, while another project engaged the local community and recorded oral histories allowing visitors to hear memories about life in and around Brompton Barracks.


Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:  “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994.  This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”


Any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard between 12 and 17 December will receive free admission!


The Museum tells the story of the Royal Engineers and how they have helped the British Army live, move and fight for over 300 years and participation in the special scheme will be the Museum’s final special activity for 2017; the Museum will close on Friday 22 December and re-open on Saturday 20 January 2018.


The Museum is Kent’s largest military museum with highlights including 25 Victoria Crosses, Wellington’s map of Waterloo, Zulu War weapons, amazing bridge-laying tanks, a Harrier Jump Jet, a large section of the Berlin Wall and an enormous V2 Rocket. With interactive exhibits, indoor and outdoor play areas, café and gift shop, there’s plenty for all the family!  Normal admission prices are £8.40 for adults, £5.70 for children and senior citizens and £22.50 for a family ticket – full details can be found at .


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