Families can enjoy a range of activities at the Royal Engineers Museum this summer, all of which are based around the centenary of the First World War Armistice. Between Tuesdays and Fridays, from 24 July until 31 August, children can take part in a different fun-filled activity each day. There is an extra special treat on Fridays throughout the holidays, as history is brought to life through museum object handling sessions.
The activities are inspired by the Museum’s many existing galleries, as well as the new HLF funded exhibition ‘VC: For Valour – Sapper VCs of the First World War’, which tells the stories surrounding ten Sappers who were awarded the Victoria Cross and allows a rare opportunity for the public to see the originals on display. The summer craft sessions are both fun and educational for all ages with a wide range of activities on offer; from making replica weapons, a code wheel to send secret messages, tanks designed to move across the battlefield, to trench art. There are lots of opportunities for children to utilise a mix of skills and have fun at the same time!
Improvements in technology meant that weapons developed rapidly during the First World War. With this, came the need for armies to better protect themselves from enemy fire. During weeks five and six of the summer holidays, families can take part in crafts based around the new weaponry of the time, as well as the different ways in which Royal Engineers would use their skills to deceive the enemy.
With a different theme each week, and a different activity each day, there are plenty of opportunities for families to make a souvenir to take home and keep. Activities cost £2.00 per child per activity in addition to the standard entry price of £8.80 for adults and £4.40 for children or £23.50 for a family ticket. Admission tickets are valid for a full year and there is no limit to the number of times you can visit. See the website for full details http://www.re-museum.co.uk/event/summer-holiday-family-activities-first-world-war/.
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. It is Kent’s largest military museum with highlights including 25 Victoria Crosses, Wellington’s map of Waterloo, a huge section of the Berlin wall, Zulu War weapons, amazing bridge-laying tanks, a Harrier Jump Jet and an enormous V2 Rocket. With interactive exhibits, indoor and outdoor play areas, and a newly refurbished café and gift shop, there’s plenty for all the family whatever the weather.
The Museum is open from 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm) Tuesdays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays – full details can be found at www.re-museum.co.uk.
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