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National Lottery #ThanksToYou
December 4 - December 7
We will be throwing open our doors for free to National Lottery players on Tuesday 4 – Friday 7 December as part of the National Lottery’s #ThanksToYou campaign. We are 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, National Lottery grants via the Heritage Lottery Fund helped the Museum revamp our Early Engineers and Waterloo Map galleries as well as stage this year’s major VC: For Valour exhibition which runs until 21 December.
2018 Marks the centenary of the Armistice which brought the First World War to an end. We are marking the anniversary with a major exhibition and community-based project focusing on the Sapper Victoria Crosses of the First World War. The ten original VCs won by soldiers of the Royal Engineers during the War and which are held by the Museum are on display as part of the exhibition. Displays and artefacts tell the stories that surround the awards and the lives of the Engineers, both before and after the acts of valour that were rewarded by the Victoria Cross.
Housed in a cutting-edge display opened as part of our commemorations for Waterloo 200, the map was used by the Duke of Wellington before Waterloo to inform his decision as to where to fight the battle. It still bears the Duke’s pencil marks!
The display features modern technology including a “smart glass” display case which blocks harmful UV light when the map is not being viewed and becomes clear when visitors are present. The state-of-the art system is used in just a handful of museums around the world. The Gallery also includes an engaged interactive touchscreen providing a unique view into the events of the day and the lead up to the battle, as well as a chance to explore the map in great detail.
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 £7.8bn 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 4 and 7 December will receive free admission!