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December 2018

Wartime Christmas Weekend

December 8 @ 10:00 am - December 9 @ 5:00 pm
Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham, Kent ME7 1UR United Kingdom
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Join us on 8 and 9 December to discover how Christmas was celebrated during the Second World War. Special displays and living history demonstrations will capture the ambience of 1940’s Christmas festivities including • Cooking Christmas Dinner on rations! • Sapper’s Santa’s Grotto • Lindy Hop dancing • 1940s Hairdressing There are also costumed re-enactors, family activities, a vintage market, historical talks and entertainment from the Brompton Military Wives’ Choir (Sunday only) Included in standard admission price – buy your…

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National Lottery #ThanksToYou

December 4 - December 7
Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham, Kent ME7 1UR United Kingdom
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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…

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November 2018

Play: Thirty-odd feet below Belgium

November 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham, Kent ME7 1UR United Kingdom
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An affair in letters in the Great War 1915-1916 BOOK TICKETS Thirty-odd feet below Belgium is a small-scale theatre production that fuses performance with projected animation to share the true story of Edith Ainscow & Geoffrey Boothby during the First World War. When Arthur discovers a locked wooden chest filled with letters in late mother’s house, an unlikely tale of young love is uncovered. After spending only four incomplete days together, Geoffrey is sent to the Front to work for the Royal Engineer…

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Lecture: Gas! Gas! Quick Boys!

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham, Kent ME7 1UR United Kingdom
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The Museum's Collections Manager, Danielle Sellers, will discuss the development of the Special Companies and Gas Warfare during the First World War. Arrive anytime from 5.00pm as the Museum will remain open exclusively for those attending the lecture.  There's time to explore the galleries and visit our special exhibition "VC: For Valour.  Sapper VCs of the First World War".   The evening is included in standard admission prices - book your annual ticket here. The lecture itself will commence at 7.00pm. Tea…

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Friends of the Museum – AUTUMN PRESENTATION

November 4 @ 2:00 pm

Martin Stoneham will speak on the subject of Actions on the Sambre-Oise Canal - 4 Nov 1918 On this day in 1918 three Royal Engineers were amongst a number of individuals who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their actions during the crossing the Sambre-Oise canal in France. The Battle of Sambre was fought along the Sambre-Oise canal around Ors, Landrecies and the huge Forest of Mormal.  The canal represented a significant obstacle to the British advance and the Royal…

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October 2018

October Half Term – Family Activities – Poppy Making

October 23 @ 10:30 am - October 28 @ 3:30 pm
Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham, Kent ME7 1UR United Kingdom
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To mark the centenary of the end of WWI, there’s a chance for children to get creative making poppies from a variety of materials. Make two – one to take home and one to include in our forthcoming 5,000 Poppies exhibition The activities are included in standard admission prices  and run between 10.30 and 3.30 from Tuesday 23 - Sunday 28 October.   Tuesday 23 October:  Printed Poppies In 1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders were ripped open as World War…

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Lecture: The Entente alliance and the end of the First World War

October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham, Kent ME7 1UR United Kingdom
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By the end of 1918 the nations of the Entente alliance stood victorious on the Western Front. Through their joint efforts the German army had been beaten into submission. However, the year had begun with a series of German attacks that threatened to bring the alliance to its knees. In this talk Dr Chris Kempshall will show how relations between Britain, France, and America survived the Spring Offensives and delivered victory in the Autumn. Arrive anytime from 5.00pm as the…

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September 2018

Lecture: Mons 1914, The First Sapper VCs

September 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham, Kent ME7 1UR United Kingdom
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The first in our Autumn series of lectures to mark the First World War and the Victoria Cross, Cpl Munday RM will speak on the actions of Captain Wright and Corporal Jarvis at Mons in 1914, exploring how and why they were called upon to go above and beyond. Arrive anytime from 5.00pm as the Museum will remain open exclusively for those attending the lecture.  There's time to explore the galleries and visit our special exhibition "VC: For Valour.  Sapper VCs…

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100 Days Offensive Touring Exhibition

September 12 - October 2
Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham, Kent ME7 1UR United Kingdom
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A Heritage Lottery Funded touring exhibition, highlighting the particular roles played by the Intelligence Corps, the Medical Corps, the Royal Signals, the Royal Army Physical Training Corps and the Corps of Royal Engineers during the 100 Days Offensive, which ultimately led to the end of the First World War. Included in standard admission price.

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October 2018

Time Capsule by Esther Johnson

October 1 - October 14

Local artist Esther Johnson holds her first ever exhibition from August 2018 at the Royal Engineers Museum! Featuring original pieces currently featured in Chatham Dockyard, Fort Amherst and our very own Museum gift shops, allowing visitors to get a unique opportunity of seeing the creative process from inspiration to final product. What inspires me as an Artist? There is a certain charm when visiting an old factory or building that has been preserved so well that you are taken back in…

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