The Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham is delighted to have received a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 for the fifth year in a row. The Museum, which was opened in 1987 by Queen Elizabeth II, is dedicated to telling the story of the Royal Engineers and how they have helped the British Army live, move and fight for over 300 years.

Taking into consideration the quality, quantity and recency of user reviews, Certificate of Excellence winners must have a rating of at least four out of five stars to be successful. The Royal Engineers Museum is delighted to have achieved this again, with visitors describing the museum as “excellent”, “I give it a strong 10/10”, “Well worth a visit”, “I cannot believe I’ve never been here before, it’s a hidden gem!”, “The museum itself is huge with so much to see” and “I could spend hours in this place”, it’s easy to see why the Museum scores so highly with its visitors.

This year’s success looks set to continue, with the Museum having recently been awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a new exhibition telling the compelling story behind ten Royal Engineers who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War. As part of this project, the public will be able to take part in a series of workshops where they can help to shape the exhibition. There will also be an opportunity for the public to get involved with the 5000 Poppies project later in the year. Following the 2017 Poppy project, which culminated in over 20,000 poppies being produced, the project team is aiming for 100,000 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War armistice. As well as the usual displays, there is also a full programme of school holiday family activities and fun events.

Graham Hukins, Operations and Commercial Manager said “We are delighted to have received this accolade and it is testament to the level of customer service that we strive to achieve. Our visitors are at the centre of what we do and we are pleased to say that the Museum is well-supported in the local community, although there is still work to be done in terms of letting people know what a great day out there is to be had here. Trip Advisor is a great way for our visitors to provide an unbiased view of their experience and so we are delighted to receive such fantastic feedback”.

The Museum tells the story of the Corps of Royal Engineers and how essential their role has been to the British Army for the past 300 years. It 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 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 whatever the weather.

The Museum is open from 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm) Tuesdays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.