Events, Exhibitions & Activities

We have a varied programme throughout 2019 with something to suit all interests and age groups. Highlights include our Spring Exhibition The Sapper as Artist, Shocking Electricity in the Summer, the popular, annual Medway Model Show and the Wartime Christmas Weekend.  There are many, many more besides – see the events page for a full list.


10 Jan – 21 April 2019 Primed brings four unique graduating photographers from the University for the Creative Arts Rochester, in collaboration with the Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive for an exhibition that celebrates Royal Engineers soldiers in both the past and present. Enlightening aspects of war and history using archival materials, Primed shines light on areas of war … Read More

The Sapper as Artist

February 5 – June 23 2019 The Sapper as Artist will showcase some of the thousands of rarely-seen paintings, drawings and sketches in the Museum’s archive. As surveyors and map makers, Royal Engineers were taught military sketching and the pieces on display show not only the exceptional skill and training but also the imagination and passion that took the artwork beyond … Read More

Shocking Electricity

July 9 – September 1 See the exhibition room transformed into a laboratory with weird and wonderful experiments to spark the imagination as the Museum plays host to a series of extraordinary and entertaining demonstrations for all ages. Get hands on and make an explosion using just water or experiment with circuits, generators, magnets and plasma globes!  Will you dare to … Read More

5,000 Poppies

A Community Tribute of Respect and Remembrance. November 6 – December 21 Following the overwhelming response to the 5,000 Poppies project which ultimately saw over 20,000 knitted, crocheted and felt poppies crafted by local people displayed at the Museum in the autumn of 2017, the project team and the community has created an even bigger display to commemorate the 100th … Read More

VC: For Valour – Sapper VCs of the First World War

July 3rd – December 21st 2018 Marks the centenary of the Armistice which brought the First World War to an end. We will be marking the anniversary with a major exhibition and community-based project focusing on the Sapper Victoria Crosses of the First World War. Supported by a grant of £10,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), VC: For Valour – … Read More

A Lasting Peace for Medway

The Museum is collaborating on a new Community project: A Lasting Peace for Medway. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, we will be running a year long course of art workshops at the Museum, finishing with an exhibition of participants’ artwork in autumn 2019. Hosted by local artist Tina Lawlor Mottram, the workshops will focus on creating a sense of … Read More


New for 2019, the Museum will be open EVERY DAY during School Holidays* with activities for children. This means that, in addition to be open on Tuesdays – Sundays, we will be open on the following Mondays: 18 Feb 8, 15 & 22 Apr 6 & 27 May 29 July 5, 12, 19 & 26 Aug 21 Oct OPEN 10.00am … Read More

MUSEUM HIGHLIGHT: Wellington’s Waterloo Map

No visit to the Museum would be complete without seeing one of our star objects; the Waterloo Map.  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 … Read More