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The National Army Museum is a leading authority on the British Army and its impact on society past and present. We examine the army's role as protector, aggressor and peacekeeper from the British Civil Wars to the modern day. Through our collections we preserve and share stories of ordinary people with extraordinary responsibilities. We explore the role of the army and its relevance today. We aim to be a first class museum that moves, inspires, challenges, educates and entertains. The National Army Museum is a fun, interactive space for all the family. Our engaging museum experience reaches out to all. We want to connect the British public with its army, regardless of age, gender, race and religion. The new National Army Museum is for everyone, no matter what they think about the British Army. So what's new? We now showcase the breadth and depth of our collections in new and engaging ways. We explore thoughts and ideas as well as real stories of real people. And we challenge the way people think about the British Army and their relationship with it. Find out more online www.nam.ac.uk

What do all of these everyday objects have in common?They all protected a soldier from considerable harm in battle, simp...
13/12/2019

What do all of these everyday objects have in common?

They all protected a soldier from considerable harm in battle, simply by being in the right place at the right time.

As it's #Fridaythe13th, we thought we'd explore some GOOD luck objects, and explore luck and superstition in the Army: https://bit.ly/2PBN0Ak

Do you have any lucky charms or objects you keep with you, in battle or elsewhere? We'd love it if you shared pics and stories...

Reminder that there's a little thing happening today. During the Second World War, serving soldier #AbramGames served as...
12/12/2019

Reminder that there's a little thing happening today.

During the Second World War, serving soldier #AbramGames served as "Official War Poster Artist". In 1944 he produced this poster encouraging soldiers to vote: https://bit.ly/36sxg9J

#GeneralElection2019

Do you have any memories, stories or artefacts relating to the Second World War? Next Saturday, drop by the museum and s...
06/12/2019
Second World War heritage day | National Army Museum

Do you have any memories, stories or artefacts relating to the Second World War?

Next Saturday, drop by the museum and share them with us as part of a collecting project with the University of Oxford, Their Finest Hour. Experts will also be present to provide information and answer any questions you have about you or your family's experiences during the war.

https://bit.ly/2QTLxYr

Share your memories and artefacts relating to the Second World War as part of a collecting project with the University of Oxford.

Next Wednesday, join Dr Peter Caddick-Adams as he presents a panoramic new account of one of the Second World War's most...
04/12/2019
Sand and Steel: A New History of D-Day | National Army Museum

Next Wednesday, join Dr Peter Caddick-Adams as he presents a panoramic new account of one of the Second World War's most important campaigns, D-Day.

In this talk, he will discuss the experiences of every major military force involved in the operation and will look at the impact on the lives of Britons back at home, revealing how sleepy villages in the Home Counties were transformed into bustling military outposts.

https://bit.ly/2YcKynN

Dr Peter Caddick-Adams presents a panoramic new account of one of the Second World War's most important campaigns.

#NATO marks its 70th anniversary this year.  As leaders meet in London today at #NatoEngages, we explore the longstandin...
03/12/2019
Nato and the British Army | National Army Museum

#NATO marks its 70th anniversary this year. As leaders meet in London today at #NatoEngages, we explore the longstanding relationship between NATO and British Army, from Germany to Afghanistan: https://bit.ly/2r0Llwh

Nato has been the cornerstone of British defence planning for 70 years. Originally formed in the 1940s as a bulwark against communism, more recently it has been involved in peacekeeping roles and the ‘war on terror’.

Any plans for next weekend? If you're a fan of dancing and drinking, don't miss our Christmas-themed ‘40s dance night th...
30/11/2019
Jingle bell jive | National Army Museum

Any plans for next weekend? If you're a fan of dancing and drinking, don't miss our Christmas-themed ‘40s dance night this Sunday!

If you came to our D-Day dance, you'll know what a fun evening we have in store.

Jive back in time with Swingdance UK, get the '40s style with hair and makeup artists Pretty Me Vintage on hand all night and be ready to be shaking and shimmying to the best live music from South London Jazz Orchestra. What are you waiting for?

https://bit.ly/2DadFyB

Jive back in time for an evening of swing and gin at our authentic Christmas-themed ‘40s dance night.

Today's #ExploreArchives theme is #ArchivesAtSea. Continuing our Crimea theme, This lithograph shows the hospital at Scu...
28/11/2019

Today's #ExploreArchives theme is #ArchivesAtSea. Continuing our Crimea theme, This lithograph shows the hospital at Scutari, on the Bosphorous coast, where Florence Nightingale worked during the Crimean War. Her lamp and other items are in our collection: https://bit.ly/37Qquwf

The Crimean War marked some of the first systematic photographic documentation of conflict. Photographers like Roger Fen...
27/11/2019

The Crimean War marked some of the first systematic photographic documentation of conflict. Photographers like Roger Fenton captured the action throughout the war. His travelling darkroom was a converted wine merchant's van.

Fenton mostly captured camp life. You can look at lots of his photographs on our online collections database: https://bit.ly/2QXGAOy #ExploreYourArchive #ActionArchives

"It is in your power to put up a prayer for me and that is all you or I can do...I know I have many, many dangers to und...
26/11/2019

"It is in your power to put up a prayer for me and that is all you or I can do...I know I have many, many dangers to undergo"

Today's Crimean War themed #ExploreYourArchive post is a cross-written letter from Hospital Sergeant Frederick Newman, posted to the Crimea in November 1854. He died of fever the following month.

In the letter he complains about the Cross-writing was a way of saving on paper. You read the first section as normal, then rotated the paper 90 degrees to read the rest.

Find out more about the Crimean War and the British Army: https://bit.ly/2OlnkJ4

The Charge of the Light Brigade took place 165 years ago last month. The order that launched it is in our Battle gallery...
25/11/2019

The Charge of the Light Brigade took place 165 years ago last month. The order that launched it is in our Battle gallery: https://bit.ly/2qAdeep

It's #ExploreYourArchives week so explore ours here to find out more about the Crimean War: there's loads more in our collections: https://bit.ly/2OC6zrK

National Army Museum's cover photo
25/11/2019

National Army Museum's cover photo

Iain MacGregor's talk on his  groundbreaking new history of Checkpoint Charlie next Friday is sold out, BUT there are ti...
24/11/2019
Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the most dangerous place on Earth | National Army Museum

Iain MacGregor's talk on his groundbreaking new history of Checkpoint Charlie next Friday is sold out, BUT there are tix on the door if you turn up early. So if you want to hear about the Berlin Infantry Brigade, and those who built, crossed and guarded the Wall...: https://bit.ly/2D4CFau

SOLD OUT: Marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Iain MacGregor discusses his ground-breaking new history of Checkpoint Charlie.

It's #ExploreYourArchive week! Today's theme is #SweetArchives.  Here, Sapper Frederick Tomlinson of The Royal Corps of ...
23/11/2019

It's #ExploreYourArchive week! Today's theme is #SweetArchives. Here, Sapper Frederick Tomlinson of The Royal Corps of Engineers and some fellow soldiers enjoy some watermelons🍉. It's Egypt in 1954 and they're sitting at the banks of the appropriately named Sweetwater Canal in the Suez Canal Zone.

Between 1945 and 1956, British soldiers garrisoned bases on the Suez Canal in Egypt. As well as being subjected to regular attacks by local nationalists, they endured disease and a harsh climate. This made Suez one of the most unpopular Army postings: https://bit.ly/2DadFyB

20/11/2019
Old Soldier Meets Young Soldier | The Gap

Great interview here in @TheLADBIbIe_ The Gap series: John Dennet, 95, and Ste Nicholls, 34, share their experiences of frontline service, 60 years apart. They discuss feelings towards the enemy, mental health and public perception of soldiers. https://youtu.be/uSTdUqgIdyk

The Gap is a window into different lives and different generations. Two people, of vastly different ages, discuss a shared experience that impacted their liv...

Only 5 more days of our #AbramGames exhibition! You only need to look at the hashtag to see how much visitors have been ...
19/11/2019

Only 5 more days of our #AbramGames exhibition! You only need to look at the hashtag to see how much visitors have been enjoying our comprehensive exhibition of the iconic designer's wartime works. Don't miss out! Book now before it closes on Sunday: https://bit.ly/2Hn6TJ1

This Thursday join Lieutenant General Peter Duffell as he launches his new book celebrating 200 years of Gurkha service ...
18/11/2019
Gurkha Odyssey: Campaigning for the Crown | National Army Museum

This Thursday join Lieutenant General Peter Duffell as he launches his new book celebrating 200 years of Gurkha service to the Crown during this free event.

'Gurkha Odyssey' focuses on the military service of the Gurkha soldier that fought costly campaigns on behalf of the British Crown - campaigns that earned the Gurkha regiments over a hundred battle honours.

https://bit.ly/370PLDl

Join Lieutenant General Peter Duffell as he launches his new book celebrating 200 years of Gurkha service to the Crown.

18/11/2019
The art of persuasion exhibition visitors' views

⏳Only 6 more days left of our exhibition, The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games⌛️

Come along this week or weekend for your last chance to see this incredible collection of posters made for soldiers and civilians alike, by serving soldier and iconic designer Abram Games: https://bit.ly/2COFdcQ

We're about to mention A Christmassy Thing. We know it's early. BUT it's for a good reason as December gets booked up an...
16/11/2019

We're about to mention A Christmassy Thing. We know it's early. BUT it's for a good reason as December gets booked up and we don't want you to miss our Jingle Bell Jive with @SLJO_London, @swingdanceuk & @prettymevintage. Book now and jitterbug our way...https://bit.ly/33Teyar

15/11/2019
The Danger Tree

Wondering what to do this weekend? Come and see our immersive new FREE exhibition, #TheDangerTree, which explores loss, honour and hope through art. Here, one of our reenactors in WW1 uniform is looking at an artwork. https://bit.ly/2BHuQq

Have you checked our latest exhibition, The Danger Tree? Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in personal stor...
15/11/2019
The Danger Tree | National Army Museum

Have you checked our latest exhibition, The Danger Tree?

Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in personal stories from the First World War with this captivating display of oil paintings and augmented reality. Through tablets and headphones, interact with the soldiers' experiences and hear soldiers' stories narrated by actors like Sean Bean and Christopher Eccleston.

https://bit.ly/2Qqq8Gn

Immerse yourself in personal stories from the First World War with this captivating display of oil paintings and augmented reality.

11/11/2019
Sgt Stuart Laing playing The Last Post

As we marked the 100th #ArmisticeDay today with a schools service of Remembrance, Sgt Stuart Laing of 1st Battalion @WelshGuards played The Last Post.

The bugle Sgt Laing used is over 104 years old. It was used during the First World War and was reportedly dug up at the Somme.

Today and tomorrow, we commemorate the fallen. The National Army Museum also honours all who have served in our Army—bot...
10/11/2019

Today and tomorrow, we commemorate the fallen.

The National Army Museum also honours all who have served in our Army—both the fallen and those who came home—not just on #RemembranceSunday, but every day.

09/11/2019
Berlin Wall section moves to National Army Museum

What does it take for a museum to move a really large, heavy object? #OnThisDay in 1989, the Berlin Wall symbolically 'fell'. To mark the anniversary, we've installed a section of it in our collection in our Foyer for you to see.

The fall of the wall and German re-unification signalled both the end of the post-World War Two Allied and Soviet occupation of Germany and the subsequent Cold War. The wall's demise also marked the end of an era for the British Army. Since 1945 the Army had, alongside its NATO Allies, trained and prepared for an armoured war with the Warsaw Pact countries in Germany.

This section of the wall was presented to the National Army Museum By 62 Transport and Movements Squadron The Royal Logistic Corps (BERLIN) 1945 - 1994.

Here's its journey to the museum... #BerlinWall30

All those heading out into the chill for #GuyFawkesNight #FireworksNight, #BonfireNight or whatever you want to call it:...
05/11/2019

All those heading out into the chill for #GuyFawkesNight #FireworksNight, #BonfireNight or whatever you want to call it: have fun. But also, please be careful: https://bit.ly/2qo15st

🎆These beautiful fireworks are from Baghdad's peace celebrations 100 years ago.🎇

🔥🍁🍂🎠

Join us on Friday as Andrew Richards tells the story of Reverend David Railton, the first who suggested a memorial to th...
05/11/2019
Reverend David Railton MC and the Unknown Warrior | National Army Museum

Join us on Friday as Andrew Richards tells the story of Reverend David Railton, the first who suggested a memorial to those fallen servicemen and women with no known grave.

Drawing on personal letters and unpublished papers, Andrew takes a new look at the grave of the Unknown Warrior, through the lens of Railton's life and wartime experiences.

https://bit.ly/2JyUkdP

Andrew Richards tells the story of the First World War chaplain who first suggested a memorial to those fallen servicemen and women with no known grave.

"Machine-guns chuckled—Tut-tut! Tut-tut! And the Big Gun guffawed." Poet Wilfred Owen was killed in action #OnThisDay in...
04/11/2019

"Machine-guns chuckled—Tut-tut! Tut-tut!
And the Big Gun guffawed."

Poet Wilfred Owen was killed in action #OnThisDay in 1918. Big Guns Guffaw is one artwork in The Danger Tree, our new FREE augmented reality exhibition exploring First World War soldiers' stories.

Created by painter Scarlett Raven and digital artist Marc Marot, this captivating display of oil paintings and augmented reality includes the work of celebrated war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, exploring themes of loss, honour and hope: https://bit.ly/32NfInh

Our next major exhibition, Foe to friend: the British Army in Germany since 1945 will open 8 May 2020. This immersive ex...
01/11/2019

Our next major exhibition, Foe to friend: the British Army in Germany since 1945 will open 8 May 2020. This immersive exhibition will explore the experiences of British Army soldiers in Germany through the Cold War and beyond.

When Field Marshal Montgomery took the German surrender in 1945, he turned his attention to winning the peace. British forces would spend the next decades garrisoning Germany, rebuilding the country and its infrastructure while standing on the frontline of the Cold War.

With the return of the last major unit to the UK in 2019, the exhibition marks the legacy of this important time in the Army’s history: https://bit.ly/2r4RSpd

31/10/2019
Favourite Games: Curiosity Ignorance Bravado

"The skeletal hand reaching out from the coffin is such a classic from horror iconography"

These posters, designed by iconic graphic Artist Abram Games during the Second World War, take their influences from classic horror images and the Surrealist art movement. Games called the coffin-themed poster series the 'Symphony Macabre' and was worried they might not be approved by the War Office. The child poster caused some controversy: Games said "This poster banned itself...I consider this a very successful poster as it had a huge emotional impact"

Book now & explore #AbramGames' iconic wartime posters: https://bit.ly/2COFdcQ
#Halloween

This Thursday, join our own Dr Peter Johnston here for the lunch of his new book, the authorised history of the British ...
27/10/2019
British Forces in Germany, 1945-2019: The Lived Experience | National Army Museum

This Thursday, join our own Dr Peter Johnston here for the lunch of his new book, the authorised history of the British military's time in Germany.

In his talk, Peter will reflect on the decades the Army spent in Germany and explore the peculiar and unique aspects of life in the German garrisons as well as what the Germans thought of their British neighbours.

Peter is our Head of Collections Research and Academic Access.

https://bit.ly/2MN1JIx

Join historian and curator Dr Peter Johnston as he launches his new book - the authorised history of the British military's time in Germany.

27/10/2019
The Danger Tree

We're pleased to introduce you to #TheDangerTree, our new free exhibition.

Narrated by actors including Sean Bean and Christopher Eccleston, this immersive, augmented reality exhibition shares the stories of First World War soldiers, exploring themes of loss, honour and hope: https://bit.ly/32NfInh

#OnThisDay five years ago, after 13 years of operations, the British combat mission in Afghanistan formally ended, with ...
26/10/2019

#OnThisDay five years ago, after 13 years of operations, the British combat mission in Afghanistan formally ended, with the handover of Camp Bastion to Afghan forces.

The photo shows the interior of a Royal Air Force C17 Globemaster aircraft on the final leg of a transport flight to Afghanistan in 2010, a journey familiar to many British troops over the period of the war. The soldiers shown are primarily from 16 Air Assault Brigade: the Brigade's fourth deployment to Afghanistan.

Have you experienced one of these flights? If so, how does seeing the photo make you feel?

https://bit.ly/2Wg00yQ

On Friday, don't miss the opportunity to learn about the incredible story of the radar wars and the secret mission that ...
25/10/2019
SAS Shadow Raiders | National Army Museum

On Friday, don't miss the opportunity to learn about the incredible story of the radar wars and the secret mission that changed the course of the Second World War.

In this evening talk on his new book, Damien Lewis - Author will reveal an untold epic of daring, rule-breaking, bravery and ingenuity. His research relies on files declassified for the purpose of writing this book, eyewitness testimony, and working with the families of key figures involved.

https://bit.ly/2Pl33nG

Damien Lewis tells the incredible story of the radar wars and the secret mission that changed the course of the Second World War.

A British infantryman advancing with fixed-bayonet, El Alamein, 1942At the Second Battle of El Alamein, which began #OnT...
23/10/2019

A British infantryman advancing with fixed-bayonet, El Alamein, 1942

At the Second Battle of El Alamein, which began #OnThisDay in 1942, Allied forces in Egypt under the command of Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery broke the Axis lines and forced them into a retreat that pushed them all the way back to Tunisia.

One of seven official photographic prints relating to the Second Battle of El Alamein 1942. More on "The end of the beginning": https://bit.ly/2oaXihe

Please note that due to scheduled staff training, our Templer Study Centre will be closed on Thursday, 24 October. Apolo...
23/10/2019
Templer Study Centre | National Army Museum

Please note that due to scheduled staff training, our Templer Study Centre will be closed on Thursday, 24 October. Apologies for any inconvenience. For more information on opening hours and resources: https://www.nam.ac.uk/collections/templer-study-centre?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nam&utm_content=&utm_campaign=

The Templer Study Centre is an excellent research resource for exploring the history of the British Army and learning more about its impact on the wider world.

Thanks to everyone who came to the first ever Chelsea History Festival last week and made it so special. We, The Chelsea...
21/10/2019

Thanks to everyone who came to the first ever Chelsea History Festival last week and made it so special. We, The Chelsea Pensioners and Chelsea Physic Garden really enjoyed hosting and we'll be back next year!

23-27 September here we come for #ChelseaHistoryFest 2: check out https://bit.ly/2zQH7bm to sign up for updates on next year's event.

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Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea
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Nearest tube: Sloane Square (district and circle line) Nearest mainland rail station: Victoria Station Buses: 11, 19, 22, 211 to King's Road, 137, 156, 360 to Pimlico Road, 170 stops outside the Museum

General information

The new National Army Museum explores the story of the British Army as an institution, its soldiers and its relationship with society and the world. The museum is open everyday from 10am-17:30pm, and entry is free. Explore five new permanent galleries called Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight, as well as the latest temporary exhibition and 0-8 soft play area Play Base.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:30
Thursday 10:00 - 17:30
Friday 10:00 - 17:30
Saturday 10:00 - 17:30
Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

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