Notes from a Volunteer 1

The relocation to Lyneham couldn’t happen without the help of our volunteers who have been busy packing up the collection. Over the next few months some of these volunteers will be writing about their experience with the Museum and the collection.

We hope you enjoy!

Jennifer Allison – Curator

Notes from a Volunteer Part 1

My name is Robert Davey and I am a very happy volunteer at the REME Museum in Arborfield. I have been a volunteer since 2012, based in the Technical Archive.

Robert Davey packing
Volunteer Robert Davey packing items from the collection

I became a volunteer as I have an interest in World War Two and a     background in office work and computers, so sorting out the paperwork in the Technical Archives is ideal for me.

Recently I have also been involved in packing items from the reserve stores ready for the move to Lyneham. These items from the stores        always amaze me with their diversification and quality. Amongst some of the more day-to-day items is the occasional ‘gem’ which makes the packing much more interesting.

For example, recently I was sorting through some standard webbing items from a soldier’s uniform, when I discovered some very rare sealed pattern examples. These were used by the Ordnance corps to send to        suppliers as a master pattern to copy.

Some of my favourite items which I have found while packing are a       wartime Bomber crew over suit in very good condition, and a Megger tester used for checking resistance in capacitors in vehicle electrics. I also came across a pre-war Army gas mask.

If you would like to volunteer, you will get a good welcome at the          Museum.

Robert Davey – Volunteer


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REME Museum

The REME Museum was established in 1958 to preserve the heritage of the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. The Museum is currently closed to the public as it relocates from Arborfield, Berkshire to Lyneham Wiltshire. This blog will follow the progress of the move from closing in Arborfield to reopening in Lyneham

2 thoughts on “Notes from a Volunteer 1”

  1. Have just come across some magazines dating from Nov 45 to Nov 46 of 158 INF BDE WKSP . Would you be interested?


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