With over 5000 objects now packed, the Museum is filling up with boxes and empty cases. Information panels are coming down, and our mannequins and old display items are finding new homes in other museums.
The dioramas surrounding the vehicles in the Prince Philip Vehicle Hall are being dismantled with sand, gravel and rocks being moved outside. The surrounding information panels are being dismantled and within a fortnight our Scout helicopter will be brought down from its stand onto the floor, ready to be loaded and transferred to Lyneham.
So far the packing has been carried out by Museum staff and volunteers. Next week, professional packers will be coming in to help us dismantle and pack other larger and more awkward displays.
Just as things are coming to a close in Arborfield, things are starting to open in Lyneham. The new Museum is almost complete and looks fantastic.
Visitors will enter the new Museum via our World War Two gallery. This photo shows the view towards the doors which visitors will be entering through. As well as vehicles, we will also be displaying items associated with D-Day, Prisoners of War, messages back to loved ones at home and items collected by soldiers whilst on operations.
More vehicles will be displayed in a second, larger vehicle hall to show the range of campaigns and environments where REME men and women have been.
Before and after photos show just how much work has gone into making our new home suitable as a Museum. These two photos are of the education suite. The first was taken in March this year, the second was taken August this year. The change is dramatic!
Museum staff have continued to work with the Designers, PLB, to create the new layout and displays. A series of concept drawings have helped to bring to life the plans so far.
These images show the large vehicle hall and the REME Relaxed gallery which will look at the day to day lives of REME soldiers, including their families, social and sporting clubs, and mess functions.
We still have a lot of work ahead of us and no doubt a few challenges, but there is a fantastic team of staff and volunteers all working together to make the new Museum a fantastic visitor experience and a place which the Corps can be proud of.
Jennifer Allison – Curator