The New Archive

The Archives are now settled in to our new home in a brand new re-configured and climate controlled storage facility, with equipment for digitisation. This makes it so much easier to look after the Archives according to professional standards.

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In Arborfield, the Archives were stored in three separate parts: the Documentary Archives, the Pictorial Archives and the Technical Archives. In Lyneham, these have been merged into one Archive under myself, the new Museum Archivist, who with great foresight managed to avoid the unpacking of the crates and boxes by starting in February this year and so missing the decanting process. I am so grateful to my Museum colleagues who liberated the material from the packing boxes and placed them on the new shelves.

We now have all the Archives handily located in one room, on mobile shelving and our collections of EMERs and AESPS have a special room all of their own.

Since moving in, we have been arranging and sorting out the collections storage, acquiring new material, assessing the Archives Service and making arrangements to improve the way the Archive is managed and services delivered. Although not yet open, we look forward to receiving enquiries and visitors once we are, and so we are working on getting our enquiries and research service ready.

Working with me in the Archives is the new Corps Historian, my colleague in archives and research and fount of REME knowledge, who you will hear from soon on this blog.

As a newbie, it has been (and remains) a steep learning curve and quite a journey to get to know the collections and learn more about REME and the Corps history: from Land Rovers to LADs; BARVs, CRARRVs and ARVs; from Egypt to East Africa; from Burma to Belize; from Italy to India – working with the Museum Archives is like taking a world tour!

Celia Cassingham – Museum Archivist

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REME in East Africa, 1953-54

 

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Typical recovery in Burma
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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

3 thoughts on “The New Archive”

  1. The ASC, RASC journals have been digitised and are available in pdf for a subscription to the public. Will the REME Journals and Craftsman magazines be available in this way, or are they now?

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    1. Dear Ben, the REME Journals and Craftsman magazines haven’t been digitised yet, though it is hoped that this will be a project which we can undertake in the future. For more recent Craftsman Magazines, pdfs are available via the Museum website if you click on the section for the Craftsman.

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