Over the past 2 years, the Museum has been busy packing, moving, unpacking, sorting, developing, installing and getting ready to open. We are almost ready to unlock our doors and let the public in. One of the many projects that has been happening in this time is developing a new education programme, one fit for a new Museum.
Since the Museum closed in 2015, I have been busy visiting schools in Wiltshire, talking about what the want from this new facility opening soon in their area. Teachers asked for fun, exciting workshops that are befitting of REME’s heritage and engineering role in the Army.
From these discussions 5 workshops have been created, developed and tested in the playgrounds and classrooms of local schools. Between them they cover the subjects of Design and Technology, Science, Maths, English and History for Key Stage 1 and 2 classes.
Once the Museum is open, school children will have an opportunity to build recovery vehicles from LEGO, discover the story of REME medal winners, test their maths skills in our Army style command tasks or even bivouac in the Museum grounds.
Within weeks, the first school will arrive at the Museum to test the first workshop. This is an exciting time for the Museum. These first pupils will have an opportunity to sample something which we hope will see thousands of school children learning about the critical role REME have played and are still playing in keeping our Army on the move and our nation safe.
If you are interested in what the REME Museum could offer to your school or a school near you, then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oliver Parr – Education Officer
It’s a New Year and we’ve hit the ground running. The final display installation will be taking place over the next couple of weeks, followed by the graphics and images, objects and object labels and the hundreds of other little things which we will be doing to get everything ready for our visitors.
Work on our café has also started and once open, visitors will be able to sit down and enjoy a meal and hot drink in what was the former Officers’ Mess bar.
In preparation for opening, we are recruiting new staff for the Museum. This includes a Front of House Supervisor and Assistant positions, a Museum Assistant position and an Archives Assistant position.
This is an exciting time to join the team and to be involved in how we will develop over the coming months once we are able to welcome visitors in again.
All information can be found on the Museum website: http://www.rememuseum.org.uk/about-us/
We now have a target date set, and the staff are working hard to meet it. For the moment we are still keeping it under wraps but hope to be able to announce it soon via our website, blog and social media.
Over the next few weeks we will keep you up to date in how the Museum is coming along, including the Archives, Education and the Café.
Jennifer Allison – Curator
It’s been a couple of very busy weeks at the Museum with lots of different projects happening.
Volunteers and staff have continued packing the collection. We are now surrounded by boxes, the displays are starting to look empty and there is an echo in some of the corridors. As well as the thousands of smaller items, volunteers and staff have begun dismantling our Armourer’s Hall display.
The display showcased over a hundred weapons from different periods to demonstrate the development of firearms. It was one of the most popular displays with visitors, and we hope to make it even better in the new location.
Another of our key displays was dismantled at the beginning of this week. The Phoenix Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was brought down off its stand with help from the Aviation team at Arborfield.
As you can see from the photos, the Curator was also hard at work making sure the moment was captured on film!
The Phoenix has now been put into storage ready for transfer to Lyneham. When it arrives it will need some TLC after its years of being on display outside. Once it is ready it will become part of the permanent display inside the main Museum where the intention is to suspend it from the ceiling.
The Museum had more good news in that a site has also been secured for our historic vehicle collection. This collection is currently located in Bordon. Due to restricted access it is difficult for the public to gain entry to see these vehicles, but this will all change in our new home where they will be much more accessible.
Work continues on the new displays, and there have been more focus groups with the eight different trades of the Corps to get feedback on layout, subjects and interactives. We are now moving into the final stages of the design process.
And finally, we were happy to receive photos of our 25 Pounder Field Guns and Morris Commercial on display outside the Mess of 7 Air Assault Battalion. Readers will remember that we loaned these items out as part of their VE themed Summer Ball. We’re really glad that they helped to set the scene and make the evening a success.
Jennifer Allison – Curator