The first full year in our new home is coming to an end, and what a year it’s been. Although things haven’t gone quite to plan, the work and effort put in by the Museum team, Design team and all the contractors has been phenomenal.
The majority of the physical displays and cases are now in place, and we can’t wait to start doing the final touches.
The New Year will see Collections staff doing a through dusting of everything before we then start installing all of the objects.
A big thank you to all the REME Officers and Soldiers, current and former, who have given up their time to give input and feedback for the displays. A big thank you to the public who continue to offer their support and have made us feel so welcome in our new home.
Current plans are that we will be open to the public in Spring 2017. An exact date will be announced closer to the time.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Jennifer Allison – Curator
After a very intense work period during which various building issues were addressed, work has now started on implementing the new Museum design. This includes new cases, display structures, false walls, painting, plastering, lighting, sound… It can only be described as a building site at the moment, but it is looking very impressive.
The work is being carried out by a team from The Workhaus and Glasshaus who are working all hours of the day to get everything in place on time.
The Museum will be divided into 7 galleries, each of which will have a theme. They include a gallery dedicated to World War II and the creation of the Corps, a gallery which looks at the modern and predecessor trades of the Corps, a gallery showcasing a selection of the Museums weapon collection and a gallery looking at the subject of remembrance and memorials.
The last of our vehicles have also been moved into place, and will provide an overview to visitors about the range of environments, campaigns and operations which REME have been involved in.
Staff are now finalising the graphics and text which will provide the visitor with the extra information to compliment the displays. For this we are drawing on our extensive pictorial archives which numbers over 60,000 images dating from when the Corps was formed in 1942.
The building side of the installation is due to be completed by the beginning of December, after which the Collections team will begin bringing out all the objects which have been selected for display and putting them into the relevant cases.
There is still a lot of work to be done, but it is safe to say that we can definitely see a Museum taking shape.
Jennifer Allison – Curator