Royal Engineers Museum

Royal Engineers Museum

At a glance

Causes

  • Museums / heritage

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
National - Britain

Objectives

The Royal Engineers Museum exists to collect, conserve and communicate the history of the Corps of Royal Engineers. The Collection encapsulates a fascinating and challenging 300 year history of British military and technological development alongside the personal experiences of 100,000s of men and women who served. Combining an Archive and Library collection that was founded in 1813 and a Museum collection started in 1832, the whole is Designated by the UK government, acknowledging its national and international significance.

In 2023 the Museum engaged with approx. 150,000 people through a variety of Museum visits, event and learning outreach and virtual interactions. 

Activities

We present the history and heritage of the Corps in displays, exhibitions, special events and activities, all of which are designed to offer an entertaining and informative visit to the Museum for all ages and backgrounds. The quality of the current visitor experience is extremely high and was, in 2023, recognised by the award of Visit England’s Hidden Gem accolade.

The Collection remains open and actively acquires new material, including digital assets, through donation and purchase.  Recently, items reflecting the Corps’s involvement in the national Covid 19 response, building of Nightingale Hospitals and testing, have joined material relating to the Mulberry Harbours and the invasion of France in 1944 as new acquisitions.

Much of the Collection is held in storage and work on improving access to this through research, digitisation, online catalogues and inter-museum loans is a constant. Research facilities add a further opportunity for users, including serving Royal Engineers, to engage with the Collection. Our work with universities has included interpretation and research projects as well as regular under graduate student work placements. A schools Learning Service connects the Corps’s heritage with National Curriculum teaching in numerous subjects and the Museum is recognised for its expertise in museum based STEM teaching.  We aim to work in partnership with our local community and support a number of activities for adult education, local artists, the Army Welfare Service and our local service families. Our volunteering opportunities help to promote the health and wellbeing of participants as well as well as providing training and skills development opportunities. In 2023, 29 volunteers donated over 3,800 hours of work.

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