National Army Museum
The National Army Museum explores the story of the British Army, past and present. Open every day 10am-5:30pm, free entry. Visit us today!
Our new major exhibition, Special Forces: In the Shadows is now open.
With extraordinary objects and stories from real-life missions, explore the hidden world of the Special Forces and try our interactive challenges! Booking link in our bio⬆ #SFexhib
"It's about being the grey man...".
Special Forces: In the Shadows is now open! Escape the #minibeastfromtheeast
and enter the hidden world of the Special Forces...👀
Lt ‘Paddy’ Mayne wrenched this instrument from the cockpit of an enemy aircraft with his bare hands during the SAS’s first successful raid, in December 1941. While the plan of attaching it to vehicles to improve navigation proved unsuccessful, opportunism and innovation of this kind remain hallmarks of the Special Forces soldier.
Never before seen on public display, you can book now to see this and more extraordinary objects and stories in Special Forces: In the Shadows. Booking link in our bio. #SFexhib
We’re excited to announce @jason_carl_fox
as our Ambassador for Special Forces: In the Shadows, which opens on Saturday!
A seasoned Special Forces veteran, you’ll recognise Jason from Channel 4’s hit series SAS: Who Dares Wins. Follow our story today to get a taste of the exhibition with Jason #SFexhib
Pie charts for #piday
! Ok, it's a bit of a stretch, but they're based on circumference and radius and even related to pie itself. Sort of.
In this display showing nutritional breakdown of soldiers' rations from our Soldier gallery, protein is blue, fat is yellow and carbohydrates are pink. Interestingly, those serving in Afghanistan in 2010 consumed about the same number of calories as First World War soldiers, but the ratio of carbohydrates to fat was higher 🍞🥓
Soldier gallery explores the experience of soldiering.
As part of #CHOGM2018 @dcmsgovuk
are sharing images of objects related to the Commonwealth from across UK museums and galleries. Today it's our turn!
gallery piece is from Canada. Painted in 1762 by Thomas Grant Davies of the Royal Artillery, a highly regarded military artist and collector, the work is of outstanding historical importance for the study of military draughtsmanship.
Entitled ‘An East View of the Cataract of Niagara’ it is the earliest known painting of the Niagara Falls (from the Canadian side). The National Army Museum raised £100,000 to save this rare work of art for the nation. The watercolour was originally sold to an overseas buyer at Christies in 2015, however the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), administered by Arts Council England, placed a temporary export bar to prevent the watercolour leaving the country.
It is now on display at @nam_london. #ourcommonwealth #chogm2018 #Canada
in 1915, the British attempted to capture Neuve Chapelle in France; the ensuing battle resulting in many Allied casualties, particularly in The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) and The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) of the British IV Corps. The Meerut Division of the Indian Corps played a major role, and despite German counter-attacks, succeeded in capturing the town. Unfortunately, there were delays in sending further orders and reinforcements forward. At midnight on 12 March General Sir Douglas Haig halted the offensive. The Allies had gained a small area of land at a cost of over 12,000 casualties.
Here, British and Indian wounded are shown en route to the hospital base.
We’re all set up! Join curator Jasdeep Singh right now at @southbankcentre #WOWLDN
and discover stories of revolutionary women from our archives.
Sophia Duleep Singh, a Princess, Suffragette and a voice for change.👸🏾💪🏽 🗳
Private Michelle Norris of the Royal Army Medical Corps became the first woman to be awarded the Military Cross when her unit came under attack at Al Amarah in Iraq in June 2006. She rescued the wounded commander of her Warrior vehicle while under sniper fire, climbing up the side of it and dragging him to safety inside.
Her commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel David Labouchere, said: 'Private Norris acted completely selflessly and, in the face of great danger, concentrated on her job and saved someone's life.' .
In December 2015, nearly a century after the formation of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that all Army roles were now open to women. Currently women make up roughly 9% of the Army. #internationalwomensday #IWD2018
One, two, lift the....
Who can guess what this is? It's going into our Special Forces: In the Shadows exhibition, opening 17 March #SFexhib
3-2-1 ❄️ Soldiers and officers from 16 Air Assault Brigade aiming at @rupert_frere
in January 2010.
How's your #snowday
Spectacular image from @household_cavalry
this morning. The Queen's Life Guard dismount in the snow 🐎❄
Have you met our new addition yet? This Coyote (Supacat HMT 600) just joined us this week and is now there to greet you at our Welcome Desk. Pop in and take a closer look at this versatile vehicle!
Apparently it's #NationalToastDay
🍞🔥. A simple but classic staple of British cuisine, making toast sometimes requires some ingenuity. This British First World War soldier is using a sword as a toasting fork (from a collection of British & Allied Official Western Front photographs).
A revolver taken from a captured Turkish officer by Col T E Lawrence ‘of Arabia’ has been donated to the museum.
The Smith & Wesson was given by Lawrence to Capt Lionel Gray, who attached a label detailing its provenance.
Lawrence acquired it from Ashraf Bey, who was leading a column of camels laden with supplies and £20,000 (rather than £15,000 as the label records) in gold when captured by Bedouin forces in January 1917 during the Arab Revolt.
As an intelligence officer, Lawrence almost certainly interrogated Ashraf, which might explain how Lawrence came by Ashraf's revolver and leather holster.
For more on this remarkable piece, see here: http://bit.ly/2sIBj2W
Want to go to the 'mortal village'? Make sure to 'beware of the fox'! Tomorrow's the last day of our FREE navigation challenge workshops, just drop in to give kids a go at making their own maps and compasses. We've had some fantastic creations so far...
Our new activity backpacks are out! 🎒 Free to borrow, these offer 2-7 year olds a chance to explore an aspect of army life with dolls and kit, while 8-14 year olds get all they need to direct their own museum inspired film 🎥
Just ask at our Welcome Desk. First come, first serve.
Been inspired/awed/intrigued by the challenges of #SASWhoDaresWins
Delve further into the world of the Special Forces in our new exhibition, Special Forces: In the Shadows, opening in March. BOOK NOW for an early-bird discount on adult tickets: link in our bio. #SFexhib
Photo of Herbert Hasler courtesy of the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Design AKA