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More about Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive, Gillingham

The Royal Engineers Museum tells the story of the Corps of Royal Engineers, the Sappers. The Corps traces its history back to 1066 and the military engineers brought to England by William the Conqueror for his invasion of Saxon England, with Humphrey de Tilluel as the chief engineer.

The museum reflects this long and distinguished history. 26 galleries contain displays charting the history of military engineering, from the creation of the Ordnance Survey (the national mapping agency for Great Britain) in 1791 to the beginnings of flying, from designing the Royal Albert Hall to the dangerous ongoing task of bomb disposal. In peace and war, the Corps has been in all parts of the world and involved in all British Army activities.

The collection of the Royal Engineers Museum contains artwork of all types. These paintings and drawings have come to the museum through many different routes. Some were painted or drawn by Royal Engineers; some were acquired on campaign and brought back by members of the Corps; and others were portraits executed by artists for specific officers or men. Overall the artwork brings to life the history of the Corps in pictures.

The museum is one of only 60 museums across the country singled out by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport for the excellence of its collection. It is the only museum in Kent to have received this coveted designated status.

Craig Bowen, Registrar

Text source: PCF / Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive, Gillingham

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