Collections in Focus: Vigil Cross This Remembrance Day we’re all creating new traditions to make sure we can pay our respects safely. During operations in Afghanistan, REME personnel innovated a meaningful way of honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice: creating what has become known as a Vigil Cross. A Vigil Cross, on display […]

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REME History: Ken Miles, Engineer and Driver You might have heard the name of racing legend Ken Miles in the Academy Award winning 2019 film, ‘Ford v Ferrari‘. Miles, played in the movie by Christian Bale, was a British sports car racer, mechanic and engineer. He’s best known for developing and racing the Ford GT40. […]

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Collections in Focus: POW Toothbrush G Street was a Prisoner of War during World War Two. Captured by the Japanese, he was imprisoned in Changi Jail, Singapore, from 15 February 1942 to 16 October 1945. Street was among 50,000 Allied soldiers, predominantly British and Australian, who were imprisoned at Changi. Conditions in Changi were poor. […]

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 Collections in Focus: Crankshaft Cap Badge In July 1945, REME personnel, members of 30 Workshop Control Unit, arrived at a bombed car factory in Northern Germany, within the British Zone of Occupation. While setting up repair lines for damaged British and German vehicles, they uncover examples of vehicles built by the factories former owners: Volkswagen. […]

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Collections in Focus: Corps Birth Certificate  1 October 2020 marks 78 years since the formation of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. To mark the occasion we’re exploring one of the most icon items in the Museum’s collection: a giant, carefully crafted birth certificate. This commemorative creation ingeniously records the Corps, Councils and famous figures […]

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 Collections in Focus: Korean War Album September 2020 marks 70 years since the first REME boots on the ground in Korea, as part of what is sometimes called the ‘forgotten war’. To throw light on this often overlooked conflict we’re sharing the contents of two fascinating photograph albums, documenting the work of 11 Infantry Workshop, […]

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 REME Book Recommendations Tomorrow is National Read a Book Day so we’ve put together a list of our favourite REME, military and engineering books. Got any recommendations for us? Craftsmen of the Army: The Story of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, volumes I, II and III by various Written as the ‘story’ of REME, […]

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 The Weapons Collection Visitors to the REME Museum at Lyneham won’t fail to be impressed by the dramatic armoury display which presents a diverse selection of pistols, revolvers, rifles and machine guns. This display, though, represents only part of the Museum’s large collection of historic weaponry. This short blog explores the development of this collection, […]

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