In 2006, the Government announced its decision to establish a tri-service training center as part of a wider Ministry of Defence (MoD) estates rationalisation programme. Phase 1 of these plans involves the re-location of REME training establishments from Arborfield and Bordon to former RAF Station Lyneham in Wiltshire by the end of 2015. The project for re-location is entitled the Defence Technical Training Change Programme (DTTCP).
As part of the DTTCP, the REME Museum of Technology will also relocate to Lyneham with costs being met as part of the overall project. At a meeting in January 2013, it was agreed that the existing Officers’ Mess at Lyneham would be converted into the new Museum.
The Officers’ Mess will allow the Museum to develop its current provision. The new site will include a dedicated archive which will bring together the three separate archives and also provide a reading room/conference room. The entrance will be separated from the café and an education suite will also exist for a range of users. Staff offices will be upstairs with collection storage areas, and a temporary exhibition space will exist outside of the main display area.
The exhibition area will consist of a number of rooms including two which will have re-enforced flooring to allow for the heavier vehicles to be displayed. A further ‘hall’ is being added to the building.
Overall, the facilities allow a fantastic opportunity to improve on what the Museum currently offers.