Curator’s picks highlight the story of REME
As REME Museum prepares to open its doors to visitors, Curator Jennifer Allison looks at some of her Museum highlights.
Jennifer and her team have been working hard to prepare the Museum for its official opening following its relocation to Lyneham and the Museum will shortly
be open to the public. In the meantime, the exhibits are installed and final preparations are underway.
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REME Museum’s most eye-catching exhibits are arguably the large vehicles such as the Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle (BARV) or the 62 tonne Challenger Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle (CRARRV). For Jennifer it’s the stories and experiences of REME men and women that make the Museum what it is.
“A number of the displays include personal stories and we’ve tried to include quotes from REME men and women on every panel and with every large graphic. It’s these stories and experiences which can help visitors to relate to the collections which they’re seeing.”
Unique and irreplaceable
Jennifer has compiled ten of her personal favourite objects from the Museum that sum up the story and spirit of REME. We’ll be publishing all ten in the coming weeks, starting with the REME Birth Certificate.
“The Birth Certificate is so unique and it is irreplaceable to the Corps.
“It shows the skills which members of the Corps had as it was made by a REME draughtsman, and I love the fact that it was created in the middle of the war – they found time to create this even with everything else that was happening.
“It’s just those little quirks about it too – like the fact that the formation date was wrong, they put it as the 2nd October. So they took a piece of paper and stuck it over to make the 1st October. I really like that human side of it.
“I also like the link that the current soldiers have with it. They were taking it out on tour with them and we had to stop it happening because going to places like Iraq and Afghanistan it was deteriorating fast in that climate. Being as unique as it is we have to make sure that it’s still around for future REME to enjoy.
“We had a full-size facsimile made, which was framed and which now goes out on tours, and anyone from REME can request it.
The Birth Certificate will be on display in the new Museum as part of the exhibition looking at the early years of the Corps.