The Museum’s collection is a fascinating and eclectic mix that tells the REME story and the story of the British Army in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Most of it dates from World War Two, but there are earlier artefacts from the individuals and predecessor Corps, such as the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC), who transferred to the Corps in 1942. The Cold War period is also well represented.
There are over 100,000 items in its archive collection. These span a range of media including documents such as letters and diaries, technical manuals, electrical and mechanical engineering regulations (EMERs), as well as photographs, cine film and glass plate negatives.
REME Corps Birth Certificate
To mark the creation of the the Corps, Corporal Wheatley was tasked with creating a large birth certificate filled with the necessary information. The certificate measures over 1 meter in length and states the father as the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers, and the mother as the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and Royal Army Service Corps.
The certificate will be on display in the Museum.
Sketches by Staff Sergeant Kelly
This collection was created by S/Sgt Kelly while he was a Prisoner of War during World War Two. The images show daily life in a Prisoner of War camp and were created under difficult circumstances using the material available to him.
This image shows the cell in Changi Jail which was occupied by S/Sgt Kelly and three others.
Photos from Afghanistan
The Museum’s photograph collection shows a range of subjects from World War Two to modern day, including images from Op Herrick (Afghanistan) showing the work of REME soldiers.
Love letter from Sergeant John France to Jutta Tefke
There is a large collection of letters in the archives from loved ones both serving and at home. This example is a love letter written by Sgt France, a British soldier, to Jutta Tefke, a German civilian. The letter was written post World War Two during the Fraternisation Ban which forbade British military personnel from fraternising with Germans. The letter clearly shows that fraternisation still occurred.