image Donating items to the Museum

The REME Museum is grateful to all those who donate items to our collection. Many donations are from current and former REME personnel and their families, but we are happy to hear from anyone who may have something of interest.

We welcome all offers, but can only accept certain items. Our Acquisitions Panel, which meets quarterly, makes this decision. As an Accredited Museum we have written a Collections Development Policy which all donated items must fit within. With reference to this document the Acquisition Panel considers whether items offered are ‘relevant to the heritage of the Corps’ and assesses the Museum’s ability to conserve and store them appropriately. We also follow the Museum Association’s Code of Ethics which ensures that we process donations in a transparent manner.

If you would like to donate items to the Museum, please contact Ms Kimberly Day, Assistant Curator, by emailing assistantcurator@rememuseum.org.uk.

Please do not bring or post any items to the Museum unless invited to do so. Staff are not available to take receipt of items without prior notice.

Scroll down to see some artefacts and learn about how they came to be part of the Museum’s collection.

The REME Staff Band

When the REME Staff Band relocated to Catterick in North Yorkshire, they donated various items to the Museum. In addition to the items you can see here, their donation also included instruments, music stands, various albums and a synthetic leopard skin worn by the bass drummer.

The official Regimental March of the Corps is the Lillibullero, a tune that has its roots in the 17th century.

Voices Of The Forces Record

How did military families keep in touch before the internet? One way was to record messages and post them home. Recorded during World War Two, this gramophone record allowed soldiers far away from loved ones to send back a spoken message.

The condition of this object is poor, however we were able to make a digital copy of the recording, in which the sender wishes his family a Merry Christmas. It was donated by his son.

Thornycroft Hathi Tractor

The Hathi (Hindi for elephant) artillery tractor. was created by the Royal Army Service Corps Training College in 1922, as the army needed a four wheel drive vehicle. Thornycroft, the famous Hampshire vehicle manufacturer, produced 25 in 1924.

After World War Two, this one was sold to a timber merchant, who later sold it to a competitor. Damaged in a roll over, it lay derelict for some years until the owner offered it to the Museum.

image Sharing your memories

We are always keen to add more information to our records and improve the historical record of the Corps. If you have any experiences which you wish to share, or if you recognise unidentified people in photographs, please get in touch with the Museum.

For information related to objects and displays, please email curator@rememuseum.org.uk

For information related to documents and photographs, please email archives@rememuseum.org.uk

Below are some areas and subjects we are particularly interested in finding out more.

Family Life

Military Exercises 

Reservists