As a Training Ground for War: How Sport Prepares Soldiers for the Battlefield
(14 October – 29 November 2019)
August saw the launch of a touring exhibition that focuses on the ways that sport prepares soldiers for the battlefield. It explores the three key strands of fitness, teamwork and fighting capability through historic and current day examples of military and sporting equipment. In October it arrives at the REME Museum.
The Army has always played sport. Through peace and war, the British soldier has carried the boxing glove alongside the bayonet. Army sport evokes a series of striking images, from footballs being kicked across No Man’s Land in the First World War, to 80,000 spectators roaring on the Army vs Navy rugby match at Twickenham.
Sport builds qualities of fitness, discipline and camaraderie. It teaches soldiers to negotiate battlefield obstacles, operate effectively together and develop the determination to win. It is recognised as a crucial factor in maintaining the physical development and operational capability.
The exhibition draws on the collections of several military and sporting museums, as well as the current Army. These range from the Olympic wrestling medal won by a First World War unarmed combat specialist to the gloves worn by the Army boxing team in Inter-Service and international competitions in 2018.
It forms part of Sporting Heritage and the Armed Forces, a collaboration between the Army Museums Ogilby Trust and Sporting Heritage networks. This aims to uncover, share, and celebrate collections with a focus on sporting heritage and the Armed Forces.
REME Museum Model Show 2019
(19 October 2019)
Come along to the REME Museum’s Model show.
Alongside our fantastic collection of objects telling the story of REME, on the 19th October model makers from all over will be exhibiting their amazing models. This will be the first model show at the REME Museum. Normal admission charges apply.