Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive

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Prince Arthur Road

    • Phone: 01634 822839
    • Curatorial: 01634 822261
    • Learning and Events: 01634 822312
    • Library: 01634 822221

    The Royal Engineers Museum and Library tell the story of the Corps of Royal Engineers and military engineering. It is a story about the Sappers and their courage, creativity and innovation. In peace and war the Corps has been everywhere and involved in everything. The Museum galleries display exquisite Chinese embroideries given to General Gordon, maps, drawings, letters and airgraphs, paintings and fine uniforms alongside Zulu shields from Rorke's Drift, tanks, torpedoes, bridges and chemical weapons. The Library founded in 1813 holds material as diverse as 1860s photographs of Canada, classic military histories and World War One unit war diaries. The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

    Further information

    Opening Hours:

    Tuesday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm) Please note the museum is CLOSED on Mondays Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: 11.30am-5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm) Library: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9:30am - 4:30pm (closed 1pm-2pm) TWO WEEKS' NOTICE NEEDED


    Adult £8.40 Concession £5.70 Family £22.50 Students (Valid ID) FREE Children under 5 FREE Serving Royal Engineers FREE Prices include admission to the Library (by appointment only)


    • Museums Association

    Travel directions:

    From London ~ A2 to Dover - (Junction 1) A289, Medway Tunnel, Right towards Brompton, Right into Prince Arthur Road (B2004). From the North of the Thames ~ M25 - Dartford Crossing - (Junction 2) A2 to Dover - (J 1) A289, Medway Tunnel, Right towards Brompton, Right into Prince Arthur Road (B2004). From the South West ~ M25 to Dartford, (Junction 5) M26-M20 to Dover/Folkstone, - (Junction 5) A229-A230 to Chatham. From Dover ~ A2-M2 to London - (Junction 3) A229-A230 to Chatham. From Chatham centre ~ take the A231 (Dock Road) to Gillingham, follow the A231 into Wood Street, at the roundabout, turn left at the traffic lights into Prince Arthur Road (B2004). The entrance to the Museum is on the left. From Gillingham centre ~ take the A231 (Brompton Road), turn right at the traffic lights into Prince Arthur Road (B2004). From Gillingham train station ~ follow the sign posts through Gillingham High Street

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    Facilities and services


    • Toilets
    • Baby changing facilities
    • Cafeteria
    • Education facilities available
    • Facilities for private functions and events
    • Library
    • Library with public access
    • Mail order service available
    • Meeting room available
    • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
    • Parking for coaches
    • Parking for disabled available
    • Picnic area
    • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
    • Research facilities for academics
    • Shop
    • Study facilities
    • Toilets for disabled
    • Wheelchair access to all public areas
    • Wheelchairs available for loan


    • Academic publications and resources available
    • Activities for pre-school children
    • Adult lectures and courses held
    • Audio guides specifically for blind and partially sighted people
    • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
    • Direct teaching services for schools
    • Events and resources for children and families
    • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
    • General guide to collections available
    • Guided tours
    • Information point provided
    • Loan service
    • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
    • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
    • Pre-booking service for groups
    • Primary school education service available
    • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
    • Secondary school education service available
    • Specialist publications on collections available
    • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
    • Touch exhibits

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