National Army Museum

Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HT

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This is another museum that you can visit for free, walk in and view the exhibits. The first main exhibit on the ground level is about becoming a soldier. It obviously wasn’t clear enough on which side to start as a few people were going the wrong way around. You’re supposed to go from the right round to the left! As for this exhibit, I really wasn’t that impressed, you should be able to understand the whole concept if your school gave you a decent history lesson.

A few pictures, some weapons on display, descriptions of the different items, what a person in the army should carry. Then jumping into the devastation of war and the medical history needed to help the troops. For the vast subject that could be displayed it seemed to lack any flow and felt disjointed. That’s not to say they packed a lot in to it, but that can be too much.

The lower level was just drops in a vast ocean of different cultures. It felt more along the lines, ‘Look what we plundered!’

The top floor also felt jam-packed with signs, posters, memorabilia one side. Some stories and a collection of weapons and armour on the other. There was an interactive display for the battle of waterloo which didn’t feel that interactive!

The temporary exhibit War Paint: Brushes with conflict was far more interesting and had my attention span the longest. Even today we still have artists in the field of war, painting scenes which you can stand in front of for a good few minutes and make you think. The collection of artworks on display here offer more to the mind than the rest of the museum.

For the curious you might find something you like which will grab your attention, if you’re into war art or are an artist then maybe the temporary exhibit will take your fancy. But I don’t think this museum will work for everyone.

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This last photo of the giant metal rat was created by Anna Redwood when she was invited out to Afghanistan by the 7th Armoured Brigade in 2014. The rat symbolises the desert rats who served in North Africa in WW2 and still today in Afghanistan.

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