A Heritage Lottery Fund supported community project
Join the Royal Engineers Museum Library and Archive and the Brompton History Research Group in celebrating the 200th anniversary the Royal Engineers in Brompton.

On Saturday 30th June 2012 a brand new exhibition opened at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive and a new history website www.bromptonhistory.org.uk was launched.

The exhibition was opened at a preview evening on Friday 29th June by the Mayor and Mayoress of Medway, alongside the Corps Colonel (Colonel Harris) and Mr Alastair Fairley from the Heritage Lottery Fund. (see attached photograph) Over 80 members of the local community, local business owners and local councillors all attended the event. Many of the attendees had contributed to the project either through research for the exhibition, loaning objects for the exhibition or attending the oral history sessions.

The exhibition, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has been curated by members of the Brompton History Research Group. It features items from the Royal Engineers Museum’s stores which have never previously been on display including the ‘Chatham Gates’ and a letter from Charles Dickens. On loan for the exhibition include number of items from the Freemasons Museum in London, deeds from some of the houses in Brompton and objects that were found in the walls of 12 Prospect Row.

The exhibition concentrates on telling the civilian’s story and looks at how Brompton has been influenced by the military, in particular the Royal Engineers, over the past 200 years. A number of the oral histories, which have been recorded as part of the Lottery project, play throughout the exhibition. They are accompanied by historical images of Brompton village.

A magnetic map of Brompton dominates one wall of the exhibition, on which visitors can leave their own memories of the village. Visitors are also encouraged to visit the accompanying website www.bromptonhistory.org.uk where they can read many of the stories which could not be included in the exhibition, leave comments and upload their own stories and images. Click HERE to see some of the Museums exhibits

A free teacher’s pack accompanying the exhibition is also now available; please contact Amy Adams for more information Click here to send an email
The exhibition is open till December 2012 and is included in the price of the Royal Engineers Museum entrance ticket which is valid for 12 months. It is free for serving Royal Engineers.

Other events and activities linked with the project include: FREE Guided Tours of Brompton see http://www.re-museum.co.uk/events for list of times and dates. FREE Schools outreach sessions and teachers pack (KS1&2). Coming soon: Library outreach sessions