Tuesday 24th January – third walk of 2012

This week we met at Charing Cross and took the District line underground to Sloane Square to the National Army Museum to view a special exhibition ‘War Horse – Fact or Fiction’. 

The weather was atrocious.  Very wet, very cold and very miserable so as we came out of the station it was a unanimous agreement to go into Peter Jones for coffee.  Over this we discussed our plans for the next few weeks.  Just into our third met of the year and we are changing our planned visits already!

Feeling much warmer we walked to The National Army Museum in Royal Hospital Road, next to Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The exhibition ‘War Horse, Fact or Fiction’ depicts the life of horses used by the Army from the beginning of their history until the present day.  It has been inspired by the success of the stage show and film of the book ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo.

The exhibits were in sections in chronological order of different battles eg: Waterloo, Boer War, Crimean War, First World War and dealt with the care and use of the horses and showed equipment used at the times. Saddles, whips, spurs as well as Army uniforms were on show, along with the stories of special horses and their riders. Throughout the exhibition it was clear that the care of the horses became paramount as time passed. It explained that when the army mechanised, replacing horses with tanks, the use of horses changed.  Now they are used for ceremonial purposes and sporting events.

I enjoyed the exhibition and found it well laid out and it intergrated the facts and fiction of the life of horses in the army with the story of Joey and Albert from the book.  It was very child friendly and enjoyable for adults and children alike.

Next week we will visit the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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