Tuesday 20th June -24th meeting of 2017
Today was another really hot sunny summer day and it seems London is having a heat wave and as hot as Spain! We planned today to go to the newly refurbished and re-opened Army Museum which is next to Chelsea Army Hospital, home of the Chelsea Pensioners. We have been before but wanted to see the changes that had been made.
District line to Sloane Square and a walk to Chelsea Embankment was the plan but as we walked along King’s Road in the heat we decided to stop at the Saatchi Gallery for a drink. This was very welcomed by all and we sat outside in the shade and watched the world go by!
When we arrived at the Museum and went inside, we remarked of how different the area was. Now a very bright light area with seating. The new museum has had a radical transformation and now provides a welcoming and interactive place of discovery. I must say that Museums are now so much improved. They are now much more interesting and interactive making it fun for children and everyone really to learn and enjoy!
We went up to the first floor where there is the temporary exhibition area and the exhibition was ‘War Paint Brushes with Conflict’. This was an interesting area with paintings from way back showing war and conflicts from an artist’s point of view. It included maps, sketches and paintings. Although now much is caught in photographs with the modern camera, war artists are still employed to produce paintings.There was great contrasts from the work of 1600’s showing Colonel’s in fancy red uniforms on horse back in the foreground and fighting soldiers in the background, and modern soldiers all in camouflage uniforms sheltering in dry sandy areas.
We then went into one of the new galleries Soldier. This was well laid out and easy to understand. It gave the plight of the soldier from joining, serving and coming home. It covered all times and it was amazing the differences in size of soldiers, equipment issued and used and how training has changed. Many uniforms from all era on display of special interest Lawrence of Arabia and the Queens uniform. There were lots of activities to take part in and one that I enjoyed was to stand in front of a screen as an ordinary soldier and be taught drilling by an on-screen Sargent Major shouting and telling me off! Great fun!
When we finished this section we decided on another drink and bite to eat in the wonderful new cafe. It was still very hot and possibly one of the hottest Tuesday we have had!
This is a really good Museum and well worth a visit. I feel sure we will return to go round the parts that we missed today.
One of our ladies decided to get a bus to Victoria and train home. The rest of us walked to Sloane Square keeping in the shade as much as possible and got our trains home.