Man aiming SLR assault rifle

Memories Project

The museum is currently looking for ex-servicemen and women to share their stories and memories of the weapons and equipment they used whilst on active service, and be re-united with them.

We wish to record on video the thoughts of veterans who have experienced at first hand the weapons behind the glass cases in our galleries. By telling the human stories behind the objects visitors will learn more about our collection and gain a greater insight of what it is like to be involved in a conflict.

So far, veterans ranging from the Second World War to Bosnia have come forward to share their thoughts, memories and technical knowledge on objects such as the Bren Gun, Mills Bomb and the L85 A1 (SA 80), recognisable as the weapon of the modern British soldier.

If you would like to get involved in the project or would just like to know more then please contact us.

Memories Project - link to YouTube video

Did you know?

Longest-range gun ever built

In WW I Germany built the longest-range gun ever. Its 100kg projectile travelled 122km, and left the muzzle at 1500 metres per second and reached a height of around 40km. About 6 times faster and higher than an average transatlantic passenger jet.