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Julian Whybra

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PostSubject: National Army Museum   Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:11 pm

Yesterday's Daily Telegraph p. 28 had an interesting piece about recruiting in the modern army and how the govt wishes the army AND its history in the British Empire to be perceived. Among other salient points it decries the new layout of the NAM and notes that the present director has recently resigned to be replaced with a former army brigadier. The author hopes that things will change in the NAM.
Hmm interesting!
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PostSubject: Re: National Army Museum   Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:34 pm


I find that most recently retired officers, know very little about our military history, MRS is an exception. I can remember visiting the NAM at the time of 150th of the Crimea - it was clear that whoever curated that exhibition had never visited the battlefield. Perhaps, we shall see the new director actually walking the ground at Isandlwana, Ulundi, Rorke's Drift and the other sites so closely connected with AZW.
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PostSubject: Re: National Army Museum   Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:33 pm

I have to say that I did not like the themed approach at the new NAM when I visited, but I also think it is now on trend to decry what is referred to as "political correctness". I am not even sure what that means in the context of the new NAM, but Inevitably the Telegraph will focus on it as its theme.

I am also not sure that it is possible to do justice in any single museum to the history of the entire British army in all its facets and over 400 years. In the old museum I always felt that attempting to reflect the Crimean war in two glass cabinets was totally inadequate. But that was because I had a particular interest. Incidentally, there is not much less on that subject in the new museum (including the cat) but it is arranged differently, that's all.  Like all great museums and galleries only a small percentage of the artefacts are ever on show and what is selected is the personal choice of someone. Perhaps a retired brigadier will do it differently, perhaps he won't. I tend to agree that a reputation for war fighting does not necessarily tell us anything about an ability to educate.

On the whole, I think regimental museums work better. The scope is less wide, there is often a feeling of family and local connection. Museums need to tell stories and the NAM's remit is really just too vast however you organise it. For my own preference there should be much less from 1914 to date because the IWM should be the focus for that. But that is just me.

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PostSubject: Re: National Army Museum   Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:29 pm

Yes, I tend to agree that the regtl museums do it better. Perhaps the NAM would be better arranged as was - chronologically - maintaining smaller displays because of the space issue but with rotating special exhibitions focusing on a particular war/campaign or geographical area.
At the moment it is very unsatisfactory.
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PostSubject: Re: National Army Museum   Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:31 am

The National War Museum here is Australia, located in Canberra, ACT is a great museum and tribute to all who have served. Every aspect of war in which Australian troops participated is represented as far as I recall. The relatively new "Hall of Valour" showing some of the VC winners is excellent.

A new group of statues of mounted horsemen of the Boer War has recently been unveiled on one of the wide avenues of the city. I have also visited anumber of Reg'tl Museums in the UK, (twice to Brecon) on my travels and really enjoy them. Black Watch in Perth and the little one for the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in Hamilton are a couple of favourites.Salute Salute Salute
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