R.E.M.E. Museum, MOD Lyneham 28th April
We were invited to attend a WW2 day, organized by the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) museum at MOD Lyneham. As one of our members is ex-REME we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help the museum and also have a good look at the displays in the new museum.
The REME museum has only been on this new site since it moved from Arborfield in 2015, officially re-opening in June 2017. The new museum is not large, compared with the likes of the Imperial War Museum, but the quality is more than comparable.
Naturally we took along our WW2 North Africa REME workshop display, plus a few assorted weapons of that period.
The exhibits in the museum contain the only surviving beach armoured recovery vehicles (B.A.R.V.). This was the first vehicle that the REME specifically modified for its needs. The chassis is standard Sherman tank, with the top modified to wade the waters of the Normandy beaches and to recover stranded vehicles from the beachhead.
This is the R.E.M.E. birth certificate, marking the formation of the Corps on the 1st October 1942.
We had a great day and must thank the staff of the museum for looking after us and providing us with everything we needed during the day.