Friday, 30 June 2017

Free family activities this summer at the National Army Museum

Summer fun for families

Summer fun for families

This summer, there’s loads to do for families with four floors of interactive exhibits, from a tank simulator to drumming and marching experiences.
New this summer - a construction challenge with a difference. Use our stack of wooden construction planks to create a structure that won’t topple over.

Family membership

Be part of our NAMily

For just £30 you and your family can get the most out of the National Army Museum whilst helping to safeguard our collection for future generations.
Family members are at the heart of the new museum and in return for their support they enjoy a number of benefits including:
  • 10% discount in the museum shop and cafĂ©
  • Field notes activity booklet and badges for kids
  • Free entry to our paid exhibitions

What's on at the National Army Museum

Unearthing LGBTQ identities

Unearthing LGBTQ identities

7 July 2017, 11.30am

FREE
Ahead of Pride in London 2017, Rebecca Newell unearths hidden LGBTQ stories in the National Army Museum’s collections.
Walking tour: Beyond the battlefield

Walking tour: Beyond the battlefield

8 July 2017, 10.15am

£10.00
Walking from Brompton Cemetery to the National Army Museum, discover stories of the soldiers linking our two organisations.
Diversity and the army

Diversity and the army

12 July 2017, 7.00pm

£5.00
How diverse is the army? Join us for an interactive evening where you can put your own questions to the panel.
Cross-dressing, sexuality and satire

Cross-dressing, sexuality and satire

14 July 2017, 11.30am

FREE
Rebecca D’MontĂ© reveals how soldiers used song, slapstick, and satire to entertain themselves during the First World War.
Soldiers out: LGBTQ tour

Soldiers out: LGBTQ tour

15 July 2017, 2.30pm

FREE
Kelsey Loveless, from the National Army Museum, explores LGBTQ narratives within the British Army in a tour of the museum’s galleries.
War Paint guest tour: Douglas Farthing

War Paint guest tour: Douglas Farthing

19 July 2017, 6.30pm

£12.00
War artist Douglas Farthing will give a guided tour of our War Paint exhibition, in which his work is featured.
Sir Edward Walker and the Battle of Lostwithiel

Sir Edward Walker and the Battle of Lostwithiel

21 July 2017, 11.30am

FREE
Justin Saddington explores the stories of Sir Edward Walker, Secretary at War to King Charles I during the British Civil Wars.
Hands-on War Paint: Drawing with wir

Hands-on War Paint: Drawing with wire

26 July 2017, 7.00pm

£5.00
Be inspired by our War Paint exhibition by getting creative in this hands-on workshop exploring the use of wire as a drawing medium.
Book Club: Britain’s Europe

Book Club: Britain’s Europe

26 July 2017, 7.00pm

FREE
Join us once a month for an evening of discussion and debate about books relating to the British Army.
Passchendaele: 100 years on

Passchendaele: 100 years on

28 July 2017, 11.30am

FREE
Dr Nick Lloyd explores the little-known middle phase of the Battle of Passchendaele, which brought the German Army to the brink of defeat.
Love and attraction in propagand

Women soldiers tour

1 July 2017, 2.30pm

FREE
Explore 100 years of women in the army. Join us for a free 30-minute tour on the first Saturday of the month at 2.30pm.
War artists and the press

War Paint exhibition tour

2 July 2017, 2.30pm

FREE
Join us for a free 30-minute tour of our temporary exhibition War Paint. The tour takes place every other Sunday.

Partner events

ExpeRience: Midsummer night of science

6 July 2017, 7.00pm

The Royal Institution
ExpeRience the science behind one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies. Join the Royal Institution for an unforgettable evening of hands-on science exploring dreams, senses, love potions and more.

Women at War 100

7 July 2017, 11.30am

National Memorial Arboretum
The Royal British Legion is commemorating the centenary of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) - the first time women were formally fully enrolled in our Armed Forces - as well as women’s Service in the British Armed Forces ever since.

Chocolate Dessert Experience with Fondue, Drinks and Sundaes for Two or Four at The Urban Chocolatier (Up to 38% Off)

Chocolate Dessert Experience

About The Urban Chocolatier


Crafting rich, chocolatey creations at two London locations in Whitechapel and Upton Park and one in Bradford, The Urban Chocolatier boasts an impressive range of cocoa-based products, from artisan truffles and bars to creamy hot chocolate and decadent fondues. Gift boxes and hampers cover special occasions, and the chocolatiers also offer an inventive range of unusual flavour combinations.

Choose Between Two Options

The Chocoholics Dessert Experience includes:
  • Urban Chocolatier’s signature Belgian chocolate fondue, served with a dipping platter of strawberries, bananas, marshmallows and freshly made waffle bites
  • Two drinks from exclusive range of gourmet hot chocolate, tea, coffee or milkshakes and mocktails
  • Two sumptuous sundaes made with exclusive homemade Italian Gelato for some added indulgence
  • Customers can also redeem 10% off additional purchases made on the day, including chocolate truffles, gift boxes and hampers.

Museum of London - What's on in July?

What's on in July?
Our free, major exhibition, The City is Ours, opens at the Museum of London on 14 July. Explore how and why global cities are changing, as well as local innovations designed to improve urban living, through interactive exhibits and short films as part of our City Now City Future season.

As part of the exhibition, we are shining a spotlight on London, presenting free, weekly lunchtime sessions with 25 local community initiatives. Build a solar panel, taste sustainable salads or pedal on a bike to turn surplus fruit into delicious smoothies.

For families, we have a fun-filled family festival at the Museum of London, followed by our interactive family shows at the Museum of London Docklands.

Plus, we have forensic workshops and events exploring the history of the railways.

City Now City Future highlights
Tue 11 Jul, 7-10pm
Museum of London
Join us for an intimate evening of readings and ideas about love and anxiety with writer Megan Nolan, poet Jay Barnard and historian Tiffany Watt-Smith, author of The Book of Human Emotions. In partnership with Time Out.
Hack it: build a bee hotel
Sat 22 Jul, 1.30-4pm
Museum of London
What do bees do for cities? And what can we do for them? Join Alison Benjamin of Urban Bees Ltd in this workshop to learn all about bees in London, and get hands-on making your own bee hotel to take home. In partnership with Time Out.
New display
Junk
Open until 1 Oct 2017
Museum of London
Open now, our new display Junk looks at a range of objects that Londoners have recycled and upcycled across the centuries. The curator of our new display discusses how one Londoner's trash was another's treasure in our latest Discover article.
#LondonView
Inspired by Junk, we want to see pictures of what you have saved from the scrapheap. Have you transformed a broken teacup into a flowerpot, or found that bargain item of clothing at a charity shop? If so, why not share some pictures of your latest salvages with us using #LondonView @MuseumofLondon
Event highlights
Close to the bone
Thu 20 Jul, 7-10pm
Museum of London
Discover what you can learn about a person's life from the skeleton they left behind at this forensic workshop. From a syphilitic Victorian 'lady of the night' to a Georgian gentleman with more than a few medical conditions, excavate and reconstruct skeletons with our expert forensic anthropologists.
History of London's railways
Tue 18 Jul, 6.30-9.15pm
Museum of London Docklands
Hear the history of London's early railways through to untold stories of the future Elizabeth line, as seen in our exhibition, Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail. Join John Liffen, Curator of Communications at the Science Museum, Tim Dunn, Trainspotting Live presenter, acclaimed author, Andy Shelley, and Professor Richard Dennis from UCL.
Family highlights
Sat 22 & Sun 23 Jul
11am – 4pm
Museum of London
Get inspired by London's amazing architecture at this weekend festival jam-packed full of awesome events. Make architectural masterpieces out of Lego, create a poem and then hear it performed, design a new museum and much more. In partnership with Open City.
Time tunnellers
Every Wed-Sat in Aug
Times vary
Museum of London Docklands
The museum needs your help to piece together clues from London’s past! Become an archaeologist and discover amazing objects unearthed from the Crossrail project in these free interactive family shows.
Partner events
Magnum Manifesto is the landmark book celebrating the 70th anniversary of the world's greatest photographic agency, Magnum Photos. Enjoy 20% off by entering the code MUSEUMOFLONDON20. Offer ends 31 July 2017.
Gross Indecency at BFI Southbank
July & August
Uncover Britain's pioneering, problematic relationship with on-screen homosexuality, 50 years since a human rights landmark.