Plans for the new Museum of Military Medicine have recently been released.
As you can see from this video from the design agency Scott Brownrigg, the plans are for a bold, new building in the Cardiff Bay area to house the incredible collection of this integral cog in British Army history.
The museum is currently based in the Army Medical Services Museum in Keogh Barracks in Surrey. As well as the collection of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), it aldo tells the story of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC), Royal Army Dental Corps (RADC) and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC).
Moving to Cardiff and into such a striking building will hopefully open up the amazing stories it holds to a new, wider audience.
Good luck to them, and I can’t wait to visit!
In December 2015, the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced that construction would begin on the new Sir John Monash Centre at the Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux, France.
This brand new interpretive centre will tell the story of Australian involvement in France and Belgium in the First World War. The Centre is named after General Sir John Monash, who led the Australian Corps with outstanding success on the Western Front in 1918, including the famous 4 July 1918 victory at Le Hamel, which transformed First World War tactics. Situated at the Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux, it will be linked inexorably to the site of Australian sacrifice in foreign fields.
Centenaries and anniversaries are popular times for new and refurbished museums. The new memorial museum at Verdun, for example, opened this year, and the Sir John Monash Centre will open for Anzac Day 2018.
The Centre looks like a fantastic layout already, with large investment in multi-media to give an immersive experience. You can see a preview of it here:
I’m excited to see how the project develops, and will no doubt go once it’s opened in 2018. I’m sure it will become a favourite stop on the battlefield tourist trail for European visitors, and a site of pilgrimage for Australians.