• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
National Army Museum
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Food and Drink

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Installing a First World War rum jar in the Conflict in Europe gallery

Mudbound: Conserving an Army rum jar

One of the items in our Conflict in Europe gallery is a rum jar unearthed from the trenches of the Western Front. Before going on display, it raised some interesting ethical questions on how to deal with dirt.

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Royal Army Temperance Association medal for 20 years' abstinence awarded to Private J H Smith, The Royal Munster Fusiliers, 1915 

‘Watch and Be Sober’: The story of Army temperance

This collection of Army temperance medals demonstrates the efforts made by officers and soldiers in the 19th and early 20th centuries to resist the temptation, and avoid the perils, of the demon drink.

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Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps personnel with bread for the troops, 1918

An army marches on its stomach

To be effective, an army relies on good and plentiful food, especially on campaign. British Army food has evolved through the ages, ranging from bully beef and biscuits to veggie curries.

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Officers' cap badge, Army Catering Corps, 1990

Army Catering Corps

This unit was responsible for feeding the British Army. It was formed in 1941 and existed until 1993, when it became part of the Royal Logistic Corps.

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Christmas in the trenches, 1915

A First World War Christmas

Soldiers throughout the First World War found ways to maintain morale and mark the festive season while separated from their loved ones.

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Children taking part in a Play Base workshop at the National Army Museum
Nursery workshop

5 September - 19 December 2023


Remarkable Rations

Join us in Play Base as we discover the amazing world of Army rations.

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Children attending a family tour
Tour At Museum

21 October 2023


Marching Orders: Rations

Join one of our exciting family tours as we discover what soldiers' rations are really like and how they have changed throughout time.

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