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Christmas at the National Army Museum

Join us for a programme of free events over the Christmas period

National Army Museum 2017 Limited Edition Bauble

The National Army Museum 2017 bauble is inspired by embroidered silk postcards in our museum collection, designed onto bone china and finished with hand painted gold leaf.

The embroidered mistletoe design is from a postcard sent by Private Philip Poole to his mother Eliza for Christmas 1917 during the First World War. He was 20 years old, undertaking logistical transport duties with the Army Service Corps on the Western Front. Philip’s message wished his mother a Merry Christmas, ‘From your loving son.’

Embroidered silk postcards were a popular keepsake from the trenches. Although crafted by out-of-work French civilians and refugees, their fine detail meant they were not cheap to buy.

The bauble is Limited Edition, with only 100 created in Stoke by our designer and maker Glorious Mud Ceramics. Each bauble is individually numbered 1 to 100 on the base.


With carols from the Royal Hospital Choir at 5pm, free Play Base “taster” sessions and create your own tree decorations activities, available throughout the evening. Café open for drinks and snacks throughout the evening. Suitable for the whole family.

Christmas story-telling

Tuesday 19th December

Thursday 21st December

Thursday 28th December

Join us for a series of First World War themed Christmas stories, brought to life with costumed actors.

Six drop-in sessions per day held in our spacious atrium, each session lasts 30 minutes: at 1130am, 12noon, 1pm, 130pm, 230pm & 3pm each day.

Recce racers – family activity

Sat 9th – Sun 10th December

Sat 16th December – Sunday 7th January (daily, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s day).

Free – Drop in anytime between 10.30am and 4.30pm to take part in a free session.

A fun activity for all the family - discover how the army uses vehicles for its reconnaissance missions. Have a go at making your own rubber-band powered vehicle and drive it across our snowy terrain. Will your time be the one to beat?

The National Army Museum is open daily 10-530pm apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. 

National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HT.

Earlier Event: December 14
Christmas Show: Once Upon a Snowflake
Later Event: December 16
Build a Festive Firtree Workshop