Best London Military Museum

old_fat_and_hairy

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#64
Was this before he died?
In around 1972, so yes. At least he had a house there, I never saw him. Did see Tony Blackburn quite often, very nice bloke.
 
#65
[...]equally the IWM.
I'd be interested to hear why you're defending it, after most of us have spent the last few pages ripping into it. Maybe I missed something when I visited? Maybe its changed in the last couple of years? Or if your memories from it are post or pre-vandalisation... err.. 'refit'.
 
#66
I'd be interested to hear why you're defending it, after most of us have spent the last few pages ripping into it. Maybe I missed something when I visited? Maybe its changed in the last couple of years? Or if your memories from it are post or pre-vandalisation... err.. 'refit'.
When was the re-fit. I was last there around 10 years ago before the move to septicland.

Old British museum buildings are old buildings, not a lot they will do with them as it all costs money - so you takes what you can get. And at least it is free to get in unlike the US where like Disney they see everything as a cash extraction opportunity.

My personal best museum experience was at Duxford. I was on the KAPE tour and we had rolled up to Duxford a few days before the air show weekend, first on site. It was early days Duxford and the staff just let us wander around the hangers (in uniform) clambering over things as we pleased for the duration before the show started.
 

sirbhp

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#68
i have used the library in the NAM in the past it was very user friendly not not now .
 
#71
NAM is awful; if you've ever been before avoid it, to save heartbreak and forestall the desire to bludgeon a curator with a mis-labeled exhibit. IWM is similar but not quite so pronounced. The Fusiliers Museum in the Tower of London is still good, and you get the bonus of viewing all sorts of stabby goodness in the Royal Armouries collection just across the way in the White Tower.
 
#72
I wish to thank all who gave advice.

I now feel terminally depressed over the state of our military museums, and the implied mindset of the twonks in charge.

Seeing as I've promised SWMBO a day on her own, I might take up @winged for his invite to the Special Forces Club.
 
#73
I wish to thank all who gave advice.

I now feel terminally depressed over the state of our military museums, and the implied mindset of the twonks in charge.

Seeing as I've promised SWMBO a day on her own, I might take up @winged for his invite to the Special Forces Club.
You do realise, that's just around the corner from Harrods ? ;-)
 
#74
i have used the library in the NAM in the past it was very user friendly not not now .
That's a shame. What I liked best was that they had Military Modelling amongst others on the shelves.

I'm glad I sent my grandfather's arty maps to the Firepower Museum.
 
#77
Just back from UK. Thanks to all for the advice. Time constraints meant only the IWM was visited, although I also wanted to go to RAF museum in Hendon (Dad was a crab in WWII)
You were all correct.IWM is really terrible. The only good thing from my point of view was a 25pdr from Alamein. Remember, Gunners don't have battle standards, our guns are ours. Stroked the old beauty, which is why I got some odd looks from the mostly foreign customers. Fukc 'em.
Really disappointed with the displays, bugger all about pre WWI, and the WWII display was minimal.

Best thing about the whole visit was going for a few drinkies at the Three Stags on Lambeth road. Lovely IPA, and met an ex matelot named Graham from Jedburgh, who served on LPDs. With the booties, and who served me with a pint of IPA and a double Grouse for 4 pounds .30
 
#78
I took a friend studying ww1 to iwm the other week. Their exhibition is quite good, some aspects are certainly better than the old exhibition. We didn't have the time to do the Holocaust exhibition but from memory it was unchanged from the pre-refurb exhibition and truly should be mandatory. The main atriums though were a let down. I also remain deeply disappointed with the nam for those wondering.
 

Stumpy4154

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#79
Just back from UK. Thanks to all for the advice. Time constraints meant only the IWM was visited, although I also wanted to go to RAF museum in Hendon (Dad was a crab in WWII)
You were all correct. IWM is really terrible. The only good thing from my point of view was a 25pdr from Alamein. Remember, Gunners don't have battle standards, our guns are ours. Stroked the old beauty, which is why I got some odd looks from the mostly foreign customers. Fukc 'em.
Really disappointed with the displays, bugger all about pre WWI, and the WWII display was minimal.

Best thing about the whole visit was going for a few drinkies at the Three Stags on Lambeth road. Lovely IPA, and met an ex matelot named Graham from Jedburgh, who served on LPDs. With the booties, and who served me with a pint of IPA and a double Grouse for 4 pounds .30
Feck me, what tricks did you turn to get that deal? I went last year and bought two pints of Staroprammen pilsner in the Three Stags for just shy of £11.
 
#80
Feck me, what tricks did you turn to get that deal? I went last year and bought two pints of Staroprammen pilsner in the Three Stags for just shy of £11.
I agree.
I was chatting to the bloke, and as I was Scottish (he recognised my accent, even after 15 years in NZ) and when I mentioned I used to be a Gunner, he gave me a massive discount.
I would suggest that if you're in the area, try the same ploy.

NOTE: Englishmen/women need not apply.
Racist I know, but who cares.
 
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