Over the weekend I went back to one of my favourite local military collections, the Royal Engineers Museum in Chatham. There are lots of reasons why this excellent museum is worth a visit and every time I go there I find something new. This time I went specifically to have a close look at their Zulu War collection but as usual I also spent a lot of time perusing the rest of the collection, particularly the Big exhibits outside.
|A Churchill AVRE Bridge Layer|
One thing I would definitely recommend looking at is the Waterloo Map. This is Wellingtons actual campaign map covering the area of the Battle of Waterloo. The Museum now has an excellent interactive display table that tells the story of the Map and the Battle.
|The Waterloo Map|
|An interactive display table tells the story of the map and the battle|
|An example of the graphics telling the story of the Battle.|
Eventually I did make it round to the Zulu War display, the items I actually went to see.
|A Necklace made for Lt Col Durnford and presented to him by a Zulu Witch Doctor|
|A Zulu cow hide shield|
|Lt Chard's Webley .45 revolver used at Rorke's Drift|
|Zulu Knobkieries collected by Lt Chard during the Zulu War.|
|Bullet from Martini-Henri Rifle found at Isandlwana|
|A Musket Ball recovered from the body of Lt Col Durnford at Isandlwana|
I've been to this museum several times and more of my photo's can be seen here, here and here. The entrance fee is very reasonable and providing you are willing to sign up for Gift Aid the ticket lasts a whole year (including special events!).