Recounting the thrilling story of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

PLB was at the ready when the Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers Museum moved to a new home.

Whether it’s keeping an Apache attack helicopter battle ready or recovering a Challenger tank under fire, REME personnel make sure cutting-edge kit is ready for action. At the REME Museum, we wanted to provide an exhibition that communicated that sense of importance, as well as settling the museum in at its fresh new location.

Bringing the story to life

At former RAF Lyneham, we set to work on a design and build service befitting a corps that’s been ‘keeping the punch in the Army’s fist’ since 1942. This £0.9 million project involved the relocation of the huge REME vehicle collection as well as its art, medals collection, armoury, uniforms and archives.

Beyond the logistics, we deployed our talents to create powerful and atmospheric AV experiences, drawing visitors into the diverse and dangerous life of a REME soldier, capturing the personality of the corps and the enduring qualities of its troops.

We crafted carefully designed physical interactives, to challenge visitors to try their hand at various REME tasks. For specialist audiences, a cross-gallery database system offers a deeper layer of content.

Our work for the prestigious REME Museum included:

  • Interpretive planning, to develop all the themes, messages and stories that the museum wanted to convey to visitors
  • Audience consultation and focus groups, to ensure a connection with the wide array of audiences that the REME Museum caters for
  • Liaison with project managers and project architects, working closely with all personnel to ensure every aspect of the project was delivered on time, to spec and within budget
  • Exhibition and graphic design, to bring together all the visual elements of the museum using references from modern and historic archives
  • Exhibition specification and showcase production, to present items clearly, securely and appropriately, conveying the story of REME in meaningful ways and sparking the imagination of visitors
  • Research and scriptwriting, to create human connections, inspire action and build narratives around the vehicles, collections and surroundings
  • Illustration and picture acquisition, to build substance and flesh out the diverse stories of the corps
  • Audio visual briefs and hardware specification, to immerse visitors in the ambience of the museum, spark imaginations and build connections

Shining a spotlight on a unique corps

Our designs focused on what makes REME so different from any other corps, on the unique circumstances around its formation in World War II, and on the significant role REME plays in every conflict and every operation.

We aimed to bring out a strong personal element, with stories of REME soldiers reflecting their special skills and characteristics. This has helped to provide a human dimension to the technical capabilities of this corps of professional engineers.

Take a closer look at the REME Museum and what we achieved.

An excellent new museum for the regiment to be proud of and visitors to find out about the support services in the modern army.

The REME Museum

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