The National Memorial Arboretum is the nation’s year-round place to remember, helping people reflect and be inspired and providing a space to celebrate lives lived and commemorate lives lost.
Situated within the National Forest in Staffordshire, the 150-acre Arboretum is home to around 25,000 young trees and more than 400 memorials. People from all walks of life are represented with memorials to the Armed Forces, emergency services and civilian organisations. This spring sees the start of exhibitions, tours and activities that are perfect for groups wanting to explore, discover and remember.
1. Falklands 40: Sketches from the Frontline
Falklands 40: Sketches from the Frontline features the work of Linda Kitson who was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to be the official war artist for the Falklands War. Displayed at the Arboretum 40 years later, her vivid drawings provide a unique window into the experience of those who fought on the front line. On display until 19th June.
2. The Queen’s Commonwealth
Commemorating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and celebrating the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, this exhibition explores the Queen’s role as Head of the Commonwealth and the symbolic leader of a group of nations and territories which make up a third of the world’s population.
The exhibition also charts the history of the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Games, looking at the comradery of serving communities from across the Commonwealth. On display until 19th June.
3. Commonwealth Guided Walks
Discover the stories behind some of the memorials dedicated to the Commonwealth communities at the Arboretum in this new guided walk. Available to book for visits until 13th November, £5 per person.
4. Groups Exclusive: Vintage Fair Tea Dance
Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea before joining musicians Beth Belle and Antonio Socci for a 30-minute vintage dance class, and toe-tapping live music from the fantastic Antonio Socci Jive & Swing Band. Monday 2nd May, £26 per person.
5. Group Exclusive: Platinum Jubilee Celebration Party
Visit us for this once in a lifetime anniversary and join our exclusive indoor party. With a refreshing welcome drink, a delicious ‘Best of British’ lunch and old-time classics from the amazing Sapphires Swing and Soul band, your group will soon be in the party spirit. Friday 3rd June, £35 per person.
6. Sports in Service
The Sports in Service exhibition explores the role sport plays in supporting Armed Forces personnel and veterans. Serving in the Armed Forces is physically demanding and personnel undertake rigorous physical training to ensure they remain fit and ready to serve. Many personnel also compete in service sports teams, helping to foster camaraderie while developing skills.
In addition, sports often play a crucial role in rehabilitating personnel who have been injured or are living with the impacts of service. On display 25th June - 16th October.
The National Memorial Arboretum is located in Alrewas, Staffordshire. Entry is free but pre-booking is recommended in order to limit numbers on site. To find out more or to book, visit www.thenma.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01283 245 100.