The National Army Museum in Chelsea re-opens to the public today after a £23.75m re-development project, largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The museum houses the national collection of the Land Forces of the Crown and expects to receive up to 400,000 visitors a year.
The collection is wide ranging and tells the story of the British Army and its impact on Britain, Europe and the world, through a series of thematic galleries over four floors ; Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight.
The museum is the leading authority on the history of the British Army and seeks to tell the story, through the soldiers who've served in it, in a frank and honest way, connecting the public with a service whose actions impact on us all today.
Sergeant Rupert Frere is an Army photographer whose work features among the collections documenting the Army’s present day activities. He said: “The Museum is awesome. I can’t wait to visit again with the family. It was incredible to see my images on display and the way the museum has used them is so creative.
"I feel really humbled and proud to be a part of it and to help to show the public what the Army really is like."
The museum is interactive throughout with something of interest to all ages. It is open from 10am - 5.30pm daily with occasional Wednesday late night opening. The Museum is in Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT and is free entry.