Royal Marines runners support new Museum plans

 

 

 

 

Adam Stokes (pictured left), from the Royal Marines Running Association attended our reception at Admiralty House in December, he writes:

The Royal Marines Running Association has been closely affiliated with the plans for the new Royal Marines Museum over several years and has promoted the cause and raised money via a number of training and running events. It was as a result of this relationship that I found myself on the receiving end of a call to action, including an invitation to a reception at Admiralty House, Whitehall, to learn what was to come next for the project.

The reception was a reminder of the strong bonds we share in the Corps Family as we mingled with serving and ex-Royal Marines of all ranks from Marine to General. The museum had displayed several gems from their collection, including Blondie Hasler’s boots. The Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Gordon Messenger, the highest ranked serving Royal Marine, spoke about the vital contribution made by the Royal Marines to defence and the nation’s history and the need to maintain a platform from which we can tell our story of duty, loyalty and sacrifice that make up our colourful history. Director General of the NMRN, Professor Dominic Tweddle, followed up with an outline of how the project had progressed over the past few years and what needed to be done to realise the vision.

At present, the Royal Marines are the only service without its own museum and the impact this is having on recruitment is certainly being felt within the Corps right now. In order to proceed to the next phase of re-opening a modern, interactive RM Museum a further £5 million needs to be raised.  Please support the fundraising at https://www.nmrn.org.uk/get-involved/donate

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands