Preserving Hampshire’s heritage this Armistice Centenary

We are proud that the Chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park and the Memorial at the Museum of Army Flying will be playing a part in marking 100 years since the end of the First World War

Nov 7 2018

Royal Victoria Country Park chapel, Tommy Silhouettes

Our heritage team recently completed works to the Chapel, including: the restoration of the original Victorian interiors, notably the newly painted ceiling and hand painted windows; improvements to visitor access and facilities; and new interpretation and exhibition space throughout the Chapel and into the grounds, engaging visitors with the site’s heritage and scale of the original hospital.

`Seated Tommy Silhouettes’ depicting the shadows of those soldiers who never returned from the war are on display in the Grade II listed Chapel. An appropriate setting for this moving tribute, this building is all that remains of the Royal Victoria Hospital. A site of historical, local, national and international significance, the hospital became the centre for army medical research and training, treating more than 100,000 casualties from conflicts for over a century.

The restored chapel is to be officially opened on 12 November by HRH The Countess of Wessex.

We were also appointed by the Army Flying Museum, Middle Wallop, to design and build a memorial to act as a focus for remembrance for local, veteran and serving communities and the general public. The memorial at the Museum commemorates all those who have died in the service of British Army flying from before the First World War to the present day. Constructed from 39 Chryso Graphic concrete panels, creating a circular interior, and inscribed with the names of 5,127 service personnel killed in action, it is a powerful reminder of their stories of courage and sacrifice.

Museum of Army Flying 

The memorial’s entrance has been designed to align with the angle of the sun at 11 o’clock on 11 November. A touching tribute for current and future generations.

Find out more about what is happening across Hampshire to mark the Centenary.

Royal Victoria Country Park, north elevation of chapel
Royal Victoria Country Park, chapel interior
Planes overhead