Royal Engineers Museum

Mulberry Harbour Archive Preservation

The Mulberry Harbours were one of the most significant engineering achievements of World War Two. Help us to ensure that the records of this extraordinary feat of ingenuity and cooperation remain accessible to all for inspiration and education.
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The Mulberry Harbours were one of the most significant engineering and construction achievements of World War Two.

Engineering ingenuity provided a ground-breaking solution to the unprecedented engineering and logistical challenge of the Normandy invasion, the largest seaborne invasion in history. The two floating harbours, both similar in size to Dover Harbour, were prefabricated in the dockyards of Britain, towed in sections across the Channel and constructed on the Normandy beachhead by Royal Engineers. They ensured that 1000s of men and 100,000s tons of supplies landed quickly and safely in support of the Allied forces.

We are asking for your help to ensure that the records of this extraordinary feat of ingenuity, cooperation and determination remain accessible to all and serve as a source of inspiration and learning to future generations.

Our Museum collection holds over 7000 original blueprints, plans, drawings, photographs, reports and even one poem on the Harbour. Many of the items are in a very poor condition and we are unable to display them or show them to our users.

We need to raise £150,000 for vital conservation work, digitisation and improvements to storage. Ensuring the long term care and study of this archive by future engineers, historians and Museum users will guarantee that the breathtaking achievements of our Wartime Engineers will never be forgotten.

In March 2020 we ran a campaign to raise funds for the purchase of a the medals and archive of Colonel V C Steer-Webster CBE. A member of the principle design team for the Harbours, his archive not only contains his medals but also many unique photographs and documents, including correspondence with Winston Churchill and Eisenhower.

The generosity of our supporters was amazing and we were able to purchase the collection. Thank you to all who contributed and we hope to welcome you to the Museum to see the collection in 2021.

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The Royal Engineers Museum is one of the UK's leading military Museums, with a historic collection of over 1 million items. We tell a story of over 300 years of military, engineering and scientific development that encompasses the extremes of human experience in peace and war.

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