Listen: Royal Army Chaplains’ Museum shares our Padres’ stories

12 October 2020 / Categories: DA News and Events

Telling the stories of Armed Forces Chaplaincy from past to present day.


Over the years, Armed Forces chaplains (colloquially known as padres) brought back items that provided spiritual support for troops from wars and campaigns. These artefacts will be housed at the new Royal Army Chaplains’ Museum that broke ground on 29 September at the Defence Academy’s site in Shrivenham and is expected to open in summer 2021.

On the 9 October, Padre Andrew Totten of the Defence Academy’s Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre spoke to BFBS Radio about the new museum and shared anecdotes about some remarkable chaplains. For example, on 6 June 1944, Padre Corbett was there on the beaches during D-Day. In his webbing, he carried a small chalice used for Holy Communion when he was hit by shrapnel. Now a mangled, silver cup up on display, it represents the dangers that padres have faced both in the past and present day. 

Listen to the interview on our Defence Connect page

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