Our Everyday Heroes

Open for visitors!

The National Memorial Arboretum is open freely to all, year-round from 10am-5pm, every day except Christmas Day.  We recommend pre-booking your visit, to guarantee entry.

Please note: on Wednesday 28 July the North part of the site (which includes, but is not limited to, the Royal British Legion Poppy Field, Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove and the memorials and individual dedications in the areas surrounding them and the UK Police Memorial) will be closed to visitors until approximately 2.30pm, whilst a private dedication ceremony takes place at the UK Police Memorial.  The new memorial will be open to visitors from Thursday 29 July. There will also be limited access to the memorials on the Naval Review until the service has ended at 2.30pm. We will be unable to offer our Stick Man Trail, Outdoor Escape Challenges and Our Everyday Heroes activity packs on Wednesday 28 July. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

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Gallery 3, on display from 10 July to 14 November 2021

The Our Everyday Heroes exhibition explores the work of the emergency services, volunteer organisations and the Armed Forces in their roles of protecting the public and safeguarding people from harm, particularly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.


The exhibition includes sections on the Fire Services, Police, NHS, volunteer organisations, the Armed Forces, emergency vehicles and animal support.


A timeline located on the corner walls covers some major historical events, and there is a display of emergency service uniforms - police, fire and paramedic - for our visitors to view.

Uniforms hanging in the exhibition

Can't make it to the Arboretum?

Why not check out our online exhibition, where you can find out more about the vital roles these everyday heroes play, their dedication and bravery in the face of danger.
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Timeline in Our Everyday Heroes Exhibition