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Welcome to the

Royal Army Physical Training Corps



Discover how the Royal Army Physical Training Corps has kept the British Army Fighting Fit & Fit to Fight for over 150 years.

 Formed in 1860 as the Army Gymnastic Staff, the Royal Army Physical Training Corps is responsible for the physical development of the British Army. Its members are all Physical Training Instructors and are attached to every major unit in the British Army.





Visit the Museum

Situated in the grounds of the original Army School of Physical Training, which was built in 1894, the museum tells the story of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps from its inception to present day. Discover how physical training in the British Army has advanced from the first organised lesson to modern concepts of physical training.


Explore the collection

The museum has a substantial collection of objects such as medals and trophies, uniforms, weapons, paintings, sports and training equipment.


Olympic & Sporting Success

Royal Army Physical Training Corps Instructors have represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games since 1908 and played sports at a professional and international standard, including Olympic sprinter Kris Akabusi, Olympic gymnast Nik Stuart and professional football player & manager Matt Busby. Discover their stories and many others in our unique and interactive displays.


 Research & Archives

The museum maintains a large archive and photographic collection, including personal documents and historical papers relating to physical training in the army. The reference library holds material relating to sporting history and development and physical training.


If you are researching any aspect of physical training and sport in the army then contact the museum.  Personal visits to use the library and archive are welcome but an appointment is necessary. A guide to accessing our archives can be found here.

 Help the Museum

If you are interested in volunteering, donating an item, or wish to make a financial contribution to the museum, please contact the curator on 01252 787852 or raptchq-museum@mod.uk. 




Telephone:    01252 787852

Email:             raptchq-museum@mod.uk


Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 4pm 

Evenings and weekends by appointment only.


Facilities:  There is ample parking for visitors in the Fox Lines car park which is located opposite the main entrance to Fox Lines (where the museum is located).


Find Us

 The museum is located within the ground of the Army School of Physical Training. We ask that you telephone to let us know you are visiting and that you bring photographic identification with you.


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