Machine guns will be focus of talk at Redoubt Fortess in Eastbourne

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The development of machine guns throughout the First and Second World Wars will be explained at a talk at Eastbourne Redoubt Fortress on Tuesday May 26.

This is the third in a brand new series of interactive Carry on Curator talks at the Napoleonic fortification.

Visitors will be able to take a closer look at the armoury and weapons collection, handle weapons and learn some of the fascinating stories behind them.

Collection curator Damian Etherington will outline the development of weapons throughout the 1800s, with a focus on machine guns from Germany, Russia and America used in the First and Second World Wars that the museum has in its collections.

Entry to the Redoubt Fortress will be free on Sussex Day (June 16) which will coincide with the Waterloo 200 commemoration.

The event will explore items from the stores, such as an 1813 Napoleonic General’s jacket, original newspapers reporting both the Battle of Trafalgar and Waterloo and some original weapons from the period.

The curator talks will cover topics such as aircraft parts, front line medical treatments and discovering treasure.

Admission to Carry on Curator talks are included in the museum entrance fee but booking ahead is advised.

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