Major overhaul for Redoubt fortress

The Redoubt Fortress Eastbourne is being worked by volunteers who are retired from the armed services. (L to R): Henk Duinhoven, John Chidley, Stan Coombe up the ladder, Roy Bingle, Mike Constantine up the ladder and Jack Worsfold. February 25th 2013 E09012P
The Redoubt Fortress Eastbourne is being worked by volunteers who are retired from the armed services. (L to R): Henk Duinhoven, John Chidley, Stan Coombe up the ladder, Roy Bingle, Mike Constantine up the ladder and Jack Worsfold. February 25th 2013 E09012P

The Redoubt has been given a complete overhaul in time for the new season – thanks to a brigade of volunteers who gave it a revamp over the winter months.

The Napoleonic fortress and military museum will be opening at Easter with a full programme of events and exhibitions to come over the season. The Redoubt boasts an interactive air raid shelter exhibit and a new children’s resource area with family trails, reference books, images and art supplies.

And one of the other main changes is the introduction of a brand new café: The Outpost. Visitors can enjoy tea and cakes in the vintage themed café which is decorated with photographs from the Redoubt’s collection.

The Redoubt shop has also had a revamp and there will be a new range of gifts and military books on sale.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said, “I am very excited for the opening of the Redoubt and to see all the changes that have been made. We are very lucky to have a fortress here in Eastbourne that holds such history and I encourage visitors and residents to go and discover the delights it has to offer.”

The Redoubt’s medal collection is now being displayed in chronological order along with some stories of the soldiers who’d earned them. Artist Fenya Sharkey has been the Redoubt’s ‘artist in residency’ this year and has been working closely with the collection at the fortress to create a brand new exhibition.

Outside the fortress, shrubbery in the moat has been removed and traditional style gates and railings are currently being installed. New signage put in place on the Redoubts gun platform and parade ground offering visitors much more information about the Redoubt and the history to go with it. The Redoubt opens for the season on March 29 and entry is free all that weekend.