Redoubt to commemorate 100 years since World War I

Redoubt WW1 helme SUS-140326-104105001
Redoubt WW1 helme SUS-140326-104105001

The Redoubt opens on April 1 with Napoleonic re-enactments, Roman combat and a range of events to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the start of the Great War.

The Redoubt includes the biggest military collection in the south of England, with artefacts ranging from rare First World War trench art, to a captured German staff car.

Launching in April – with a free opening weekend on April 5-6 – the fortress will feature a Great War display, re-creating a trench along with items from the Royal Sussex Regiment, whose collection is based in the museum, giving a ‘soldier’s eye’ perspective.

One of the many members of the regiment included the famous war poet Edmund Blunden and an exhibition opening in June will explore his work using material which until now has rarely been on public view.

The Redoubt was used as a base for the Army Provost Corps during the First World War and launching the commemorative events, ‘Your Country Needs You’ on April 12-13 will see the re-enactment of recruitment, with authentic training, kit, drills, target practice and much more.

Children can also return throughout August and see if they’ve got what it takes to become a new recruit, as the Military Training Ground opens for business, featuring a fun assault course.

Exploring the humorous side of British life during the war, McGill’s War from April 1 is an exhibition of First World War postcards from the artist renowned for his saucy seaside postcards.

Cllr Carolyn Heaps said “Given our south coast location, Eastbourne has such a wide ranging story to tell from Napoleonic times to World War II.

“The First World War commemorations will really set the tone this year, for what is set to be our busiest event programme to date.”