The Redoubt Fortress opens its doors once again on March 21 with a packed programme of discovery from Bronze Age up to the modern day and a free vintage Summer Holiday programme.
A brand new WW1 exhibition uncovers the story of 11 Sussex men, all either wounded or killed at the Battle of Boar’s Head, showing the human side of war and its effect upon both the soldiers and the local community.
With real footage of soldiers marching through the town’s train station, diary extracts, poetic sounds of the battlefield and a display of Eastbourne’s very own Victoria Cross winner, younger visitors can also interact with a soldier’s kit bag of interactive equipment to help them discover life as a soldier.
The 200 year old fortress is home to many more renowned exhibits, from rare WW1 trench art to a captured German staff car. Visitors can also step back in time in the interactive 1940’s garden, featuring real aerial and audio footage of a Sussex family watching the Battle of Britain overhead.
Opening on March 21 also is Making Tracks: Eastbourne’s Bronze Age Mystery recreates part of Britain’s biggest Bronze Age causeway, which caught the eye of historians across the country when it was found in Eastbourne 21 years ago. The free exhibition unravels its mystery with a display of never before seen together artefacts from the British Museum.
Discover Eastbourne’s journey from a Victorian seaside ‘tennis town’ to 1970’s mass market seaside resort in the free Seaside Holiday exhibition from July 23 to September 5, with 1940’s bathing costumes, an exquisite Railway Porter’s uniform heralding the days of luxury steam travel and Lewis Carroll’s renowned bed desk, commissioned for his holidays in Eastbourne.
The ‘Alice in Wonderland’ writer often holidayed in Eastbourne and even visited a local school, telling stories to the children. With postcards, photographs and memories on display, travellers can leave their own memories at the exhibition while kids take part in themed activities.