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Events at The Staffordshire Regiment
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Come and join us at The Staffordshire Regiment Museum and experience one of our many events which we put on throughout the year. We offer a very busy and varied calendar of events ranging from re-enactments, murder mystery evenings, themed displays and many many more.

We are a warm and friendly museum and welcome all visitors of any age, but don’t take our word for it, come and see for yourselves. Have a look at our events list below and call the number at the bottom of the page to book your tickets now or for more information.

Somme 100 Commemorations

To mark 100 years since the battle of the Somme, the museum has an exciting weekend of events planned.

2 new fantastic exhibitions will be opening:

'Forward North Stafford's'- looks at the life and dedication of Cecil Wedgwood, founder of the famous Wedgwood brand. he declined a rear areas position instead choosing to lead his men into battle during the Battle of the Somme...

Forward North Stafford's will open at 13.00 on Friday 1st July and be available at the museum until July 3rd.

'Requiem'- is a unique art installation made entirely out of brown paper. Designed to reflect the mud and squalor of the trenches during the First World War.

Requiem will be open on the morning of July 1st and will remain in place until December 2016 to reflect the 141 days of fighting that followed July 1st 1916.

Free Trench Tours will be running from 10am until 2pm throughout Friday 1st by uniformed trench guides. Please note normal admission to the museum applies.

Somme 100 Evening Vigil

Starting at 7 pm, we will be commemorating the end of the first day of the battle, down in our Trench system.

Poems and readings from the men who were there will be read in whilst visitors are embraced by the surroundings of our world war 1 trench system.

The Vigil will then be followed by a short remembrance service in the museums remembrance garden. Spaces are limited to 100 for this event- so booking ahead in advance is essential.

Please contact us at the museum if you would like any further information: 01543 434394/ attendant@staffordshireregimentmuseum.com

Discovery Day

Let one of the museum’s WWI personnel take you on a guided tour of our extraordinary WWI trench system, complete with its’ Regimental Aid Post (RAP) and learn how an injured ‘Tommy’ would receive medical treatment. See the ‘funk holes’, stand on the ‘fire step’, visit the officers dugout and learn of the tunnelers deadly underground war. Keep an eye out for any sign of a gas attack. YOU may be the one required to sound the alarm. Move to the German trench with its ‘pillbox’ and hear of their war.

Try on a reproduction uniform and maybe handle a 1915 Lee Enfield rifle. An event not to be missed in this year commemorating 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

Date

Monday 28th March (Easter Monday)

Time

10am – 4pm (last tour at 3 p.m.)

Admission Prices

Adults £5
Children / Concessions £4
Family Ticket £15 (2 adults and up to 3 children)

Discovery Day

Let one of the museum’s WWI personnel take you on a guided tour of our extraordinary WWI trench system, complete with its’ Regimental Aid Post (RAP) and learn how an injured ‘Tommy’ would receive medical treatment. See the ‘funk holes’, stand on the ‘fire step’, visit the officers dugout and learn of the tunnelers deadly underground war. Keep an eye out for any sign of a gas attack. YOU may be the one required to sound the alarm. Move to the German trench with its ‘pillbox’ and hear of their war.

Try on a reproduction uniform and maybe handle a 1915 Lee Enfield rifle. An event not to be missed in this year commemorating 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

Date

Monday 2nd May

Time

10am – 4pm (last tour at 3 p.m.)

Admission Prices

Adults £5
Children / Concessions £4
Family Ticket £15 (2 adults and up to 3 children)

Discovery Week

Come along throughout Discovery Week and meet our WWI personnel who will be on hand to guide you and answer your questions on trench life. Get under the surface of WWI with the help of our knowledgeable Education Team.

Date

Tuesday 31st May to Friday 3rd June

Time

10am – 4pm

Admission Prices

Adults £4
Children / Concessions £3
Family Ticket £10 (2 adults and up to 3 children)

Valuation Day

Charity Valuation, 17th June, 10am-2pm, with Hansons Auctioneers.

Why not bring along your militaria, books, medals, coin and any other bits you were always curious about.

Valuations are all £2 and all the monies raised go into the care of the museums collections and archives.

Multi period weekend

Meet the Warriors of the Past at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum Multi-Period Weekend

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July the Staffordshire Regiment Museum will be filled with the sights and sounds of 2,000 years of history as Romans, Royalists, 18th century Marlburians, Napoleonic Guardsmen, American Civil War fighters, WW1 Tommies and Germans, WW2 soldiers, the Home Guard and even the French Resistance meet to really bring history to life.

These groups will be setting up camp in the grounds of the museum, and demonstrating how war was waged and life was lived during many of the most important periods in history.

‘Time Healers’ will be talking about Roman medicine and fashion and the English Civil War will be represented by Sir George Lisles Regiment of Foote, who have local ties to Staffordshire. The Queen’s Regiment will be showing life for a soldier in the Duke of Marlborough‘s army in the early 1700’s and The Coldstream Guards 1815 will be evoking the bravery of the soldiers who fought in the bloody Napoleonic wars.

The world renowned Birmingham Pals will be presenting a fascinating glimpse into life for a WW1 Tommy and German soldier in the impressive on-site trench system and C Troop are setting up their extraordinary camp complete with ruined house, re-enacting the valour of the 1st Airborne Reconnaissance – Staffordshire Regiment, who fought in the ferocious battle of Arnhem. PBI will also be on hand giving an in-depth portrayal of life for the fighting men of WW2. To add to this amazing event, The Maquis will be giving a taste of the methods and dangers of the brave men and women of the French Resistance.

But what was life like on the home front? Over the weekend, the Home Guard will be demonstrating their important work, standing by to repel any invasion, in the museum’s evocative WW2 ‘Pillbox’.

Over the whole weekend, the Staffordshire Regimental Association will be setting up their Rifle Range where potential ‘crack shots’ can try their hand at target shooting.

Feeling inspired to trace the history of your ancestors? The Museum’s Research team will be on hand to offer advice on how to look into military service records.

With lots of historic military vehicles, fire-power demonstrations, children’s ‘drills’, the fabulous on-site café, ice-cream galore and lots of places to picnic, this is a fun and fascinating way to learn about our history that’s ideal for the whole family.

Fancy trying your hand at re-enacting? All of the groups will be delighted to chat to you about how to get involved in this fascinating pastime.

Date

9 - 10th July

Time

10am – 4pm (last tour at 3 p.m.)

Admission Prices

Adults £7
Children / Concessions £4
Family Ticket £20 (2 adults and up to 3 children)

Discovery Day

Let one of the museum’s WWI personnel take you on a guided tour of our extraordinary WWI trench system, complete with its’ Regimental Aid Post (RAP) and learn how an injured ‘Tommy’ would receive medical treatment. See the ‘funk holes’, stand on the ‘fire step’, visit the officers dugout and learn of the tunnelers deadly underground war. Keep an eye out for any sign of a gas attack. YOU may be the one required to sound the alarm. Move to the German trench with its ‘pillbox’ and hear of their war.

Try on a reproduction uniform and maybe handle a 1915 Lee Enfield rifle. An event not to be missed in this year commemorating 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

Date

Monday 25th July

Time

10am – 4pm (last tour at 3 p.m.)

Admission Prices

Adults £5
Children / Concessions £4
Family Ticket £15 (2 adults and up to 3 children)

WWI/Edwardian weekend

Now in its 3rd year, the museum will be welcoming back the soldiers of the Empire, our gallant French allies, the ladies of the Suffragette movement and Mr Charlie Chaplin. Come along and celebrate the ‘Belle Epoque’.

Date

Saturday 6th– Sunday 7th August

Time

To be confirmed.

Admission Prices

To be confirmed.

Discovery Day

Let one of the museum’s WWI personnel take you on a guided tour of our extraordinary WWI trench system, complete with its’ Regimental Aid Post (RAP) and learn how an injured ‘Tommy’ would receive medical treatment. See the ‘funk holes’, stand on the ‘fire step’, visit the officers dugout and learn of the tunnelers deadly underground war. Keep an eye out for any sign of a gas attack. YOU may be the one required to sound the alarm. Move to the German trench with its ‘pillbox’ and hear of their war.

Try on a reproduction uniform and maybe handle a 1915 Lee Enfield rifle. An event not to be missed in this year commemorating 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

Date

Monday 15th August

Time

10am – 4pm (last tour at 3 p.m.)

Admission Prices

Adults £5
Children / Concessions £4
Family Ticket £15 (2 adults and up to 3 children)

Discovery Day

Let one of the museum’s WWI personnel take you on a guided tour of our extraordinary WWI trench system, complete with its’ Regimental Aid Post (RAP) and learn how an injured ‘Tommy’ would receive medical treatment. See the ‘funk holes’, stand on the ‘fire step’, visit the officers dugout and learn of the tunnelers deadly underground war. Keep an eye out for any sign of a gas attack. YOU may be the one required to sound the alarm. Move to the German trench with its ‘pillbox’ and hear of their war.

Try on a reproduction uniform and maybe handle a 1915 Lee Enfield rifle. An event not to be missed in this year commemorating 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

Date

Monday 29th August

Time

10am – 4pm (last tour at 3 p.m.)

Admission Prices

Adults £5
Children / Concessions £4
Family Ticket £15 (2 adults and up to 3 children)

Halloween at the Museum

Details to be confirmed

Date

Monday 29th October

Time

To be confirmed.

Admission Prices

Sunday 30th October

Night in the Trenches

The most popular event in the museum calendar. British, German and French soldiers take you back to evoke the conditions and life in the trenches of WWI. Includes a night time battle with explosions and gunfire. Pre booking absolutely essential as this event always sells out. Bookings taken from end of September.

Date

Saturday 12th November

Time

To be confirmed.

Admission Prices

To be confirmed.

Carols in the Trenches

Come along to the museum for an evening of carols, songs and readings from the WWI trenches, concluded by a re-enactment of the Christmas Truce in No Mans Land.

Date

Saturday 10th December

Time

To be confirmed.

Admission Prices

To be confirmed.

*These events will include gunfire and loud explosions. Tickets for all events can be purchased from the museum.

Please note our trench system is fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Please ensure that you wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear when attending our outdoor events.

For more information on any of the events at The Staffordshire Regiment Museum, please call us on 01543 434394 or email attendant@staffordshireregimentmuseum.com