The Museum is proud to announce that our new adventure playground Camp Fisher is now officially open. For our Director, Danielle Crozier, it has been an emotional journey which began back in 2014.
In 2014 we were successful in a grant application to the Armed Forces Community Covenant to build a military themed adventure playground. However the donation of a new exhibit to the Museum from a serving member of the Mercian Regiment caused a simple project to develop into a larger and more emotional project.
The new object was the ‘Camp Fisher’ sign,which was taken from the 3 Mercian Warrior compound when the Battalion returned from Afghanistan in 2014. The soldier had created the sign following the death of WO2 Ian Fisher in November 2013.
In honour of WO2 Fisher and all Mercians and Staffords who have served on the Warrior Fighting Vehicle it was decided to design a custom playground to reflect the vehicle itself. Working with Flights of Fantasy a detailed design was created. Additional funds were also required for the build and we were grateful to receive support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for this.
The new equipment was delivered in April 2019. WO2 Ian Fishers widow, two sons, parents and sister joined us all for the grand unveiling in August 2019.
The Staffordshire Regiment Museum tells the story of the Staffordshire Regiment and all its antecedents from its formation in Lichfield in 1705. The museum collection has over 10,000 items relating the history of this truly exceptional Regiment.
The collection now also includes the archive of the Mercian Regiment. Created in 2007 from an amalgamation of the Cheshire Regiment, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Forester Regiment and the Staffordshire Regiment, the Mercians now truly represent the heart of our great nation.