Take a Turn in the Trenches!

February 6, 2015

THE Staffordshire Regiment Museum will be holding a fascinating, interactive WW1 Discovery Day on Monday February 16th.

Uniformed members of the Museum’s education team will take you on an exciting tour of the fantastic WW1 trench system, and describe what life was like for soldiers during the Great War, complete with the sounds of sniper bullets whizzing past, the crack and rumble of German guns and cries of “Gas! Gas!”

This extraordinary 500ft trench system contains a dugout, gun positions, firing step, a first-aid position, a tunnel (used during the war to undermine the enemy trenches that were often just a short way away) and even a German ‘pillbox’.

Ammunition boxes are strewn around, sandbags line the walls and original signage points the way as the visitor is immersed in a professionally created soundscape that takes you straight to the trenches of WWI France.

Parents and children will also get the chance to try on uniforms, as well as handle weapons and equipment from the time, plus explore the Museum and its fascinating collections of medals (including VCs) weapons, uniforms, recordings of real WW1 soldiers talking about their experiences and much more.

Discovery Day tours will run regularly between 11am and 3pm (last entry 3pm). Adults £5, all concessions (children under 16, senior citizens and full-time students) £4, family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £20.

WW1 Discovery Days take place on all bank holidays, every Monday during school half term holidays and every Monday during school summer holidays.

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum can be found at DMS Whittington, Whittington, Lichfield, WS14 9PY. Tel: 01543 434394. Go to www.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com or Facebook: The Staffordshire Regiment Museum for further details.