Cardiff Castle's Firing Line celebrates 300 years of the Welsh soldier

By Culture24 Staff | 22 February 2010
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A new £1.8 million exhibition has opened at Cardiff Castle to celebrate the last 300 years of the Welsh military.

Firing Line is a collaboration between The 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards, The Royal Welsh and the local council, aimed at providing a modern gallery to take over the entire lower floor of the Interpretation Centre at the Castle.

"Our aim is to tell the story of the Welsh soldier over the last 300 years, from the creation of the two regiments, through the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 when both regiments fought together up to Iraq and Afghanistan today,” explained Christopher Dale, Museum Director of Firing Line.

"We have a mix of historical information, exhibits, a programme of living history events and hands-on activities to give our visitors an understanding of why ordinary people are prepared to do extraordinary things and carry out outstanding acts of bravery."

A highlight of the new museum, which is packed with artefacts and human stories, is the story of the nine men of the 24th Regiment of Foot who were awarded Victoria Crosses for their defence of the supply depot at Rorke's Drift in 1879.

The famous engagement of the Anglo-Zulu War saw the greatest number of Crosses ever awarded in one battle.

Also on display are an Afghan pennant and sword taken in Afghanistan in 1919 in what is reputed to be the last cavalry charge before horses were replaced with tanks and other vehicles.

"This high quality exhibition is a significant new addition to the visitor experience at Cardiff Castle," said Councillor Nigel Howells, Executive Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture.

"We welcome this partnership with the military which further supports the Council's aim to make the Castle a world class visitor attraction."

For more information visit the Firing Line website.

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