Redoubt - Fortress and Military Museum

Redoubt - Fortress and Military Museum
Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum
Royal Parade
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN22 7AQ
England

Website

www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk

E-mail

redoubtmuseum@eastbourne.gov.uk

Telephone

01323 410300

Fax

01323 732240

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For nearly 200 years, the Redoubt Fortress has defended the Eastbourne coast. Formerly a barracks and store depot, it formed part of the chain of Martello Towers which stretched from Folkstone to Seaford.

Today this magnificent building provides the perfect setting for the largest military museum on the south coast. The museum holds the Regimental Collections of The Royal Sussex and The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars and also the Sussex Combined Services.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Castle or defences, Archaeological site

Opening hours

Open 1 April 2014

Open Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm.

Admission charges

Adult - £4.50
Over 60 - £3.25
Child - £2.50
Student - £3.25
Concessions available for families and groups.
Free entrance to gun platform, parade ground and The Outpost Cafe. Admission charge payable for museum.

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Additional info

Free on-street and Pay & Display parking available nearby. Disabled parking bays on Royal Parade. A platform stairclimber suitable for most manual wheelchairs is avaible for access to the museum - please phone to book.

The museum consists of several collections, primarily those of two distinguished regiments of the British Army, The Royal Sussex Regiment and The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars. The other major collection is that of the Sussex Combined Services Museum, which records all military ties with the county.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Coins and Medals, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Photography, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Royal Sussex Regiment
  • The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars
  • The Sussex Combined Services Collection
  • Eastbournes Home Front
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Redoubt Portrait

Behind The Smile: Hidden Stories of the Redoubt's Portraits

  • 1 April — 1 June 2014 *on now

The Redoubt's first exhibition of 2014 looks at the hidden meanings behind a selection of portraits from the museum collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4.50 / £3.25 concessions
£2.50 children
£12 Family (up to five people)

Edmund Blunden

Edmund Blunden - Undertones of War

  • 14 June — 16 November 2014

The Redoubt's main exhibition of Royal Sussex soldier and war poet Edmund Blunden, looking at original hand-written poems sent back from the front and items belonging Edmund Blunden.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4.50
£3.25 concessions
£2.50 children
£12 Family ticket (Up to five people)

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Richard van Emden

Redoubt Military History Series

  • 10 May 2014 2-4pm

A British soldier walked over to the German front line to deliver newspapers; British women married to Germans became 'enemy aliens' in their own country; a high-ranking British POW discussed his own troops' heroism with the Kaiser on the battlefield. Just three amazing stories of contact between the opposing sides in the Great War that eminent historian Richard van Emden has unearthed - incidents that show brutality, great humanity, and above all the bizarre nature of a conflict between two nations with long-standing ties of kinship and friendship.

Meeting the Enemy reveals for the first time how contact was maintained on many levels throughout the War, and its stories, sometimes funny, often moving, give us a new perspective on the lives of ordinary men and women caught up in extraordinary events.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 / £10 concessions. Ticket prices include entry to the museum, plus tea and coffee during the lecture.

Some Like It Hot

Redoubt presents... Some Like It Hot

  • 17 May 2014 7-10pm

The Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum is taking part in Museums at Night 2014, and disguise is the theme! We are encouraging all of our guests to take part in disguising themselves when they attend this film screening for comedy classic Some Like It Hot.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£5

The Redoubt presents Disguises with Holly Webb

  • 17 May 2014 2-3:30pm

A disguise themed family friendly event where visitors can meet children's author Holly Webb and take part in disguise inspired activities and a trail. Followed by a book signing.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • Family friendly
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Children £3.00

Destination D-Day book by David Rogers

Redoubt Military History Series

  • 7 June 2014 2-4pm

Arguably the Normandy landings were the most complex single operation in the history of modern warfare, maybe of any conflict. David provides rich and fascinating detail on these and other aspects of the preparations in the UK for D-Day and the battle for Normandy.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 / £10 concessions. Ticket prices include entry to the museum, plus tea and coffee during the lecture.

Robin Savage

Redoubt Military History Series

  • 5 July 2014 2-4pm

D-Day: The Last of the Liberators is a collection of portraits of some of the last surviving Normandy veterans. This talk focuses on the individual and is a record of the experience at the most personal level, viewed with the benefit of seven decades of perspective.
Robin Savage is a London based professional freelance photographer. Robin's love of photography is matched by a long-held and particular fascination with the First and Second World Wars, especially the Normandy landings of 1944.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 / £10 concessions. Ticket prices include entry to the museum, plus tea and coffee during the le

Andy Robertshaw

Military Ancestry Road Show

  • 2 August 2014 10am-4pm

Join Andy Robertshaw and take the first step to link your family with the past; identify and understand objects, artefacts, curios and souvenirs passed down through generations.

Bring your items along to be identified by the experts!

Military and conflict related history requires a specialist understanding of the subject due to its often technical nature and the culture of military tradition and terminology.

The Military Ancestry Road Show (MARS) enables non-specialist family historians to discover the connection between members of their family who served in the armed forces or were involved in some way with conflicts, with the help of experts and specialist in military history, research and artefact identification.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2 per 10 minute session with an expert.

Peter Doyle

Redoubt Military History Series

  • 4 October 2014 2-4pm

Objects are the way in which we can touch the past, and they play a living role in history today. Through them, we can understand the experience of men and women during the First World War men whose only morning comfort in the trenches was the rum ration, children who grew up with only one photograph of the father they would never get to know, women who laboured in crowded hospitals within earshot of the frontline, pinning on brooches to remind themselves of past lives. Surviving objects from the Great War are diverse. Amongst personal artefacts and propaganda are archaeological finds, momentous weapons like the machine gun and the tank that so transformed the battlefield to aircraft that pilots had barely learned to fly entangled in dogfights and German submarines that stalked shipping across the seas. Peter’s talk along with his presentation of some of the actual objects, bring a fresh perspective to the tragedy and triumph of the war to end all wars across the world.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 / £10 concessions. Ticket prices include entry to the museum, plus tea and coffee during the lecture.

Redoubt Military History Series

  • 1 November 2014 2-4pm

The Battle of Fromelles was the worst-ever military disaster in Australian history. In one night, Australian soldiers suffered casualties equivalent to the total toll of the Boer War, Korean War and Vietnam War combined. This relatively unknown story was bought to the fore in 2010 with the opening of the first new Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery since the Second World War. Historian Peter Barton played a crucial role in identifying the location of the missing and discusses this topic in more detail discussing what the German archives can teach us.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 / £10 concessions. Ticket price includes entry to the museum, plus tea and coffee during the lecture.

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