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Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum revamp work is marching ahead

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 18, 2014

  • Lavinia Drake in a newly repainted room

  • The outside of the museum

  • Former Glosters sergeant Paul Whittard puts gloss on a door frame

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HISTORY will come alive at the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum on completion of a refurbishment project that is breathing new life into the venue.

The centre, in Commercial Road, closed to the public in November. Since then tradesmen have been stripping out the museum, ready for a new look to be unveiled at Easter.

Lavinia Drake, museum manager, said: “There is extensive work going on behind the scenes with staff and volunteers pulling out all the stops to get the museum ready.

“We’re all very excited to see the plans come to life, with plenty of hands on activities for the whole family. So far the rooms have been gutted and repainted in grey, to highlight the beautiful colours of the regimental artefacts on display. As well as new display cases, story boards and models, the galleries will have several touch screen digital interactives, telling more soldier stories, fascinating facts and educational games for children.”

Funded by the Heritage Lottery, it is the first major works to be completed at Custom House since the museum opened in 1990.

Exhibits and displays there tell the story of Gloucestershire Regiments from 1694 through to the current day Rifles.

Special visits can be made to the Long Room, a room above the museum not usually open to the public to hear a special talk on Thursday, January 30.

Historian John Putley will give a talk on the life of a medieval soldier from 7pm.

For tickets, call the museum on 01452 522682.

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