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Redoubt Fortress Series of Interactive Curator Talks Opens with 100 Year Commemoration of Gas Warfare!
Brand new for 2015, Eastbourne’s iconic Redoubt Fortress kicks off its ‘Carry on Curator’ season with a hands-on interactive talk reflecting on 100 years since gas was first used in warfare. This new series of engaging curator talks will commence throughout 2015, in what will be a year filled with many historical commemorations.
From warfare weaponry and front line medical treatments, to the discovery of treasure, ‘Carry on Curator’ talks will enhance visitors understanding of the captivating collections at the Redoubt.

In a series of seven hands-on and informal talks, visitors can meet the collection curator Damian Etherington, handle and explore objects not normally accessible to the public and discover their story.

Starting the series on 31 March, ‘Carry on Curator – “Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!”, relates to an exhibition marking 100 years since gas was first used in warfare at the Second Battle of Ypres during the First World War in April 1915. During this event, the curator will explore the development of gas warfare from 1914–1999, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more through informal discussion and object handling.

‘Carry on Curator - “If I fail, he dies!”’ on 7 April will give visitors an opportunity to learn about some of the many medical artefacts and objects in the Redoubt’s archive, including pioneering medical treatments used at Eastbourne ‘Summerdown Camp’, the First World War convalescent camp which celebrates its 100th anniversary since opening in 1915.

Eastbourne Borough Council Senior Head of Tourism & Enterprise Philip Evans said “There is so much history behind the objects and artefacts which the Redoubt curator chooses to exhibit each year, and this series of interactive talks will give people a better understanding of the story behind many of these fascinating objects. With curator talks based on different themes spread across the year, there will be something to interest all history enthusiasts”.

Starting at 2pm on 31 March ‘Carry on Curator – “Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!”’ will be held within the gas exhibition of the museum. Visitors are invited to experience what a range of gasses smelt like, such as Phosgene and Mustard Gas, in an interactive display of synthetic replicas of gasses which were used in the first form of chemical warfare. The curator will showcase historical items including an original German gas mask from the First World War, Second World War public information leaflets and Cold War era anti-gas equipment, leading a discussion on the history of gas in warfare through objects that are not usually on display.

A First World War medical board letter to a local boy, a collection of photographs from the Second World War, a nurses uniform and early twentieth century medical kits, both military and civil, are just some of the interesting objects to be handled and discussed at ‘Carry on Curator –“If I fail, he dies!”’, at 2pm on 7 April.

With more ‘Carry on Curator’ talks to look forward to throughout the year such as; “The machine-guns chuckled tut-tut!”, “Seaward ho! Hang the treasure!” and “How many hours in Spits?” the series of interactive talks is set to be intriguing for all keen history learners. When Sussex Day is celebrated in Eastbourne on 16 June, entry to the Redoubt Fortress is free to all, and includes free entry to the Napoleonic themed “Pour la canaille: Faut la mitraille” curator talk.

Admission to ‘Carry on Curator’ talks are included within the museum entrance fee, however early booking for all events is advisable. For more information visit www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk or to book tickets call the Redoubt on 01323 410300.
14 April, 2015

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