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Fascinating ‘Carry On Curator’ Interactive Events Continue at Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress!
The third in a brand new series of interactive ‘Carry on Curator’ talks takes place on 26 May at Eastbourne’s iconic Redoubt Fortress, and explores the development of machine-guns throughout the First and Second World Wars.
‘Carry on Curator: “The machine guns chuckled tut-tut”’ is an opportunity for visitors to take a closer look at the redisplayed armoury and weapons collection at Eastbourne’s Redoubt Military Museum.

In this hands-on and informal talk, attendees will meet the collection curator Damian Etherington, safely handle weapons and learn some of the fascinating stories behind them.

Beginning with a brief run-through of the development of weapons throughout the 1800s this session will focus on machine guns from Germany, Russia and America used in the Frist and Second World Wars we have within our collections.

Eastbourne Borough Council Senior Head of Tourism and Enterprise Phil Evans said “‘Carry on Curator’ events are informal, relaxed opportunities for the Redoubt’s curator to show off the hidden gems of the museum’s collections. The first two events in the series were well received and sparked lively discussion with visitors. Positive feedback showed that visitors enjoy discovering the unique story of the items in the events, which are brought to life through object handling and fascinating discussion with an expert.”

For Sussex Day, 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” Carry on Curator. Coinciding with the Waterloo 200 commemoration, the event will explore items from the stores, such as an 1813 Napoleonic General’s jacket, original newspapers reporting both the Battle of Trafalgar and Waterloo and some original weapons from the period.

This series of engaging curator talks continues throughout 2015, in a year which has already seen a number of historical commemorations, with many more to come. From Aircraft parts and front line medical treatments, to the discovery of treasure, ‘Carry on Curator’ talks aim to enhance visitors’ understanding of the captivating collections at the Redoubt Fortress.

With more ‘Carry on Curator’ talks to look forward to throughout the year such as “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.

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.
26 May, 2015

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