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The Regimental Museums


The Regiment has four Museum Galleries, all of which need and deserve your support:


The Cheshire Military Museum is co-located with RHQ Outstation in The Castle, Chester CH1 2DN. Tel: 01244 327617. E-mail: museum@chester.ac.uk The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment Museum:


• The Worcestershire Regiment Museum is within the Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester. Tel: 01905 354359. E-mail: rhq@wfr.army.mod.uk


• The Sherwood Foresters Collection is located in two separate Galleries, one in Nottingham Castle and the other in the Derby City Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby. Tel: 0115 946 5214. E-mail: rhqmercian.notts@btinternet.com


The Staffordshire Regiment Museum is located alongside Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, Staffordshire. Tel: 01543 434395. E-mail: curator@staffordshireregmentmuseum


WFR Museum (Sherwood Forester Collection)


On 11 December 2008, John Bather, Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, officially opened the recently redesigned Military Gallery at Derby Museum and Art Gallery in The Strand. An innovative exhibition entitled “A Soldier’s Story” depicts the histories of not only The Sherwood Foresters but also two other local Derbyshire Regiments, The Derbyshire Yeomanry and 9th/12th Lancers. The project took over two years to complete with funding assistance from The Heritage Lottery Fund and contributions from all three regiments. Many exhibits have never been on display before and interactive screens provide detailed archive material and show film clips to illustrate particular events in the three regiments’ histories. A touch screen has been installed in the new gallery enabling the public to carry out their own first stage enquiries about members of any of the three regiments. The redesigned Gallery has received good reviews from the local press and has been commended by the Army


Museums’ Ogilby Trust and The Museums Journal. The Gallery in Nottingham Castle has also received a new user friendly touch screen and comments from both the staff and visitors have been very favourable about its easy to use format. If you enjoy visiting museums, we can recommend a visit to both galleries; there are items on display to attract the attention of all ages.


Over 50,000 names are now held on the archive database; service details and photographs can be accessed via the touch screen and, although information given is limited by the provisions of the Data Protection Act, a second stage enquiry from the public is usually received in Foresters House by either e-mail or post seeking - and giving - more information. We are delighted to receive such information which we would not otherwise have found and we regularly receive donations of militaria such as medals, personal letters and other items relating to members who have served with


the Regiment. We never cease to be amazed at the things which members of the public find in their attics! Some items can be very obscure including a small spoon with a dent on it: it saved a soldier’s life as it was in his breast pocket and deflected a bullet which would have proved fatal had the spoon not been there.


In recent months, the Museum has received a number of medal groups. In November 2008, Mr Brian Cloves and his wife visited from Lutterworth and kindly donated his grandfather’s Military Cross medal group comprising Military Cross, Queen’s South Africa Medal, King’s South Africa Medal, 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Mention in Despatches Oak Leaf plus a number of documents and a regimental sash awarded to 6410 RSM John Sephton who served during both the Boer War and World War I. Mrs K Shuker from Bakewell donated a Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Death Plaque awarded to LCpl


From L-R - Derby Medals Table; Foresters Panel; Uniform Case; Raising the Regiments; Derby Touchscreen 132 October 2009 The Mercian Eagle


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