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Mercians are coming to Mansfield Museum

Posted onPosted on 5th Jul

Mansfield Museum is hosting a touring exhibition from the Mercians Regiment.

To mark the occasion there is a free event in the museum on Friday, 13th July, from 10am to 2pm, asking: ‘Was Your Grandfather A Soldier?’

As the country marks 100 years since the end of the first world war, Mercian curator and archivist Jennifer Bookman will help people to trace any ancestors who may have fought for the regiment.

The Museum of the Mercian Regiment is located at Nottingham Castle, but the castle has now closed for two years while being extensively redeveloped.

Jodie Henshaw, of Mansfield Museum, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce that, for part of that period of closure, Mansfield Museum has been fortunate enough to become a second home to this prestigious collection.

“The Mercian consists of a prestigious display of memorabilia from the local regiment – formerly the Sherwood Foresters. Its stay here on Leeming Street will allow easy access to the collection’s splendours for Mansfield people.

“As well as the attraction of the collection itself, several special events, including Meet A Soldier and a peace picnic, plus other activities for young and old, will make this a one-off occasion that is not to be missed.”

Remembering WW1 – Museum of the Mercian Regiment on Tour will be on show until Saturday, 24th November. There will also be a full programme of events linked to the display.

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