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Bury St Edmunds military museum reopens after nine-month closure

The military museum has opened its doors after lockdown with a new pop-up display.

Suffolk Regiment Museum, on Newmarket Road, has been closed since October due to the resurfacing of the car park and lockdown restrictions.

Members of the public will be able to visit the museum for free every Wednesday and the first Sunday of the month..

Claire Wallace, museum curator for the Cambridge and Suffolk Regiment Museum said: "It's fantastic, we want to be able to reach out to the local community. It's really nice to be able to invite people back in and help them learn about their past."

She said the museum is run by volunteers and trustees who are dedicated to maintaining the high standards.

Something to watch out for in the museum is its new pop up display which educates visitors on what life was like for prisoners of war.

Other eye-catching exhibits include a collection of hand-crafted from World War 1. The items were made by war veterans as part of their rehabilitation, similarly to how craft work is used in mental health recovery today.

One of the only two Roubaix Drums in the world reside's in the Suffolk Regiment museum. The drum was ordered to be destroyed during the retreat in Dunkirk but the First Battalion Suffolk Regiment handed them to the people of Roubaix for safe keeping. The French later moved them to a safe place in a hat factory, where they were hidden in hat-boxes rediscovered many years later.

The museum first opened to the public in 1935 and was spread across various buildings on the Regimental Depot site, including the Sergeants' Mess and Officers' Mess before moving in 1968 to its present location in the former Armoury.

Booking for the museum is not necessary however, it is advised that larger groups call curator Claire Wallace on 01284 749317

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