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Robert Jarvis from Lowestoft war memorial museum is looking for volunteers to help him run the museum.
Robert with various First World War artefacts.

Robert Jarvis from Lowestoft war memorial museum is looking for volunteers to help him run the museum. Robert with various First World War artefacts.

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It is a museum that pays a fitting tribute to the people of Lowestoft who lost their lives during the two world wars and served during the global conflicts.

The Lowestoft War Memorial Museum was opened in Sparrow’s Nest Gardens in 1995 and has a wide range of artefacts, documents and photographs from the First and Second World Wars.

Not only does the museum show how men and women from the town and surrounding area fought in the wars, it also details how Lowestoft was on the front line as bombers, zeppelins, naval bombardments and U-boats targeted the coastal community, which played a pivotal role in defending the country.

And now as the museum prepares for the anniversary of the start of the First World World its curator has issued a plea for volunteers to come forward to help open it to the public.

Robert Jarvis is the only active museum volunteer and he plans to open it up for the Easter weekend and then regularly on Sundays, bank holidays and school holidays from May – if enough volunteers can be found.

When it was first opened by Jack Rose to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War the museum had about a dozen volunteers who were veterans of that war or had close links with the armed forces, including Mr Jarvis’s mother Jane.

Mr Jarvis, 38, who also writes local history books, said: “Sadly the volunteers have died and no one has come forward to replace them. Surely there must be someone in the town who is interested in its wartime role and history and would like to get involved here.”

To mark the anniversary of start of the First World War, the museum is setting up a history trial with all its exhibits from the war so children and families can find out more about the conflict and how it impacted on Lowestoft, such as the sinking of two U-boats off the town and deadly zeppelin raids.

Anyone interested in being a volunteer, who must be over 18, should email warmemorialmuseum@btinternet.com or ring 01502 517950.

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