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War Memorial Museum celebrates 21st birthday in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 May 2016

Lowestoft War Memorial Museum in Sparrow's Nest celebrated its 21st Birthday. 

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Lowestoft War Memorial Museum in Sparrow's Nest celebrated its 21st Birthday. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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A celebration was held to mark 21 successful years at a popular town museum.

And for supporters of the Lowestoft War Memorial Museum, there was also a chance to commemorate the centenary of the First World War at a special event held last Sunday.

A replica Anderson Shelter, including bunk beds, gas masks, a chamber pit and wartime posters, is already proving popular with visitors to the historic museum in Sparrow’s Nest in 2016.

Along with exhibitions surrounding the Bombardment of Lowestoft and the Zeppelin raids on the town, museum curator Robert Jarvis has also organised a First World War trail around the museum.

Reflecting on his 21 years as curator, Mr Jarvis said: “We are moving forward all the time and making improvements.

“You never stop learning – there is always something new to be found out about the First and Second World War.”

Invited guests came together for a reception to mark the anniversary – with the chance to view exhibits and speak about their memories of the town.

Among those attending the celebration was Waveney MP Peter Aldous.

“Robert Jarvis is doing tremendous work carrying on from the work that Jack Rose did setting up the museum 21 years ago and it’s very appropriate to have an event to remember that,” he said.

“As we are now in the centenary of the Great War, it very much does focus the mind that Lowestoft was on the front line of hostilities and it’s important to remember those people who gave so much.”

The museum is open every Sunday from noon until 4pm and between 10.30am and 2pm on Mondays and Thursdays through until October.

Mr Jarvis and the team are still keen for volunteers to help survey the Lowestoft cemetery, with the aim of adding further names to the roll of honour.

He is also hoping to host further interactive events, including talks and slideshows over the coming months.

For more details, type Lowestoft War Memorial Museum into Facebook or call 01502 517950.

Are you organising a celebration in Lowestoft? Email joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk


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