Popular military museum marks First World War centenary

Nottinghamshire's military museum at Thoresby Park.
Nottinghamshire's military museum at Thoresby Park.

Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Nottinghamshire’s military museum at Thoresby this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The museum continues to buck the national trend in terms of popularity and received its 200,000th visitor last year since it opened to the public in July 2011.

It is now fully open for the 2018 season and expects to greet at least 35,000 people to the Thoresby Courtyard to see its special displays on The Great War.

A spokesman said: “We have updated exhibits, highlighting the role played by local regiments in the closing months of the war.

“Visitors can also experience the conditions endured by the soldiers in a reconstruction of a First World War trench, with visual and sound effects, depicting what it was like to live in such cramped conditions under enemy fire.

“The museum, which is free to enter, offers a great day out for visitors of all ages, celebrating both the history and current activity of the British Army.”

Other major events that are being commemorated at the museum this year include ‘Advance To Victory’, a series of battles that took place on the Western Front between August and November, 1918.

The 75th anniversary of the heroic role played by Nottinghamshire soldiers in helping to end the North African campaign in the Second World War is also being remembered.

The museum was created by The Queen’s Royal Lancers, a regular cavalry regiment, and both Nottinghamshire Yeomanry regiments, the Sherwood Rangers and the South Nottinghamshire Hussars.