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We are a Regimental Museum completely supported by Volunteers and our aim is to safeguard the heritage and collective memory of those who have served with the Warwickshire Yeomanry so that both present and future generations may learn the importance of the past through its history.
The Last Parade
We are very proud of our living history project in conjunction with "Torn Corner Limited" that has produced a DVD of the story of the change from Horses to Tanks, described by the soldiers who were there.
See a clip from the DVD
"The Last Parade" The DVD can be purchased at the museum
The Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum
15th February 2013
On Tuesday 5th February, Francis Godwin, Unlocking Warwicks’ community engagement officer, and Keith Hamilton, project architect, visited the workshops of Eura in Telford where the restoration of the statue of Justice is being carried out.The cast, lead statue was in a poor state of repair when she was lowered onto a waiting lorry back in late October last year.
On close inspection she was found to be very weak at certain points, her right (dexter) hand was extremely badly corroded and of course her sword has been missing for many years.
At some point it seems that she has lost her back and was filled with rubble and plaster and an iron armature fixed vertically inside with which to secure the statue to the building. It may be that she has actually tipped forward in the past prompting these rather makeshift repairs.At the Eura workshop the statue has had all of the rubble removed from within and an intricate steel armature constructed to hold her very solidly in shape. Repairing welds have been made where necessary and a new right hand added with which she will hold her new sword.
Work to underpin the rear of the old Court House has now begun in order that the lift shaft to the basement can be excavated. Firstly, vertical shafts will be dug and filled with concrete – the photo below shows the first of these.
Also……some original oak paneling has been uncovered at the back of the old town council office. The job now is to build this unexpected find into the new design for the Tourist information office.
All Photographs Courtesy of Unlocking Warwick Project.
Since June the Museum Conservation Team has met weekly to maintain clean & polish items in the secure store. The Uniforms were put into adeep freeze at minus 30 degrees in heavy duty sealed polythene bags for one week in early June. They have since been thoroughly inspected and are now residing in their splendid protective hanging clothing bags made and provided by Margaret Haycock of Kenilworth. Surprisingly given the age of the uniforms only a handful of these require minor repairs which will be addressed before the Museum re-opens next year. John Haycock is gradually cleaning and restoring swords and other weapons and a review of the condition of all pictures and their frames has commenced.
Building works are now underway and completion is expected within 36 weeks with fitting out taking a further three to four months. The Museum will gain additional display and storage space in what should be a much improved basement thanks to the Unlocking Warwick Project and the Heritage Lottery funding scheme. All being well this time next year the Museum will be back in place.