On the right path to military knowledge in Warwick - The Leamington Observer

On the right path to military knowledge in Warwick

MILITARY attractions across Warwick have been brought together in one heritage trail.

The Warwick Military Heritage Trail provides both visitors and residents with eight locations to visit, which chart the history of the regiments that made their home there.

Venues include The Fusilier Museum Warwick, The Lord Leycester, The Museum of The Queen’s Royal Hussars, St Mary’s Church, Warwickshire County Record Office, The Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum, Warwick War Memorial and the Commonwealth War Graves at Warwick Cemetery.

A free trail leaflet is available from the Visitor Information Centre on Jury Street, Warwick, as well as from all the museums and venues listed on the trail.

Warwick District Council chair Coun Sidney Syson said: “Warwick is uniquely placed for having such a concentration of fascinating museums, buildings and places that celebrate its military history just a short walk from each other.

“It’s exciting to see the launch of this trail to raise awareness and connect these venues together on an educating journey through the town’s history.”

Warwick mayor Coun Oliver Jacques continued: “Warwick has a rich military history so it’s fantastic to bring all of this together in one place so visitors and townspeople alike can find out more about our town, its history and the important work of our museums in preserving it.”

The launch of the trail coincides with the formation of the Warwick Military Heritage Network, comprising all the venues in the town presenting a military offer. The network’s mission statement is “to publicise and promote Warwick’s military heritage, to enhance the town’s tourist offer and to encourage learning and education on this part of our county’s history”.

Retired Lt. Col. John Rice, chair of trustees at the Fusilier Museum Warwick, added: “This new heritage trail map for Warwick reflects the remarkable range of military heritage contained within the county town. With one of the strongest cultural offers of its kind outside London, the trail marks a new chapter of collaboration between local military heritage organisations to support Warwick’s tourism offer and increase the numbers of visitors to the town.”

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