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  • History of the Redoubt Napoleonic Fortress in Eastbourne
    the military collection tells the story of the WWI conflict World War II View footage of Eastbourne during the war years from the infamous Pub Crawl bombing raid to a captured German staff car once used by Rommel Gulf War The Queen s Royal Irish Hussars collection dates from the Crimean War right through to the modern day Gulf War featuring desert uniform and equipment View All Collections Discover more about war history throughout all three of the military collections REDOUBT FORTRESS 1804 PRESENT Napoleonic Beginnings In 1803 Britain was at war with the French A revolution had taken place in France and General Napoleon Bonaparte had declared himself ruler and head of their army Napoleon had conquered Italy subdued Austria and was turning his attention towards Britain He began to prepare barges and ships to carry up to 167 000 soldiers across the Channel In 1804 the British government ordered a massive Building programme of defences along the South Coast to protect Britain from this potential invasion including 103 Martello Towers and three grander circular fortresses at Eastbourne Dymchurch and Harwich Napoleon is Defeated In 1805 Admiral Nelson defeated the French navy at the Battle of Trafalgar At the same time the French army turned its attention away from the invasion of Britain and headed east to fight the Austrians and Russians Napoleon never again had the chance to invade By 1859 advances in warfare and artillery meant that a British Government report found that Martello Towers and Redoubts were not an important element of security against attack The Redoubt slowly fell into disuse First World War During the First World War the Redoubt was used as an Army Provost Corps Military Police headquarters and town guardroom The cells that formed part of this can still be visited In

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  • The Redoubt Fortress Napoleonic Display
    Napoleonic display and interior features of the Fortress Napoleonic Displays Explore the Fortress Discover the mysteries of Firepower and Fortification at 11am and the secrets of the Lockup Latrines 2 30pm every Tuesday and Wednesday Daily tours of the Redoubt also at 11am 2 30pm Discover the Redoubt s secrets Uniform displays Explore the caponier and other original features Discover Life as a Napoleonic Soldier in Casemate 2 The walls of casemates 2 and 3 still have their black iron shelf frames Under each shelf frame there would have been a bed and when the beds were folded away during the day soldiers hung their kit on these frames There may have been some women living at the Redoubt as officially the Army allowed six officers in a company to live with their wives on site They would share the same barracks or sleeping quarters as the rest of the men with only a blanket hung across the room from privacy The Redoubt Model Casemate 2 includes a model of the Redoubt shown as it was during its 19th Century heyday giving an impression of the size and scale of this magnificent building Did You Know The Redoubt housed up

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  • Archaeology
    now say with some degree of confidence that the burial site is confined to the very top of the hill and to either side of the Willingdon Road The lower part of the slope running to the north seems to not have been used or if it was evidence was quarried away some three hundred years ago and the resulting hollow later filled by the excavation of the new road around 1822 We actually found evidence of the roadworkers in the form of their discarded clay pipes dating to the late Georgian period and after digging so many trenches through the chalk the excavators began to sympathise with them The earlier use of the hill was also identified in at least two field boundaries that had been buried and forgotten for over 200 years A number of areas that contained graves have been identified and three very badly damaged examples were excavated in order to save them from further damage as they were found just below the present surface of the ground Although these were already truncated and disturbed by later works the team managed to rescue the very partial remains of three individuals dating back to the Saxon era Without further study we can say little about them at present but one in particular may show yet again that the community who buried their dead on this hill were looking after the weakest and oldest in society with great care During the two weeks we were on site the recurring question from visitors was why were they burying people here Just standing on the site and stripping back the landscape of modern buildings in the minds eye may just give us a clue This hill a ridge between the sea and the Downs had spectacular views and still does if you peek between the houses For someone living in this community 1400 years ago the views would have taken in all of the territory and resources that made life possible To the east and south was the sea and we already know from our Eastbourne Ancestors Project that these people had a highly marine based diet Before the sea was the salt marsh an already incredibly valuable environment for over 1500 years before our Saxon community lived here rich in flora and fauna used for food grazing and even the raw materials for roofing their thatched houses It is possible that salt production was also important as it had been to their forbears in Roman times and the Iron Age Moving to the foot of our ridge we would have seen what may have been our settlement with houses and weaving huts running along the lower slopes next to the marsh perhaps with the posher dwellings a little further up To the north views stretch all the way to the High Weald an area of iron production that would have been valued if not visited by our community Then forming a sort of amphitheatre embracing our site to the

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  • Summerdown Camp Project in Eastbourne
    about the tragic tales of the soldiers suffering from shellshock or the effects of gas attacks and the fleeting romances between convalescing soldiers and local women Wounded Soldiers in Eastbourne The soldiers being cared for at the camp were known as Blueboys because of the coloured and often ill fitting uniform they were required to wear They became a familiar sight around Eastbourne and brought home the terrible realities of war as well as some much welcomed soldierly cheer to the town s residents These untold and unheard stories of Summerdown Camp and exciting revelations about the medical treatments can be found in the Summerdown Camp Archive To discover these stories contact us Uncover the untold stories of the camp From the soldier from South Africa injured 5 times before being send to recover at Summerdown to the heartbreak felt by the W A A C cooks when the soldiers returned to the front line Find out about the cook leaving her home for the first time to work with heroic soldiers from all over the world convalescing in Eastbourne the tales of revolutionary medical treatments of the Military Massage Corps or the postman awarded the military medal received experimental treatment at hospital before arriving to convalesce at Summerdown Camp Stories from the camp We ve discovered some incredible stories From the soldier at the camp who enlisted at the beginning of the war aged 15 met a girl from Old Town and married in St Mary s Church in 1919 to the heartbreak felt by the W A A C cooks when the soldiers returned to the front line Revealed after 100 years We have unearthed some incredible artefacts from the only surviving piece of land from Summerdown Camp Perhaps the most poignant finds are the two silver shillings

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  • Membership and Newsletters
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