The Friends of the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire)
The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) preserves the heritage and traditions of both the regular and reserve elements of the Mercian Regiment and its predecessors, originally the 29th Foot (subsequently to become the Worcestershire Regiment) and the 36th Foot (the Herefordshire Regiment). In 1881 these two regiments were joined together to form the Worcestershire Regiment, which was itself combined with the Sherwood Foresters in 1970. Since then, further amalgamations have resulted in the formation of The Mercian Regiment which has served with distinction in Afghanistan in recent years.
The collections consist of uniforms, badges, medals, accoutrements, weapons, archives, ephemera, paintings, drawings and prints, and the collections expand as a result of: bequests, the occasional purchase, and gifts from the public of relevant objects. Part of the collection is exhibited in a suite of galleries in Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum in the Foregate.
Single Membership costs £15 per year and Family Membership £20. These are minimum amounts and you are urged to consider contributing more. The benefits consist of:
• Two or three Newsletters a year with articles about objects in the collections and the people to whom they belonged,
• Two lectures a year, one of which is usually a 'show and tell' session with the curator and volunteers who display objects that are not part of the public exhibitions,
• The possibility of assisting the Museum as a volunteer depending upon being able to match 'your' skills or experience to jobs that need doing,
• 10% discount on Regimental Museum shop purchases.
• A discount on ticket prices for paying events.
THE PROGRAMME FOR 2015
PLEASE SUPPORT THE LECTURES AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS BUT PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IN FUTURE ENTRY FOR NON-MEMBERS WILL BE
£5 (to include a drink).
Wednesday 18th March 2015 7.00pm Dancox House
Mark Rogers will give a lecture entitled My Grandparents, The Worcesters, and the Great War
Mark Rogers’ interest in the Worcestershire Regiment stems from the fact that both his grandfathers, and two great uncles served with the 1st Battalion. The centre piece of the talk is a recording made in 1981 of his paternal grandfather’s experiences, parts of which will be heard during the talk. He vividly
recalls his experiences in the trenches, including describing how he saw two men win the Victoria Cross, and how he served under an officer who had already won it. The experiences of other relatives also feature, including how two of them lost their lives.
Wednesday 20th May 2015 AGM of the Friends at 6.30pm followed by a ‘Show and Tell’ at
7.00pm when half a dozen members will display and discuss items from their own collections ranging from regimental badges to Victorian period muskets and musketry. More details in the next Newsletter, but please note the timings.
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If you would like to join The Friends of the Mercian Regiment Museum send the following:
To Bob Prophet, Mercian Regiment Museum, Dancox House, Pheasant Street, Worcester WR1 2EE
I/We would like to join The Friends of the Mercian Regiment Museum and enclose a cheque for *£15.00/£20/£______ made out to The Friends of the Mercian Regiment Museum OR Standing Order form
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