Visit the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire) which tells the story of over 300 years of history of the County infantry Regiment, from its raising in 1674 to the Fusiliers of today.
Greeted by a soldier of 1744 the story of the “Warwickshire Lads”, from Private to Field Marshal, is revealed through an exciting mixture of real objects and interactives. Lots to do for all the family – try on uniforms (a great photo opportunity!) and experience night vision. Discover stories about Hannah Snell, a remarkable female soldier; the Regimental mascot, Bobby the antelope; and the sinking of the Birkenhead off the coast of South Africa which led to the saying ‘women and children first’. Find out about the Regiments famous sons, notably Field Marshals Montgomery and Slim. See displays about both World Wars. Look at the Bairnsfather cartoons, listen to veterans’ experiences of D-Day and marvel at the medals.
The museum is situated in a 17th century Grade I listed house, which is regarded as one of the most important buildings in Warwick. The mediaeval Hospital of Saint John the Baptist was founded by the Earl of Warwick on the site in about 1154. On the Dissolution of the Monasteries the land was passed to the Stoughton family. Between 1666 and 1670 Nathaniel Stoughton rebuilt the house very much as it is today. In the 20th century it was used as a military records office and it has been a museum since 1961.