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Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum


Royal Parade
East Sussex
BN22 7AQ

Tel: +44 01323 410300

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Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum
The Eastbourne Redoubt was built to keep Napoleon's armies out of Britain. It now invites you to discover more than 200 years of history within its walls. New for 2011 come and enjoy a new exhibition on the use of sewing, stitching and needlework in the well being of civilians and servicemen during the Second World War.

For over 200 years, the Redoubt has stood ready to defend the Eastbourne coast. It formed part of a chain of fortifications built to deter Napoleon's forces in the early 1800s, and it still stands as a unique monument to that time. Garrisoned by troops until the early 1900s and again during World War II the fortress is now a suitable and atmospheric home to three exciting military collections.

The Royal Sussex was our county regiment for more than 250 years. Discover soldiers' stories, campaign histories and original artefacts from the 1702 Spanish War of Succession to chases across the North African desert in 1942.

The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars collection celebrates the history of two famous cavalry regiments: The 4th Queen's Own Hussars and The 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars. Find out about their role in the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade and how words like 'cardigan' and 'balaclava' became part of our language.

The Sussex Combined Services collection displays focus on the county's connection to the armed forces during the Second World War. Here you can browse exhibits about the Royal Air Force, Royal Engineers, Royal Artillery and the Royal Navy, including the Wrens.

Stitch For Victory is the Redoubt’s major new exhibition for 2011. It explores the contribution made by stitching, embroidering, knitting, and needlework to the well being of civilians and servicemen during the Second World War.

Discover how stitching was used to steady people’s nerves in the air raid shelters, how it made your clothing rations go further, and provided ‘comforts’ and equipment for our boys on the front line. Did you know that soldiers were encouraged to embroider English scenes as they convalesced whilst prisoners of war documented their experiences with secret needles and thread?

This exhibition showcases artefacts, documents and memories brought together for the first time, many of which have never been on public display before, in an evocative and inspiring display.


  • Visit England Awards -Code of Practice Code of Practice 2012


  • Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VB Attraction
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Opening Times

2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* last recommended entry is 4.30pm.
Closed Mondays, except for Bank Holidays when we're open 10am-5pm.
Closed New Years Day, Good Friday, Christmas and Boxing Day


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