Staffordshire Regiment Museum visitors to experience trench life

Soldiers in period costumes will be guiding visitors around The Staffordshire Regiment’s World War One trench system on Bank Holiday Monday.

A re-enactor in uniform in The Staffordshire Regiment Museum's trench system. Pic: Terry Fidgeon

A re-enactor in uniform in The Staffordshire Regiment Museum’s trench system. Pic: Terry Fidgeon

The 500ft replica includes an officer’s dug out, first aid station, fire step and tunnel.

Many Staffordshire miners were called to the front during the war to undertake the dangerous job of digging under the German lines to lay explosives in order to destroy the enemy trenches.

“As you walk the trench, the sound of sniper fire zips over head and big guns roar and rattle in the distance,” a spokesperson said. “Watch out for the warning cry of ‘gas, gas!’ and take cover at the flash and boom from an explosion in the tunnel.

“This evocative tour is an exciting, informative and enjoyable way to learn about the Great War for adults and children alike.”

Visitors will also be able to try on uniform and hold weapons from the period. There will also be the chance to explore the museum’s collections, which include recordings of real World War One soldiers talking about life in the trenches.

Tickets are £3 for adults and £2 for children under 16, senior citizens and full-time students. A family ticket for two adults and up to three children is £6. Tours start at 11am, 12 noon and 1pm.

For more details call the Staffordshire Regiment Museum on 01543 434394 or visit www.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com.

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