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Update on the Redout at Eastbourne

Posted by Barry Tippett on Mon, Mar 27 2017 at 02:20 PM CDT:

Since the Redoubt Fortress closed for the year in mid-November 2016, the pace of boxing up has increased fourfold. All the casemates are now clear and the last items are being accounted for on the modes database. During the last week all the firearms in the armoury have been stripped, cleaned and had preservation applied before bagging and tagging. This just leaves the remaining firearms in casemate 12 to be bagged, the swords preserved and packed and the books in the library to be boxed up and we will be ready to move.
We have been very fortunate in being offered storage space by the Sussex ACF at their headquarters in Brighton whilst we secure a permanent home. An Expanda store secure unit has been purchased and erected within the facility and the racking has all been erected by a very dedicated team. The final work on laying out the racking and moving in the last of the medal and display cabinets will take place place on Wed 29th March.
It has now been confirmed by the CE of Sussex ACF that we now have permission to store our firearms in their armoury. The transfer of these will hopefully take place sometime in April 2017, once all admin has been completed and liaison with Sussex Police.
The McNab collection is going on loan shortly (6 April 2017) to Stirling Castle which is the home of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum. Although the medal cabinets are going into storage with us, the medals in frames and the silver mounted infantryman are going on long term loan to the PWRR museum in Dover to augment their collection. Petworth council have also asked if we could return the memorial board to the fallen of the 4th Battalion for display in a local church and we have agreed to loan it to them on a long term basis (this is to be collected on Wed 5 April 17). Some of the Trustees also visited the workshop of the Invicta Military Vehicle Preservation Society on Saturday the 25th March to see progress on the restoration of Von Arnimís staff car and an update on this visit will be in the next Rousso.
A complete list of all items out on loan are in the new Outward Loan file.
So in summary, with the silver drums having been safely returned to Dover, the Association can be assured that the collection is safe and accounted for and will be going into temporary storage in the near future until we secure a new home.

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