Landguard Fort Museum at Felixstowe on the Suffolk coast has become the latest museum to accept a 21st Century Royal Anglian Soldier exhibit. The C21 project aims to link our own regimental history to the historical narrative of our forbear regiments, in this case the Suffolk Regiment and the East Anglian Regiment. Both regiments garrisoned the impressive coastal fort at different times in their history.
The centrepiece of the exhibit is a life-size mannequin, dressed and equipped as a contemporary Royal Anglian Soldier. In addition, there is a pull-up banner which displays a narrative linking the history of the forbear regiments, and linking forward to today’s Royal Anglian Regiment, and in this case to B (Suffolk) Company of the 1st Battalion in particular. The narrative and the mannequin are in turn complimented with an audio-visual unit that displays our regimental films.
A further 2 C21 Soldiers are scheduled for delivery to the Essex Regiment Museum at Chelmsford, and the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment Museum at Wardown House in Luton. The two new exhibits will link their narratives to C (Essex) Coy, 1st Battalion, and D (Bedfs & Herts) Coy, 2nd Battalion.