21st Century Royal Anglian Soldier exhibit Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment Museum

The Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment Museum at Wardown House in Luton has recently added a 21st Century Royal Anglian Soldier exhibit to their gallery.

The centrepiece of the C21 exhibit is a life-size mannequin, dressed and equipped as a contemporary Royal Anglian Soldier. The mannequin is set against a photographic backdrop from Operation Newcombe in Mali. The exhibit sits at the end of the Bedfs.Herts Regt timeline looking forward to today’s Royal Anglian Regiment, and in this case to D (Bedfs.Herts) Company, 2nd Battalion in particular. The C21 Soldier’s integral information panel and the D Company Soldier are in turn further complimented with an audio-visual unit that displays our regimental films, The Regiment, The Soldier, The Officer, The Reservist.

The C21 Soldier was delivered and installed on a busy day during the school summer holidays, it attracted instant attention and numerous questions about life in the regiment.

The Museum

The Gallery display covers the history of the 16th Foot (later Bedfordshire Regiment, 1881-1919, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment, 1919-1958) from its formation in 1688 until its amalgamation with the Essex Regiment to form the 3rd East Anglian (later 3rd Royal Anglian Regiment) in 1958. Most of the items on display are post-1870.

The display is staffed by volunteers from 10am to 12 noon on Wednesdays only, who will be glad to offer advice on research enquiries. Most of the regimental archives and photographs are held by Bedfordshire Record Office, based at Bedford, and there is little at Wardown Park


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