Don’t miss First World War Remembrance Centre

Charles Haskell and Daisy Potter look at First World War items

Charles Haskell and Daisy Potter look at First World War items

The Princess Anne was the fourth SRN4 built at BHC Cowes. The other five  were: The Princess Margaret, Swift, Sure, The Sir Christopher and The Prince of Wales.

Hovercraft that crossed Channel in 40 minutes with 400 passengers

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Now most of the talk about the first day of the Battle of the Somme has passed I must guide you to the First World War Remembrance Centre at Fort Widley on Portsdown Hill.

This superb museum is packed from floor to ceiling with artefacts from the period and much of the material may be touched. The full four years of the war can be seen in detail.

Many artefacts from the battlefields are on display including weapons, helmets and personal items the soldiers left behind in the mud.

If you are lucky, Charles Haskell, the brilliant and enthusiastic director and curator will be on hand to talk to you. If not, one of his dedicated band of volunteers will do just as good a job.

Admission is £3. Call (023) 9279 8751 for opening times. You’ll need to climb a flight of steps to get into the museum.

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