Monty’s mu­seum bat­tles to sur­vive Reg­i­men­tal col­lec­tion faces fund­ing cri­sis

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Mike Lock­ley

ber of peo­ple who come may de­cline. It’s Catch 22.”

Cap­tain Rice does not solely blame the MoD for his mu­seum’s ills.

“Mat­ters mil­i­tary are fad­ing from the pub­lic con­science, if I’m hon­est,” he added. “But our ‘take’ is that we’re part of the his­tory of War­wick­shire and the West Mid­lands.”

There is no doubt that the mu­seum’s demise would be a huge his­tor­i­cal loss to the area. It houses more than 10,000 items in­clud­ing reg­i­men­tal colours and four of the six Vic­to­ria Crosses won by War­wick­shire sol­diers in the First World War.

The build­ing tells the story of one of this coun­try’s most fa­mous mil­i­tary forces – a reg­i­ment that gave the na­tion Field Mar­shall Mont­gomery.

Old sol­diers in­cluded car­toon­ist Bruce Bairns­fa­ther, au­thor AA Milne and crick­eter Percy Jeeves.

Vol­un­teer David Sut­cliffe, a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer, said: “Most of these items have been do­nated by ex-mem­bers of the reg­i­ment or their fam­i­lies in the ex­pec­ta­tion that they would be main­tained for the per­ma­nent ben­e­fit of the pub­lic. This mu­seum is the last link with one of the most fa­mous Reg­i­ments in the Bri­tish Army which re­cruited all over the Mid­lands, es­pe­cially the cities of Birm­ing­ham and Coven­try. Birm­ing­ham alone pro­vided 3 ‘Pals’ Bat­tal­ions in the First World War of the 31 pro­vided in to­tal by the reg­i­ment.”

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