Explosion! Museum 2013
Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower, Gosport, Hampshire, 6-7 April 2013
This was the first year the Garrison had officially participated in this event. With just a single gun and single detachment our contribution to proceedings was relatively modest but seemed to be appreciated by the organisers and public. Our gun position, perched on a narrow earth rampart, was not ideal but we managed well enough.
The event itself seemed well organised and had plenty going on to keep people occupied, and the museum site was full of interesting buildings and artefacts. As well as a good selection of re-enactors, we had competition on the artillery front from a naval 4.7'' gun and the Royal Armouries' Sexton. The highlight amongst Garrison members, however, was probably the Red Cross Clubmobile, that for two-pounds a day provided unlimited tea, coffee and donuts! We also had our own billets on site, which provided us with a useful base of operations where we could take a break, cook food, etc.
In all this was a great event, with much potential. Hopefully we can go again next year and bring a bit more kit to put on an even better display.
A few days later, Keith received the following e-mail from an ex Royal Engineers captain who had attended this event:
''This Sunday I visited the Spirit of The 1940s at the Explosion Museum in Gosport, where I first came across The Garrison re-enactment group. I was very impressed with your groups standards of presentation and I wish to pay particular praise to your Battery Sergeant Major who gave a fantastic talk / demonstration and came over as a real character. Would you be so kind as to pass my comments on to all the relevant people involved at this event. It was very nice to see a group of re-enactors that actually looked and behaved like real soldiers.''