Monday, 3 October 2016

Exploring Berwick // The Barracks

Berwick Military Barracks, one of Englands very first barracks that was purpose built, dates back to the early 18th century. Obviously, it being in my hometown, I have visited before...though quite a few years ago and so when Kerri visited back in May (it being pretty much our only museum) I decided to take her for a look around. That does mean that these photos are from five months ago however, I assume everything in this post is from permanent displays. 


This first building was jam packed with the most amazing military memorabilia apparently spanning a 325+ year history. Medals, uniforms from through the years, flags, extremely old weaponry and way more. Deserted minus 1 other couple that we briefly passed it had a slightly eerie feeling, though not in a bad way. Just in an interesting way that made you think more about everything you were seeing. I suppose some of the scenes with wax models were actually quite creepy though haha. Goodness knows how long we were actually in there but we could have really spent way longer if we'd had the time as there was just so much to see and read - maybe it calls for a second visit in the future.



Moving swiftly along we entered the building which I think is the 'By Beat of a Drum' exhibition. (It's been five months - excuse my memory). As you can see it pretty much details the life of a military man and his family from the past.
Again, we probably could have done with more time to explore this exhibition too, but ah well, at least we got to pop our heads into every building. There is still another part to this but as there are so many photos here I'll pop them in another soon.

Is there a Barracks in your town? Have you visited Berwick's Barracks or another? Is it somewhere you'd like to visit?



6 comments:

  1. I don't know if it's a barracks (I'm not too sure of the exact definition/difference) but we have a disused army camp just up the road from where I work. It's currently not in use, as anything, but I've heard rumours that they are either selling it off or re-commissioning it. This looks like a wonderful museum to visit! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Oh I hope it isn't sold and turned into something else. It would be nice to preserve it or have a museum like ours! It was great!

      xo

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  2. Hey! That's me! :)

    Ah, a second visit is definitely needed! I'm terrible for just wandering round and not reading anything in museums, I need Kris, he's quite the speed reader so he always gives me the interesting information haha!

    I love these photos! They are so much better than mine, but now that I have my newer camera, I think I could get better ones if we went for a second visit!

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    1. It is! Can you believe it's taken so long to get this up?! haha

      100% I'm the same. I usually take photos of plaques etc and read them later haha.

      I bet yours are better!

      xo

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  3. This was really interesting, I love that shot of all of the medals and the various bit of memorabilia on display. I always find things like this really interesting, so I must get over to Berwick someday and explore the area! Really interesting, thanks for sharing. - Tasha

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    1. Thank you. It's insane how much memorabilia they have and to think of the men who owned it all. Really is extremely interesting.

      xo

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