OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY – A dramatic reconstruction of the exciting events leading up to the Battle for Fort Detroit!

War of 1812 Bicentenary

Cardiff Castle. August Bank Holiday.  25th and 26th at 4pm.

The 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot served with distinction in Canada during the War of 1812, supported by Canadian Militia and Native Americans. There were two main American threats, one on the Niagara front and the other on the Detroit River to the west. General Brock left the Niagara front with 250 men to reinforce the 41st who were watching the Fort at Detroit.

At midnight on August 15th, 1812 our force crossed the river undiscovered, and as morning came moved to the attack. The British came closer, a white flag was raised and Detroit Fort was surrendered, winning the 41st the Battle Honours of ‘Detroit’ and ‘Miami’ and saving Canada for the Empire.

To commemorate this important anniversary, there will be an authentic military camp, drill displays by both the British and USA Infantry, demonstrating marching and live musket fire. This all culminates with a re-enactment battle of the surrender of Fort Detroit.

 This spectacular event in the grounds of Cardiff Castle uses the voices of actors, specially composed dramatic music and fully-costumed re-enactors (with live musket and cannon fire!) to tell the story of the battle for Fort Detroit through the eyes of a welsh soldier in the 41st Regiment.

For further information, please contact Rachel Silverson, Museum Curator on 029 2078 8598 or by emailing curator@cardiffcastlemuseum.org.uk

Listen here for a taster of what to expect at the weekend:  http://tim-riley.co.uk/?p=712

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Today, as the Olympic Games officially kick off with the GB Versus New Zealand Ladies Soccer, why not come along to the Firing Line Museum to take a look at our Sporting Life exhibition.

The exhibition takes a look at some of the sporting achievements of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards with its Winter Olympics Bobsleigh team…..and its most famous Olympic competitor, Captain Mark Phillips whose Olympic medals are on display.

You can also hear Rachel Silverson discuss the exhibition and the museum on BBC Radio Wales today around 4pm!


Today we were deligImagehted to host a visit by Royal Ontario Regiment Cadets. The young visitors were given a personal tour of the museum, and stopped especially to take a look at our Canada Case.

The Firing Line Museum has strong links to Canada and The Ontario Regiment throughout its history.

The 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot served with distinction in Canada during the War of 1812, supported by Canadian Militia and Native Americans. There were two main American threats, one on the Niagara front and the other on the Detroit River to the west. General Brock left the Niagara front with 250 men to reinforce the 41st who were watching the Fort at Detroit.

At midnight on August 15th, 1812 our force crossed the river undiscovered, and as morning came moved to the attack. The British came closer, a white flag was raised and Detroit Fort was surrendered, winning the 41st the Battle Honours of ‘Detroit’ and ‘Miami’ and saving Canada for the Empire.

To commemorate this important anniversary, on the weekend of 25th August 2012, there will be an authentic military camp, drill displays by both the British and USA Infantry, demonstrating marching and live musket fire. This all culminates with a re-enactment battle of the surrender of Fort Detroit. All events will take place at Cardiff Castle.


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Our War of 1812 Bicentenary event will be taking place Saturday 25th August 2012 until Sunday 26th August 2012.
The 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot served with distinction in Canada during the War of 1812.
To commemorate this anniversary, Firing Line. Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier will be hosting a War of 1812 Bicentenary Living History event.
There will be drill displays by both the British and USA Infantry, demonstrating marching and live musket fire, all culminating with a re-enactment battle of the surrender of Fort Detroit. An authentic military camp will be set up with cooking demonstrations, a glimpse into the surgical procedures used to treat the wounded, and a chance to have a closer look at the uniforms of the period.
Why not come along and join us! The event will take place on Saturday 25th August 2012 and Sunday 26th August 2012. For further information please take a look at the Firing Line website at: http://www.cardiffcastlemuseum.org.uk/

ImageIn the Footsteps of the 38th (Welsh) Division at Mametz Wood A talk by Major Ian R Gumm TD R Welsh On 1st July 1916 General Sir Douglas Haig launched his great offensive in the Somme region of France in an effort to drive the Imperial German Army back. This was to bec…ome the ‘Bloodiest Day’ in the history of the British Army and epitomised the ferocious fighting that was to follow. In the southern sector in the vicinity of Mametz, the 7th Division assaulted and drove the German Army northwards out of Mametz and northwards towards Contalmaison. In the days that followed they continued to press hard gaining ground and pushing the enemy back inch-by-inch. During the night of the 5th/6th July 1916, the 38th (Welsh) Division commanded by Major-General Ivor Philipps entered the line relieving the battle weary 7th Division. Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Horne, the GOC XV Corps, ordered them to assault the following day against the enemy in Mametz Wood. At 0830 on 7th July 1916 Brigadier-General H j Evans’ 115th Brigade advanced north-westwards across the valley from Marlboro’ Wood and Caterpillar Wood towards Mametz Wood. Our talk this evening is an account of what followed.
Date: 15th May 2012
Time: Arrive at 18.00 for 18.30 Talk, Dinner at 19.45 including wine.
Location: Firing Line Museum, based at Cardiff Castle
Wine Reception and Talk: £7.00 per person Wine Reception.  Talk & Dinner: £20.00 per person
Tickets can be purchased at http://www.cardiffcastlemuseum.org.uk/talks-and-lectures.html and must be booked in advance and no later than the 11th May 2012

Due to a Thunderstorm that took place on Thursday 12th April 2012, our museum telephone is currently out of service.

If you would like to contact the museum, please try ringing 02920 788370.

Similarly you can email us:

Curatorial Enquiries: curator@cardiffcastlemuseum.org.uk

Educational Enquiries:

education@cardiffcastlemuseum.org.uk

General Enquiries: admin@cardiffcastlemuseum.org.uk

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience.

Rachel Silverson – Museum Curator


Looking for some Post-Easter fun?!Why not come along and support our Hero rat Weekend.

The museum has recently adopted a mine detecting Hero Rat called Blossom.

These Rats have an exceptional sense of smell, and can be trained to detect explosives. Unlike metal detectors, they can detect both metal and plastic-cased landmines.

Rats provide a low-tech solution to the landmine problem, especially in low-resource environments.

Rats are light-weight (approximately 1.5 kg or less) and they will not set off mines when they stand on them (it typically takes 5 kg to set off a pressure-activated landmine).

Rats are very sociable and easy to train, and they don’t mind performing repetitive tasks (in exchange for a sweet reward!)

Rats are small and very cheap to feed, maintain, and transport.

Rats are motivated by food, and are less emotionally tied to their handlers than dogs – it is therefore easier to transfer them between handlers.

Rats require little veterinary care, are resilient to many tropical diseases and are highly adaptable creatures.

African giant pouched rats have a long life span (6-8 years) which means a solid return on the initial training investment.

Come and learn about the work of the Hero Rats and pick up our special Hero Rat spotters card and family trail for only 50p on this special weekend.

Cardiff Castle admission charges apply.  Please see our website for further details

http://www.cardiffcastlemuseum.org.uk/



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