Uniformly happy at military museum

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DOZENS of youngsters and their families got a sneak preview of a military museum when they took part in a day of activities.

In total, 118 children and their families took part in the It’s a Soldier’s Life activity session at Doncaster Museum – using items from the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum.

They were also given a peak through the door to see how work is progressing on the redevelopment of the regimental museum, which is due to reopen on Monday, September 12.

Craft activities included making and dressing a card soldier in the style of the 1750s and making a Minden rose.

Children got the chance to dress up in uniforms from both World War One and World War Two to try on.

There was also a display of medals won by soldiers from the regiment and an exhibition of how Doncaster’s civilians were affected by wars.

A museum spokeswoman said: “The activity’s military theme marked preparations to reopen the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum on September 12.

“The new KOYLI museum will allow visitors to follow the origin of the Regiment to its amalgamation with the Rifles, find out why people joined the Regiment, what life was like for the families of the soldiers and just what the World War One ‘Tommy’ had to endure in the reconstructed trench section.

“Using new interactives, visitors can also listen to diary extracts from the Officers and soldiers of the KOYLI.”

The redevelopment work has been backed by more than £200,000 in Lottery grants.

Children’s activities will be running at the museum every Tuesday from 1.30pm until 3.30pm and Wednesday from 10.30am until 12.30pm throughout the school summer holidays.