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Hampshire's military heritage commemorates WW1 and D.Day

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

As Hampshire commemorates the centenary of the First World War and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, this years Defence of the Realm pocket guide highlights the events being held at Hampshire's military heritage sites.

With over 30 sites based in Hampshire, the new pocket guide highlights a superb collection of castles, museums, great ships and stately homes that have had a defining role in shaping the history of this unique county.

The pocket guide is available free from Tourist Information Centres, by calling 01271 336136 or ordering on-line at www.defenceoftherealm.co.uk. It also includes discount vouchers so visitors can make savings of up to 20% on normal admission fees.

Sites and events included in the guide range from Winchester's Gurkha Museum which has a special exhibition that explores the role of Gurkha's on WW1's Western Front, to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, which is holding a special talk in June on how miniature submarines helped make the D-Day landings a success. The Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop will also be commemorating D-Day with a special event in June and the Museum of Army Chaplaincy at Amport will have a dedicated exhibition between July and November that explores British army chaplains in the First World War.

Hampshire County Council';s Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: "With commemorations of WW1 and D.Day it is a particularly important year for all of the County's military attractions and Defence of the Realm makes it easy for people to see how they can get involved and enjoy what Hampshire has got to offer."

Tourism contributes £3 billion to Hampshire's economy every year and employs more than 60,000 people. Visitors to Hampshire's military heritage sites, more than one million people every year, make a substantial contribution to this total.

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