Sussex Combined Services military exhibition at the Redoubt Fortress Museum

Sussex Combined Services Collection

The Sussex Combined Services collection is the founding collection of the museum. Formed under the careful supervision of Brigadier Edward Caffyn, the collection commemorates the link between Sussex and the armed forces during the Second World War.

The Sussex Combined Services collection includes artefacts from the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

Collection Highlights

First Aid Kit

First Aid outfit for Airmen

Star Globe

Celestial Navigation Globe

Recruits poster

Army Recruitment Sign

Gas Mask

Displays about the Battle of Britain

The Armoury at the Redoubt Fortress

Must See Exhibits

See how the Sussex coast played a vital role during the Battle of Britain in the 'Fighters over Sussex' display, plus many more highlights including:

  • A Spitfire engine which crash landed on the South Downs in 1942
  • Scene from an RAF operations room plotting incoming German bombers, 1940
  • The Sussex Sapper exhibition telling the story of our local Royal Engineers
  • Artefacts and stories from soldiers who served with the Royal Artillery including an autographed metal plate
  • Visit the large collection of weapons in the Armoury, from muskets to machine guns

The Collection

The Sussex Combined Services collection was formed by Brigadier Edward Caffyn and was the Redoubt's founding collection when it opened as a museum in 1976.



The Armoury

From a 1722 Brown Bess musket to Vickers, Spandau and Bergmann machine guns, there is a fascinating range of weapons in the Armoury - this space was also used as a prison cell during the First World War.


Find out how the South Coast bore the brunt of much of the air battles that raged overhead.


Discover the story of HMS Eastbourne, from 1917 fishing trawler, to the towns first warship in 1941.


Discover the real story of the Home Guard, who had a key role in defending the South Coast.

Did You Know?

During the Second World War Eastbourne was the most bombed town on the South Coast!
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