South Yorkshire’s main display of military history has been unveiled to the public – after being out of sight for a couple of years.
The York and Lancaster Regimental Museum has been homeless since its old base in the former Rotherham library closed in 2012.
The museum, which showcases the proud history of the regiment through personal stories, has now reopened in its new home in Clifton Park Museum.
Coun John Foden, Rotherham Mayor, said he was honoured and privileged to officially open the museum in front of invited guests, before enjoying a tour of the exhibits.
He said: “This year has been a year which more people have become aware of the contribution made to our lives and our history by our armed forces.
“The centenary of World War One and the growing awareness of the role played then and by the forces today has created a desire for knowledge in the majority of the population.
“The staff have worked tirelessly to ensure the museum truly represents the regiment and what it has done in the past, and to bring it into the 21st Century.”
Lisa Broadest, Rotherham Council heritage services manager, said the ambition was to make the museum and archive accessible to the public.
She said: “I’ve no doubt the work which has gone into this new gallery will help to remind and inspire future generations about what life was like for those past generations who served in the armed forces.”
Colonel Geoffrey Norton, chairman of trustees of the York and Lancaster Regimental Association, told guests about the history of the museum, which was originally housed in the regiment’s headquarters at Endcliffe Hall in Sheffield for many years.
He said: “The association and the council now have one of the finest regimental museums in the United Kingdom.”