Kingswood Heritage Museum is pleased to announce its new season, starting in April.

Volunteers have been at work for weeks, enhancing last year’s displays and creating new exhibits for 2018.

The Museum’s First World War exhibition has undergone a major renovation to recognise the coming centenary of the Armistice. A new feature will be a Roll of Honour dedicated to the 685 men from the area who gave their lives in the conflict.

At the same time the World War II exhibition has been renewed, giving greater attention to the local involvement in the war effort. In this connection, the Museum continues to look for more local people’s wartime stories.

Alan Bryant, Joint Museum Curator, said: “We are very much looking forward to the 2018 season, and as usual we are looking for contributions from local people to add to our knowledge. Anyone with a story to tell relating to either of the World Wars, or photos or artefacts for display, is asked to contact us at [email protected].”

An important new exhibit will cover the story of the Beagle 2 and its flight to Mars in 2003. The spacecraft was the brainchild of Professor Colin Pillinger, at one time a pupil of Kingswood Grammar School (now King’s Oak Academy). A replica of the Beagle will be on display.

The Museum will open for the 2018 season on 1 April, and then on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 27 November from 2.00pm until 5.00pm, and on Bank Holidays between 11.00am and 5.00pm.