The Carillon Tower
Click on the tower to peek inside
Welcome to the
Loughborough Carillon
Tower and War Memorial Museum
The Bell Chamber and Balcony
The bells that make up the Carillon are hung in the upper section of the tower. The balcony offers views across Loughborough and the Soar valley. Click for more
Carillon Musical Instrument
This is where the bells of the Carillon are played on an instrument similar to an organ but consisting of levers.

Recitals are given throughout the year. Click for more
Second Floor - The Airborne Room
This room contains items relating to the 82nd US Airborne Division 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment together with the original WW1 collection donated by Loughborough Corporation. Click for more
First Floor - The Yeomanry Room
This room displays items from the Leicestershire Yeomanry, and reveals the story of "Songster", Loughborough's own 'War Horse'.
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Ground Floor Collections
Outside are the commemorative plaques for two World Wars. Inside displays include an extensive collection of medals and other memorabilia.
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Memorial Bells Leave for Ypres





Two WW1 vintage lorries set out for Belgium with a cargo of bells from Taylor's Bell Foundry for the Memorial Church in Ypres. Carillon volunteer Peter Minshall catches the moment in a video when the convoy stops briefly in front of the Carillon to allow a crowd and civic dignitaries to wish them well on their journey.







Recent Acquisition: German Iron Watch Chain
 



In order to help fund the German war effort in World War One, there was a call for patriotic citizens to donate their gold jewellery, which was replaced with iron. This was something of a tradition in German history, with Prussia making a similar call in their fight against Napoleon in 1813.

Being seen with iron jewellery became a public symbol of patriotism, whilst wearing gold became socially embarrassing. Bracelets, wedding rings and even civic regalia were handed in.

The watch chain shown in the picture on the right is a typical example, and is dated 1916. The inscription "GOLD ZUR WEHR, EISEN ZUR EHR" translates as "gold for the military, iron for honour". The other inscription "IN EISERNER ZEIT" means "in iron times".




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Ground Floor Collections