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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Caroline Sharpe on disc and on the radio.

A new CD of carillon recital music, arranged and played by Caroline Sharpe, the Borough Carillonneur, is now available. Click for details.

And in a clip from BBC Radio Leicester's Martin Ballard, Caroline takes Martin on a tour of the Carillon Tower. Click to listen.

Recent Acquisitions: Sweetheart Brooch

During the First World War, wives, sisters and girlfriends commonly wore pin-brooches depicting miniature badges of units in which male loved ones were serving. The phrase 'sweetheart brooch' is commonly used to describe brooches and badges of this type.

Sweetheart brooches were usually commercially manufactured. They were bought and presented by a serviceman to his 'sweetheart' when he left home to join his unit.

The example shown here (right) is the badge of the Leicestershire Yeomanry and can be distinguished from an 'Old Comrades Association' badge by the fact that it has a pin fastening. By tradition, ladies jackets do not have a 'button hole'.

Recent Acquisitions: Chocolate Box Top

This box top (right) comes from a Fry's chocolate box dating back to the reign of King George V, and shows photographs of King George and Queen Mary. George was the grandson of Queen Victoria and became king on the death of his father, Edward VII, in 1910.

It was King George who, in 1917, bowing to pressure, changed the name of the British royal house from the German-sounding House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the House of Windsor.

J S Fry & Sons, who were Quakers, had been in business since 1822 and in WW1 had been Bristol's largest employer.

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Ground Floor Collections