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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Interactive, Virtual Tour

It's now possible to take a virtual tour of the Carillon Museum.

Starting outside the tower, in the Queen's Park, enter through the main door into the Ground Floor display area and look about at the various items displayed. Move on to the Yeomanry Room, then on to the Airborne Room above it. Finally admire the views from the Balcony, near the top of the tower.

The Tour was designed specially for the Carillon Museum by museum volunteer David González Muñoz-Torrero.

Recent Acquisitions: Kit, Vapour Detector, L1A1, circa 1970
(Cat No. 2017.6)

This Detector Kit is a relic from the Cold War. It is essentially a simple chemistry set designed to enable soldiers in the field to identify what sort of chemical agent was being used against them.

The 'one colour' detector paper, which was attached to the soldier's NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) protective clothing, warned him of a chemical attack, while the 'three colour' paper identified the type of agent if it was in liquid form.

The kit is complete with a small pump to take an air sample so that chemical agents delivered in smoke or vapour form could be analysed.

The end of the Cold War signalled an end to the obsession with chemical warfare as the nature of conflicts change.

Recent Acquisitions: Post Card ‘The Zeppelin Heroes’
(Cat No. 2016.80)

This, perhaps, unremarkable looking postcard (left) shows Lt Leefe Robinson RAF on the right of the picture. He was the man hailed as the person who shot down the first Zeppelin over Britain on the night of 2nd September 1916.

There had already been other Zeppelin attacks including one on Loughborough, which was bombed on 31st January 1916. However, the craft downed in September was, in fact, a wooden framed airship but was still described as a ‘Zeppelin’ for propaganda purposes.

Leefe Robinson was awarded the VC for his action which was witnessed and cheered on by thousands of Londoners.

He was, unfortunately, shot down over France the following year and was treated very badly whilst a POW. He survived the war only to die of Spanish Flu in December 1918.

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Ground Floor Collections