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Friday, July 30, 1999 Published at 08:20 GMT 09:20 UK

Special Report

Museum marks Wales' oldest regiment

Caernarfon Castle: Home of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum

A £1.6m refurbishment of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum at Caernarfon Castle is officially opening to the public.

The work has has taken two and a half years and includes a complete remodelling of the centre.

[ image: A model soldier guards Caernarfon Castle]
A model soldier guards Caernarfon Castle
The museum charts the 310-year history of Wales' oldest infantry regiment.

It includes their first battle at the end of the 17th century, the American War of Independence, the Napoleonic Wars, the Great War and World War II - up to their modern-day peace keeping role in Bosnia.

New graphics have been created and actor Philip Madoc narrates a tour around the museum.

Also on display are over 2000 medals and decorations along with other artefacts including a film showing soldiers being drilled using flintlock muskets.

The museum also devotes a section to the part played by the soldiers' families and the sort of conditions they lived and worked in, which includes film dating from the Boer War.

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