Cheshire Military Museum has recently seen a change of director.

Andy Manktelow recently took up his position following his retirement from the RAF after 37 years service.

He is now employed primarily at the Castle as the Mercian Regiment assistant regimental secretary and also carries responsibilities as director of the Cheshire Military Museum following the retirement of Major Eddie Pickering.

The museum is undergoing change which includes an adjustment to its opening hours to accommodate housekeeping and maintenance of the exhibit and facilitate staff and volunteer training. There are a number of other tasks that need to be undertaken including archiving and the on-going digitalisation of records.

Closing the museum every Wednesday from September 1 will enable this vital work to be done, which in turn it is hoped will improve the visitor experience.

Other projects in hand include a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Great War exhibit that will concentrate on the contribution of Chester Nurses to the convalescence of wounded soldiers in the Cheshire area during that period. The museum also hopes to acquire two Cheshire Yeomanry Scout vehicles to add to the collection later in the year as an extra attraction.

Plans are also afoot to accommodate the Mercian Regiment archive in the building with an opportunity for volunteers to be involved and gain work experience in this field.

The museum will open daily except Wednesdays from 10am to 5pm (last entry at 4pm) from September 1 and is closed for a two week period over Christmas. Further details can be found at or telephone 01244 327617