15,000 World War One exhibits set to start arriving in Doncaster

One of the world’s largest collections of World War One items is expected to arrive in Doncaster next month.

Victoria Cross Trust chairman Gary Stapleton revealed this year that its museum, in Balby, was to receive 15,000 items which were previously on show at the Ramparts Museum in Ypres.

He says some of the items have started to arrive in Doncaster and the whole collection is expected to have arrived by the end of next month.

A statement from the trust said: “In January 2015 we will be transferring the entire contents of the Ramparts Museum in Ypres to Ashworth Barracks, making it the largest WW1 Museum in the UK.

“We hope to have all displays ready very quickly.”

The museum is named Ashworth Barracks after posthumous Victoria Cross winner James Ashworth, whose family donated a number of items to be exhibited in the museum.

It is housed in a former primary school on Cedar Road.

The museum opened for the first time on November 25, after being set up by the Doncaster-based Victoria Cross Trust.

The charity also works to maintain the graves of winners of the medal, which is awarded for outstanding courage.

It moved to its new base after being run from small offices in Nether Hall Road, near Doncaster town centre.