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image for Exhibition item typeEssex’s airborne history celebrated at Colchester Library

Exhibition, Mon 4 Jun - Sun 30 Sep 2018, free entry

Merville Battery Display

Merville Battery Display

Formal opening of the Battle for the Merville Gun Battery, 6th June 1944.


Colchester Central Library,
21 Trinity Square,


The history of a crucial mission by Essex paratroopers during the Second World War has gone on display at Colchester Library ahead of the 74th anniversary of D-Day.

In the early hours of 6 June 1944, the men of 9th (Essex) Parachute Battalion parachuted into Normandy to successfully put out of action the German gun battery at Merville, which had a commanding field of fire over the invasion beaches.

The Parachute Regiment was awarded a battle honour for the action, from which Merville Barracks in Colchester – home to 16 Air Assault Brigade, the British Army’s airborne rapid reaction force - takes its name.

The display - put together by the Airborne Assault, The Regimental Museum of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Museum, Duxford - will be at the library until September.

Baby changing facilitiesDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 4 Jun - Sun 30 Sep 2018
Library opening times (variation on local studies area):

Monday-Friday: 9am to 6.30pm
Saturday - 9am to 5.30pm
Sunday - 1pm to 4pm


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 4 Jun - Sun 30 Sep Essex’s airborne history celebrated
Sat 14 Jul - Sat 1 Sep Summer Reading Challenge 2018 - Mischief Makers



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Map reference: TL 996250  Lat: 51.88780 Long: 0.89905

By Road:
Located in Trinity Square, in the centre of town. There is no car parking directly outside, however, public car parks are nearby.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Colchester Town station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired