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New Rememberance Centre opens

Posted on Wednesday 29th March

March 2017, saw the royal opening of the new £15.7m Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial
Arboretum near Alrewas.

The National Memorial Arboretum, part of the Royal British Legion, covers 150 acres (60 hectares) of former gravel workings within The National Forest and, with over 330 memorials to the Armed Forces, Emergency Services and civilian organisations, is fast emerging as the national centre of remembrance.

The stunning new centre, designed by Glenn Howells Architects, reinforces that status as a national destination and provides visitors with a transformed experience.

At the heart of the new centre a fascinating interactive exhibition entitled ‘Landscapes of Life’, and the accompanying site audio guide, introduces visitors to the Arboretum, its memorials and stories, making it the perfect start to a visit.

A changing programme of temporary exhibitions across two additional gallery spaces, a new Learning Centre for schools and greatly improved restaurant and shop complete the new visitor centre.

Outside, Heroes’ Square and the tranquil Boyes Garden frame the views of the Arboretum from the
building and provide a calming and dignified entrance into the grounds.

The riverside walk is delightful and children can explore the new Sensory Play Garden, part funded by the National Forest Company and officially opened on the same day as the new Remembrance Centre.