THE Royal Artillery Museum in Larkhill has been given a grant of £7,500 to restore two First World War guns and create a display exploring their role during the conflict.

The money for the project, First World War Guns and their role in State Funerals, was from the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s First World War: then and now programme.

As part of the project an 18 pounder and 13 pounder gun will be restored.

The supporting display will tell the story of the destructive power of these guns during the First World War, and how they were subsequently used to bear the coffins of monarchs and dignitaries on solemn State and Ceremonial funerals.

The display will be supported with media material, photos, news reels and information boards covering the timeline from historical events to present day.

Commenting on the award, Major General Nick Eeles CBE, of the Royal Artillery Museum, said: “We are absolutely delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to the National Lottery players and are confident the project will enable the Museum to create an enduring legacy for the future with its display of these important First World War guns and an explanation of their dual roles in conflict, and in State and Ceremonial occasions.”