We learn the stories of Ruth Pearson who was in the Women's Land Army (pictured) and her husband Rex who survived the four month 'Long March'  of Allied POWs back from Poland in the appalling conditions of the winter of 1944/45.

We also meet Squadron Leader John Shore MC, AFC, who went from being a mechanic at Vicary's garage to being an ace bomber pilot and escapee.

Many of the anti-invasion defences around the town remain to this day, such as the tank traps at St Mary's Church (below).

This season our special exhibition is Battle at War 1939-45. Unusual gas masks and other objects from the period tell the story of what a difficult time this was for Britain.

Ruth Pearson  in Land Army uniform

Battle at War 1939-45

Tank Traps at St Mary's Church

The Museum has produced a book also called Battle at War 1939-45 , to accompany the exhibition. Featuring new stories from those who experienced the war, the publication which features many photographs never before published, explores the experiences of Battle people overseas as well as the huge effort of those left behind. Battle at War 1939-45 is on sale price £8.50 in the Museum shop and at Rother Books in the High Street.