King's Own Royal Regiment Museum

Private Henry Watts of the King's Own painted in 1831
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The museum covers the history of the King's Own Royal Regiment (4th Regiment of Foot) from its raising in 1680 through to the present day. Displays cover the Napoleonic, Crimean and Abyssinian Campaigns of the 19th Century, and the Boer War, Great War and Second World War of the 20th Century.

The museum's website is a fascinating resource on the history of the regiment and contains over one thousand photographs from the collection.

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Opening hours

The Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday and Mondays in the Summer School Holidays from 10am to 5pm and admission is free. The museum is closed between Christmas and New Year.

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Enquiries are received by email, letter, and telephone. Personal callers should contact the museum first to make an appointment to ensure that the curator is available to deal with your enquiry. Over 1500 enquiries are answered each year - check the museum's website for historical information and sources of further reading.
The enquiry service is free, however donations in support of the work of the museum, which is registered as a charity, are always welcome.

Collections comprise uniforms, personal items, weapons, regimental silver and medals amongst many hundreds of items reflecting a soldiers life through the ages.

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • The uniform of Captain Plumbe (Royal Lancashire Militia 1760) is the oldest most complete British Army uniform in existance.
  • The collection includes five Victoria Crosses and details of all of those who received the gallantry award.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
National Filling Factory at Morecambe

Boomtown: From Front Line to White Lund

  • 13 May — 12 November 2017 *on now

The exhibition tells the story of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment in action on the Western Front, Salonika and Mesopotamia in 1917, and then brings the story right to the home front in Lancaster and Morecambe. We cover the Royal Visit of May 1917 and the local war production, including the National Filling Factory at White Lund which saw a severe fire and explosions in October 1917. We talk about the work at the factory, the fire and explosions, the fire fighting and the gallantry involved by both workers and firemen. Visitors are encourage to cast their vote as to how the fire started.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free of charge.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
White Lund Munitions Works, Morecambe

Blasted Installation At Light Up Lancaster

  • 3 November 2017 5:30-10pm
  • 4 November 2017 5:30-7:30pm

Artists Adam Gregory and Gillian Lees draw parallels between the women workers of the munition works at White Lund and their modern counterparts through performance and film. The work has been made with local women and school children, drawing up the information in the Boomtown exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Boomtown Exhibition at Lancaster City Museum

Exhibition Tour

  • 3 November 2017 3-3:45pm
  • 4 November 2017 2-2:45pm, 3-3:45pm

Museum Curator, Peter Donnelly, gives a guided tour of the Boomtown: From Front Line to White Lund Exhibition as part of the Blasted Project and the Light Up Lancaster festival.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, just turn up.


Christmas with the 1st Battalion, India, 1939

Free Talk: A Soldier's Christmas

  • 8 December 2017 1-2pm

Peter Donnelly, Curator of the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, tells the story of the soldier at Christmas through the ages. Much was done over the years to make Christmas a special time and as pleasant as possible for soldiers, even in the most difficult of conditions. This illustrated talk reveals the history of Christmas in the army.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free but please telephone 01524 64637 to reserve your seat.


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Meet the Soldier Character

Schools, groups and ordinary visitors can come along to me a soldier character from either the First or Second World War. Schools and groups require to book in advance, ordinary visitors can attend one of the special events through the year.
The sessions allows a close look at the kit and equipment of a soldier and question and answer sessions.


  • Peter Donnelly, Curator.

How to obtain

Contact the museum on 01524 64637 to book a session. Cost starts at £2.50 per pupil for Lancashire County Council schools. Minimum cost applies.

Remember - WW1 Resources

Web based resource covering the history of World War One and the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.


  • Steve Irwin and Peter Donnelly


  • King's Own Royal Regiment Museum and CLEO

King's Own Royal Regiment Museum
City Museum
Market Square


The official website of the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, Lancaster.



01524 64637

Peter Donnelly, Regimental Curator

01524 555619

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.