King's Own Royal Regiment Museum

King's Own Royal Regiment Museum
City Museum
Market Square
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 1HT
England

Website

Official Museum Website

www.kingsownmuseum.plus.com

E-mail

kingsownmuseum@iname.com

Telephone

Museum Main Switchboard

01524 64637

Peter Donnelly, Regimental Curator

01524 555619

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1700

The museum is closed between Christmas and New Year. Please check for details.

Admission charges

Admission Free

Additional info

Enquiries are received by email, letter, fax 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.

War! 1914 Lancaster and The King's Own Go To War

  • 21 June — 18 October 2014 *on now

War! 1914 looks at the response to the outbreak of the Great War in Lancaster and by the King's Own Regiment. Whilst volunteers joined up and began their training, the King's Own was involved in the first actions of the war on the Western Front. A fascinating story of local people in a global conflict. Includes working model railway based upon the town of Didcot where the 5th Battalion guarded lines of communication.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

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.

Creator

  • 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

http://www.cleo.net.uk/consultants_resources/history/remember/

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

Creator

  • Steve Irwin and Peter Donnelly

Publisher

  • King's Own Royal Regiment Museum and CLEO
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