Cornwall's Regimental Museum

Cornwall's Regimental Museum - The Keep
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Cornwall’s Regimental Museum is recognised as probably the finest Military Museum in the South West of England. Housed in “The Keep”, former army barracks and imposing Grade II listed building, the large and varied collection tells the story of the County Regiment from 1702 until the present date, as well as the national collection of the Light Infantry.
An excellent collection of uniforms, weaponry, medals, musical instruments, decorative and fine arts and some surprises - such as the biggest piece of the Berlin wall in the country.
Dogs are welcome. Look out for our special family events.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Castle or defences, Archive, Library

Opening hours

2017

MAIN SEASON:
Mid March - October: Open 7 days a week, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
(last admission 4.30 pm)

WINTER SEASON:
November - March: Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
(last admission 4:00 pm)

Please see our website for further details.

Dogs welcome.

Admission charges

Adults: £6.00 (includes an annual pass)
Children 5 and under: FREE
Ages 6-18: £2.00
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) £15:00

FREE for carer accompanying a person with a disability

Please see our website for further details of concessions.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • British Association of Friends of Museums
  • National Art Pass
  • International Council of Museums
Getting there

The Keep is located on Lostwithiel Road, 100 yds from the Bodmin and Wenford Railway which was built to service the Barracks. Visitors to the steam railway receive up to 40% off museum entry with a valid ticket.

We are less than a 10 minute walk from Bodmin town centre.

Additional info

Unfortunately wheelchair access is only available to the Archive and Library areas of the building (ground floor). The Museum is located on the first and second floor however, there is a 'virtual tour' (computerised) of the Museum for those unable to manage the stairs. Ask in the 'Rifles Office' for access to this on arrival (ground floor)

Second hand book sale on the ground floor.

A fine collection of medals, weapons, uniforms, paintings and artefacts are clearly displayed and will appeal to all age groups, enhancing and bringing to life much of the country’s history covered in the National Curriculum.

An extensive library and archive exists and willing volunteers will help you research family history.

Collection details

Coins and Medals, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
An historic view of the exterior of The Keep, Bodmin's Barracks

The History of the Barracks Exhibition

  • 18 March 2017 — 18 March 2018 *on now

The exhibition incorporates a model of the barracks, old photographs and plans which tell the story. It includes information about 'The Keep' which today houses the museum and was originally built in 1859 to provide stores and a parade ground for the Royal Cornwall Rangers Militia Regiment. This was later extended into Victoria Barracks in 1881 with the addition of many other buildings, including separate soldiers’ quarters for the newly formed Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI). The exhibition also shows how the site expanded further into Walker Lines Camp which was constructed in 1940/41 to house troops preparing for the invasion of the European mainland.

We’re keen to gather more information about the barracks and would love to hear from people who have any memories of the working and social life of the barracks in its heyday.

The exhibition opens on Saturday the 18th March 2017.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

There is no additional fee for this exhibition, usual Museum entry charges apply.

Adult: £6, Ages 6-18: £2, Children 5 and under are free. For concessionary rates please see the museum's website, or get in touch.

Dogs are welcome free of charge as usual.

Website

https://cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org/the-history-of-the-barracks/

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.
An antique Ostrich egg with the DCLI insignia hand painted on the shell

Easter Family Fun

  • 1 — 17 April 2017

We will be holding activities throughout the Easter Holidays including fun ‘make and take’ craft activities.

Decorate your own military Easter Egg

Play the bugle & drum

Military dress up

Fun family trail and quiz

We will also have the amazing 32nd Regiment of Foot returning to The Keep for a drill practice day on the 9th of April. Don’t miss it – the group will be dressed in Napoleonic era military uniform, and will practising their drill, marching and musket firing (weather permitting) right here at the museum! Find out more about the Napoleonic Era Drill Practice Day on our website.
(Please note that although we are dog friendly, there will be loud noises on this day).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Usual Museum Entry Rates:
Adult: £6 (includes an annual pass)
Children 5 and under: FREE
Ages 6-18: £2
Concessions available, please see our website for details.

Website

https://cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org/event/easter-family-fun/

Napoleonic era Living History group in red jackets stand in formation outside The Keep historic building

Napoleonic Era Drill Practice Day

  • 9 April 2017 10am-5pm

For one day only on Saturday the 8th of April, visitors will be able to watch as they practice their marching and drill, and even their musket firing!

Inside the museum each day throughout the Easter Holidays there will be special craft activities for children, including a make and take your own military Easter Egg! You can find out more about our Easter Family Fun Events on our website.

Dogs are welcome as usual, however please note that there may be loud noises throughout the day. There is no extra fee for this event, our usual entry rates apply.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Usual Museum Entry Rates:
Adult: £6 (includes an annual pass)
Children 5 and under: FREE
Ages 6-18: £2
Concessions available, please see our website for details.

Website

https://cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org/event/napoleonic-era-drill-practice-day/

Kernow Concerts Present: HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE

  • 7 May 2017 From 7:30pm

As part of our run of concerts presented by Kernow Concerts:

‘HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE’

Join us as we welcome this internationally acclaimed, high octane ensemble whose hypnotic, heady cocktail of musical styles has turned into a whole new genre of music.

A fusion of hypnotic Latin, Flamenco, Jazz and Acoustic Rock by the Cornish quartet, whose charismatic performances have sold out across Europe.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £10, under 16’s free.

For more information and tickets please visit our website.

Website

https://cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org/event/kernow-concerts-present-horsemen-of-the-apocalypse/

Two teenage girls pose in camo jackets and helmets of the Light Infantry

Half Term Activities at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum

  • 27 May — 4 June 2017

The museum will be open every day between 10 am and 5 pm, with family activities throughout the week, including arts and crafts fun medal making sessions, military dressing up, our fun trail and quiz, and the chance to play the bugle!

Visitors can also explore ‘The Keep’, our Victorian Barracks and former home of the DCLI, including our cold war era military police cell.

For further details please get in touch by telephone on 01208 72810 or email info@cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Usual Museum Entry Rates:
Adult: £6 (includes an annual pass)
Children 5 and under: FREE
Ages 6-18: £2
Concessions available, please see our website for details.

Website

https://cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org/event/half-term-at-cornwalls-regimental-museum/

A group of children enjoying a gun handling session at the museum

Father’s Day Treats

  • 18 June 2017 10am-5pm

Join us on Sunday the 18th June for special Father’s Day activities, including tea and cake at our ‘pop up cafe’, and three Gun Handling Sessions.

Visitors can also explore the Victorian Keep, former barracks of the DCLI regiment, which now houses the museum and includes an original military police cell, dressed for the cold-war era.

Our new Exhibition ‘The History of Bodmin Barracks’ will be on display, including scale model of the barracks, hand made by Major Hugo White. Read more about the new exhibition on our website.

Younger visitors can take part in our family fun quiz and trail in the museum, play the bugle and discover Cornwall’s military history.

Don’t forget, if you’d like to make a day of it, visitors with a valid Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway ticket will receive up to 40% off museum entry.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Usual Museum Entry Rates:
Adult: £6 (includes an annual pass)
Children 5 and under: FREE
Ages 6-18: £2
Concessions available, please see our website for details.

Website

https://cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org/event/fathers-day-sunday-18th-june/

An array of WW1 medical implements arranged on a table

Roses of No Man’s Land – WW1 Field Hospital

  • 26 — 28 August 2017

The fully equipped field hospital is staffed by real nurses, and a medical officer will be on site to reconstruct fake wounds, demonstrating how wounds would have been treated during the First World War.

The ‘Wenches in Trenches’ (Roses of No Man’s Land) will come and set up their genuine Field Hospital on the morning of Saturday 26th August (they will be ready for visitors by lunchtime), and will then entertain visitors all weekend, right through until Monday afternoon.

There will also be a fascinating talk each afternoon on the subject of ‘Nurses and Medics: Life on the Western Front’. Booking is not necessary but please check timings in advance of your visit to avoid disappointment.

You can find more information on our website, or join the Roses of No Man’s Land on Facebook.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Usual Museum Entry Rates:
Adult: £6 (includes an annual pass)
Children 5 and under: FREE
Ages 6-18: £2
Concessions available, please see our website for details.

Website

https://cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org/event/roses-no-mans-land-ww1-field-hospital/

Kernow Concerts Present: STEVE TYLER & KATY MARCHANT

  • 1 October 2017 From 7:30am

Two internationally acclaimed musicians whose repertoire includes an eclectic mixture of music from the medieval and early renaissance periods, melded with traditional works and some of their own compositions.


For more information and tickets please see our website.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £10, under 16’s free.

Website

https://cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org/event/kernow-concerts-present-steve-tyler-katy-marchant/

Kernow Concerts Present: BENE AMICI TRIO

  • 17 December 2017 From 7:30pm

A renaissance Christmas celebration, with the renowned trio of soprano Lucile Clitherow and lutenists Ben Salfield & Denys Stephens.

For more information and tickets please see our website.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £10, under 16’s free.

Website

https://cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org/event/kernow-concerts-present-bene-amici-trio/

Getting there

The Keep is located on Lostwithiel Road, 100 yds from the Bodmin and Wenford Railway which was built to service the Barracks. Visitors to the steam railway receive up to 40% off museum entry with a valid ticket.

We are less than a 10 minute walk from Bodmin town centre.

Cornwall's Regimental Museum
The Keep
Bodmin
Cornwall
PL31 1EG
England

Website

www.cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org/

E-mail

info@cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org

Telephone

01208 72810

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.
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