South Wales Borderers and Monmouthshire Regimental Museum

South Wales Borderers and Monmouthshire Regimental Museum
The Barracks
Brecon
Powys
LD3 7EB
Wales

Website

www.rrw.org.uk

E-mail

swb@rrw.org.uk

Telephone

01874 613310

Fax

01874 613275

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The South Wales Borderers Museum is located at Brecon in mid-Wales, the Regiment's home for over 120 years.

When you come to Brecon be sure to reserve at least one hour to visit the museum, which contains treasures of the 'Old 24th', South Wales Borderers, the Monmouthshire Regiment and, more recently, The Royal Regiment of Wales (24th/41st Foot).

Pictures and paintings, dioramas and drums, assegais and ammunition, buttons, badges and uniforms combine to form a vivid image of life as a soldier - we have things to interest everybody.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Good Friday-September
Daily 0900-1700
October-Good Friday
Mon-Fri 0900-1700
Christmas Period Closed

Admission charges

Adults: £3.00
Children under 16: Free
Groups: Rates negotiable

Additional info

School Parties are welcome to visit by appointment.

The museum collection is comprised of artefacts obtained from worldwide sources that reflect the history and character of a regiment that has existed for over 300 years.

We are reputed to have the finest collection of weapons to be found in any regimental museum throughout the country. Our gun collection traces the evolution of solders weapons from the 18th Century to the present day.

The Medal Room contains nearly 3,000 medals. The Victoria Cross case in the main room contains sixteen replica Victoria Crosses. They represent the real ones, which the regiment owns but does not display because they are so valuable.

The main attraction in the museum is the Zulu War Room. The exploits of the 24th Regiment during the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War are legendary. Queen Victoria referred to the soldiers as 'The Noble 24th'. Donald Morris, in his book 'The Washing of the Spears', focused on the Zulu War of 1879, and Sir Stanley Baker developed further interest with his film 'Zulu' in 1964. The film recreated the events surrounding the heroic defence of Rorke's Drift by B Company, 2/24th in the Zulu war of 1879. The Zulu War Room tells this compelling story, and contains a fascinating display of artefacts.

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Social History, Personalities, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Zulu War
  • Medals
  • Victoria Crosses
  • Weapons
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