History and Heritage

The Light Infantry

Cornwall’s Regimental Museum is extremely proud to be the official home of the National Light Infantry Collection.

Formerly held in Winchester, the collection was moved in 2010 on the formation of The Rifles Regiment, and was re-opened in Bodmin by Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra.

Our Aims:

To preserve the history and heritage of the Light Infantry, the collection which we hold, as well as the stories and memories of the men who served in the regiment.

To promote the collection far and wide, to ensure that the regiment lives on through future generations.

To maintain and display the collection in a fitting manner, and to add to and improve the collection wherever possible.

 Most importantly we aim to build a relationship with the men who served in the regiment, and their future generations.  We are keen to include Light Infantrymen in all kinds of ways, as we believe it is their collection and we are privileged to be taking care of it.

Were you a member of the LI?

We are always pleased to hear from former Light Infantrymen, and there are a number of ways that you can get involved with the museum and your collection.  We understand that due to distance or other factors not everyone is able to visit the collection in person, so we are striving to involve former members of the Light Infantry in as many alternative ways as possible.

Join our friends mailing list:

Contact us and request to join our mailing list to receive our e-newsletter, or scroll down and fill in the form at the bottom of this page (don’t forget to tick the ‘Military Family’ box!)  If you would rather contact us then make sure that you let us know that you are a former Light Infantryman in your email.  You can learn more about our newsletters here.

Tell a friend:

We know there are many people who would be delighted to have an involvement with the Light Infantry collection.  Please help us to find them by spreading the word!

Get in touch or visit us:

We are always pleased to hear from you.  You can contact us by email, telephone, or if you’re in the county why not pop in for a visit?

Members of the LI and DCLI are not charged an entry fee (although donations of any amount are always welcome, of course!)


You could donate an object for us to add to the collection, share your stories and memories, donate your time or skills to the museum, or make a monetary donation to help support the maintenance of the LI collection.  We are a registered charity, and as such, every donation is gladly received.

Leave a Lasting Legacy:

Why not remember us with a gift in your Will?  As a small charity, any gift left to us will make a huge difference.

You could also make an In Memoriam donation, which would allow us to honour someone special to you.

Your gifts and donations will help support the Light Infantry collection for generations to come.

Join us on social media:

Facebook          Twitter          Instagram

If you have any other suggestions of ways in which you would like to be involved with the collection, or ways in which we could spread the message to other former members of the Light Infantry, please get in touch with us.

A Light Infantry Echelon Command Post in the Field
Military Vehicles a Saxon and a Puma
A Light Infantry Soldier with Spyglass


Each of the following links have been recommended to us by former Light Infantrymen.

The Light Infantry (Official Website)

The Rifles (Army/MOD Website)

The Buglers Association (The Buglers Association of The Light Division & Rifles) (Website)

Light Infantry Reunited and LI / The Rifles Online Association (Facebook Group)

SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity (Website)

Rifles, Light Infantry and KOYLI Regimental Association (Yorkshire) (Website)

The Light Infantry and The Rifles Reunion (Part of the Official LI Website)

Active Plus – Veterans Inspiring People (Website)

Footsteps of Discovery (Survival Matters) Tony ‘Spanner’ Manley MBE (Website)

New Leaf Programme: Therapy and Training Martin Webster, Creator of HMS Therapy (Website)

Are we missing a link?

We are happy to share links to services, businesses and events run by former Light Infantrymen, and we will also try to follow and support your businesses on our social media pages.  To suggest a service or website for us to add, please contact Sophie.


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