The Museum

About Us

The museum and its collections have been developed over many years by dedicated people with the support of many funding bodies. The museum stands as a testament to our soldiers, their families and communities. Looking to the future, our vision is to take the museum onto even greater things and make it a great place for telling stories and learning about our heritage.

Freda And Linda collecting the Cornwall Heritage Award we won for Heritage Hero.
Storytelling workshop by Paddleboat Theatre at Cornwall's Regimental Museum

Educate, Entertain and Inspire

Our aim is to educate, entertain and inspire a broad range of people of all ages. We want to develop the museum so that it is recognised as a leader in Cornwall and in the nation’s military heritage. We also aim to make a real contribution to the wellbeing and economy of our local community and county, and to our military family.

If you’d like to find out more about our work, we have produced an illustrated report for 2018/19 Annual Review Booklet 2018:19 Final

Each year we welcome more schools to the museum.  we offer a variety of workshops and experiences for schools, covering history, literacy and The Arts.

Read more about our education programme here. 

Realising our Vision

To realise our vision we need to secure the future finances of the museum and make it sustainable in the long-term. To do this, we are focusing on making the museum more accessible, appealing and relevant to a wide range of visitors, and on gathering the support of those connected to the Regiments. With the support of funders such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England we are working behind the scenes to strengthen our organisation and put in place strong foundations for the future.

To read more about how you can support us in our aims please visit the support us pages of the website

To find out more about the major grant-funded projects we’re working on at the moment, please follow the link below.

Current Major Projects

The museum relies on many people; our trustees, volunteers and staff

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The current Trustees of the museum are:

Charles Edward-Collins: Chairman

Gage Williams

Giles Clotworthy

Edward Bolitho

Richard Trant

Lucy Orr

Michael Rescorle

Sarah Fitzgerald

John Russell

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Some of Our Staff & Volunteers

Spingo our museum dog and Mary the museum director sitting on the war memorial with the museum in the background

Mary Godwin

Museum Director

I joined the museum as its first Director in October 2015.  I have worked in museums as a curator, advisor and director for nearly 30 years.  In a world of uncertainty about future funding, my job is to raise the profile of the museum, increase audiences and lead us to a more sustainable and secure future. 

Email: [email protected]

A member of staff

Rhonda Seymour

Administrator

I started as a volunteer at the Museum back in 1989. I worked with Hugo White, who was Curator at the time, documenting 100s of photographs that had lain in the attic for years. This project, in part, gave me the confidence to apply to University as a mature student and study for a History Degree.  Later, whilst working as a Civil Servant, I transferred back to the Museum building in 2007, in the role of Admin Officer.

Email: [email protected]

Major Hugo White

Hugo White

Volunteer Regimental Historian

I served as an infantry soldier for thirty years, never regretting my chosen profession for a single day.  Working as a volunteer in the Regimental Museum has given me the chance to repay some of the loyalty and friendship accorded me by my soldiers during my service.
Over the years I have developed a knowledge of military history, and that of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry in particular. Making use of our outstanding reference library. I am glad to answer enquiries concerning former soldiers.

Email: [email protected] 

Verity Anthony Cornwall's Regimental Museum

Verity Anthony

Visitor Experience and Collections Manager

I’ve been at the museum since December 2016, and am responsible for the visitor aspects of the museum as well as the Museum’s collections. This means I get to see the wide scope of the museum and its possibilities. Whether it’s stocking the shop, meeting visitors, working with our collections, or working on projects with the community, every day is different.

Email: [email protected] 

Linda Sawyer Volunteer at Cornwall's Regimental Museum

Linda Sawyer

Visitor Services Volunteer

I started volunteering at the museum this year (2017), thanks to my neighbour who told me about it.  I have been in customer service for quite a few years and love the shop work.  I really enjoy getting the chance to speak to visitors about their interest in the museum and hearing the stories about their families. Everyone has made me feel very welcome, and it’s a great place to visit, so come and see us here at the museum!

Deborah Vosper, Research Team member at Cornwall's Regimental Museum

Deborah Vosper

Research Volunteer / Duty Manager

I started volunteering at the Museum a few years ago after being made redundant. My love of family research led me to helping Hugo White with the constant stream of enquiries, which I find so rewarding, although, like all research, we occasionally draw a blank. I am also a bit of a multi-tasker, assisting in other ways around this wonderful building (including helping to eat the biscuits and cakes). We have a great team of friendly volunteers here from all walks of life, who make the place tick.

Email: [email protected]

Rob Palmer

Customer Service Apprentice

I joined the Museum as a Customer Service Apprentice in April 2019, an opportunity that I couldn’t miss due to my interest in military history. I fondly remember visiting the museum for the first time in 2009, on the very same day that the medals belonging to Harry Patch went on display and being inspired after seeing such a significant part of history so close to home.  Cornwall’s Regimental Museum is a great place to inspire the next generation to dig deeper in their own family history, as some of the untold stories that you can discover can be mind-blowing.   I enjoy the ever-changing daily challenges that comes with working in a museum as well as talking with our visitors and getting to know about them. 

Email: [email protected]

Jo Keenan

Learning and Participation Manager

 I started at the Museum in July 2019 and have worked as a primary teacher and as a museums and gallery educator for over 17 years.  My job is to develop and deliver the museum’s formal and informal learning programmes and increase community engagement by organising great events for visitors of all ages. 

Email: [email protected]

Maintenance Volunteer John O'Neill - Cornwall's Regimental Museum

John O'Neill

Maintenance Volunteer

I first visited the museum in 2011 to have a look around, but having met some lovely people I returned again with my Dad’s service number to try to find out where he served, as he was in the DCLI for 7 years from 1939 to 1946. I decided to volunteer first for one day a week, and now I do two as I found so much to see, and as a volunteer I am able to handle most of the exhibits (with care and gloves) in my role as general handy man, and help to rearrange many of the exhibits. I love cleaning guns, we have about 200.  There are so many different jobs, each day is something new, and there are loads of coffee and biscuits, sometimes even cakes!

 

Amy Sykes

Audience Development Manager

I’m here to make sure everyone knows about all the brilliant stuff we have in the museum collections and all the fun activities and events we have going on here at The Keep.  I promote the wonderful ‘hands on history’ educational programme we have to inspire and engage our school children with and generally raise the profile of the museum in this digital age, utilising all digital media to increase engagement and reach out to new, diverse audiences in our local community and beyond!

Outside work I can be found running around after my 3 children, scooting off for adventures in our purple camper van, swimming in the sea or walking my 2 crazy dogs along the beautiful South West Coast Path.

Email: [email protected]

 

Desk Volunteer Linda Farnham - Cornwall's Regimental Museum

Linda Farnham

Visitor Services Volunteer

I started volunteering in August 2016 the same month I left a stressful job and moved to Bodmin from East Devon. I love History, studying it both at college and university. I am generally a gregarious person and this role at the reception desk/shop allowed me to meet & greet visitors, chat about the museum or anything else & at the same time give me a sense of ‘belonging’. The team of staff & volunteers are so friendly, supportive and knowledgeable.  I have found volunteering so fulfilling. The museum is evolving & it is great to be part of this evolution. I am hoping to get involved with the education/schools program where I can inspire children to cherish the past and use it to shape their future. If you have a few hours to spare, volunteer & you will learn a lot, make new friends and be part of something worthwhile.

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