The Museum

About Us

The museum and its collections have been developed over many years by dedicated people with a love of the Regiments. It stands as a testament to the soldiers who have served over the centuries. Looking to the future, our vision is to take the museum onto even greater things and make it a great place for learning about our Regimental heritage.

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Customers making a purchase in the museum shop
Spingo our museum dog and Mary the museum director sitting on the war memorial with the museum in the background

Educate, entertain and inspire

We want 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.

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.

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

Hugo White

James Hodgson

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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]

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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.

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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.

A group photo of some of our staff and volunteers 2017

Verity Anthony

Visitor Experience and Collections Manager

I’ve only been at the museum since December 2016, so I’m learning a lot, and fast. Being responsible for the visitor aspects of the museum and its collection means I get to see the wide scope of the museum and its possibilities. Whether it’s stocking the shop, meeting visitors, learning about our collections, or accepting objects, every day in my role brings something new.

Email: [email protected]

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Veronica Thomas

Volunteer Visitor Services

I started volunteering at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum at the end of February 2016.  I have had a long association with the Army as both my husband (was) and son ( is) a serving Officer. Whilst travelling with my husband during his Army career I have visited various Military Museums and the opportunity to volunteer in one was too good to miss.  I love meeting the various visitors, learning about their own experiences with the military or not – and hearing the positive comments and praise for this very interesting and varied collection of local military connections.  I hope to increase my own knowledge with each session!

Kerry Trudgeon

Volunteer Coordinator / Duty Manager

I started volunteering at the museum in 2016 so I’m fairly new to the museum. After meeting with a careers advisor, they suggested it would be a great way to gain experience and plug a gap in my CV.  I love the charm and character of the old building and find the historical side fascinating.  The mix of skills, age and personalities of the staff and volunteers, make it a very exciting and rewarding place to work, and I look forward to what the future holds.

Email: [email protected]

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