The Museum

Exhibitions

We are currently displaying 2 special exhibitions in the museum. 

The Trench Exhibition – We tell the stories of 80 local men who risked everything during The Great War.

Voices of The Light Infantry – Hear real life accounts from The Light Infantry.

In this section of the website we aim to present information about our exhibitions in a digital format for you to enjoy, especially if you are unable to visit them in person. 

The Trench

Learn about real Cornish men who fought in The Trenches

 
The Trench, Immersive Theatre, Bodmin Keep, WW1, DCLI, Armistice

An Immersive Theatre Production

As part of Cornwall’s First World War commemorations in 2018, Collective Arts, Cornwall’s Regimental Museum and Bodmin & Wenford Railway presented an intense and immersive theatrical experience based in a specially-built trench. 

Using the very barracks where many Cornish soldiers enlisted, we gave the audience an immersive experience following real men into The Front Line. Audience members ‘enlisted’ at Bodmin Keep, home of the County regiment, the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI). They then embarked on a journey to The Trench via steam railway. 

Each audience member took on the role of a real soldier, and therefore became part of the performance. After the performance, audience members were invited to learn the fate of ‘their’ soldier in the special exhibition where we exhibited all the research information we had on each of the 80 DCLI soldiers. 

A volunteer research team dedicated a year researching the 80 soldiers for the actors to embody to tell their story. 

You can read about some of these remarkable soldiers below. 

The Trench; How & Why - by Jason Squibb, Director.

The Real Soldiers of The Trench.

Frederic Hillersdon (Ben) Keeling. M.M. Company Serjeant Major 6th Battalion DCLI

Frederic Hillersdon (Ben) Keeling.

M.M. Company Serjeant Major 6th Battalion DCLI
Read his story
Private Sambrook, Battle of Mons, A German picklehaubes helmet

Alfred Charles Sambrook

Private 9831 1st Battalion DCLI
Read Sambrook's Story
Bawden_DCLI from The Trench, WW1, Soldier

Richard Thomas Bawden

Private 22418 10th DCLI
Read Bawden's Story
John Henry Lawrance 2nd Lieutenant, C Co, 1st Battalion DCLI

John Henry Lawrance

2nd Lieutenant, C Co, 1st Battalion DCLI
John's Story
Thomas Edward Rendle V.C. Private 7079 1st Battalion DCLI

Thomas Edward Rendle V.C.

Private 7079 1st Battalion DCLI
Read Rendle's Story
Mills, DCLI, The Trrench, ww1

Private George Mills Private 18606 2nd Battalion DCLI

Shot at dawn on 29th September 1915, Boulogne
Read about Mills
Thomas Richard Stokoe, cornwalls regimental museum

Thomas Richard Stokoe D.S.O. Lieutenant Colonel

1st and 6th DCLI
Read Stokoe's Story
William Henry Parrish 17.08.1897-18.10.1916

William Henry Parrish Private 19514

7th Battalion DCLI
Read about William Parrish
A Painting by Stanhope Forbes of his son Alex Forbes

William Alexander Stanhope Forbes 2nd Lieutenant. 3rd D.C.L.I.

Killed in action 3rd September 1916 aged 23
Read Stanhope's Story
Thomas Hanwright, 2nd Lieutenant 2nd Battalion DCLI

Thomas Hanwright

2ND LIEUTENANT 2ND BATTALION DCLI
Read about Hanwright

Plays In The attic

As part of the WW1 Centenary events we also hosted 4 short plays in the attic at Bodmin Keep.

So, if you didn’t get a chance to see them in the summer, click the links below and enjoy a private viewing!

Watch the plays in the Attic:

Beetroot Pie 

The Spy who loved D.H.Lawrence 

Hip Hip Hurrah for Harleigh 

The Falling 

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