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Handmade Poppies at Cornwall's Regimental Museum Fun Palaces Event 2017
October 11th, 2017

Fun Palaces Comes to Cornwall’s Regimental Museum

By Lesley Harris, Marketing Volunteer & Event Organiser Sunday 8th October saw the ‘Fun Palaces’ movement arrive at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, and the day was a great success! Keen crafters and amateurs alike gathered at the museum to knit, stitch, felt, cut and glue their poppies, supported by groups from all over Cornwall.

Britain Queues For Food - Rationing and Food Shortages in Wartime Britain
October 10th, 2017

Rationing during the Wars: by Deborah Vosper, Research Volunteer

Most people will be familiar with the rationing that was implemented in January 1940 and the coupon books that were issued to ensure that everyone had the same, but did you know that rationing had first been introduced during WW1?

Notes from the Archives - 1LI in Korea
October 10th, 2017

Notes From the Archives: Exploring the Light Infantry Collection

Notes From the archives: 1LI in Korea, by Martyn Horton, Light Infantry Archivist. For this issue of our 'Notes From the Archives' the chosen photograph shows a group of soldiers from 1LI in Korea. We’d love to hear from anyone who was there or knows anything about the Korean trip.

Celebrate Bodmin Routemaster bus 2017
October 6th, 2017

A Year at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum

By Sophie Hodge, Project Manager: Marketing, Friends & Legacies. The end of October marks the end of my contract here at the museum. What a year it has been! It has been a wonderful learning curve, a fascinating insight into a world that I would never otherwise been able to explore.

Harry Patch's Wreath at Tyne Cot Memorial in 2017
October 5th, 2017

Honouring the Memory of Harry Patch: ‘The Last Fighting Tommy’

By Mary Godwin, Museum Director. As part of the museum’s First World War commemorations, we want to improve the standard of display of Harry’s medals and other objects from DCLI soldiers of the Great War, in good time for the 2018 armistice centenary.

Le Page Architects - Cornwall's Regimental Museum at The Keep
October 5th, 2017

Keeping Us at The Keep: by Mary Godwin, Museum Director

We know that if we are to attract enough visitors to make the museum financially viable and enable us to stay in our historic premises, as well as offering a superb museum, we need to bring the historic Keep building itself back to life.

Oral History: Soldiers of the Light Infantry
September 28th, 2017

Oral History Project: Bringing Light Infantry Stories to Life

Oral History Project: Bringing Light Infantry Stories to Life Cornwall’s Regimental Museum has received grant funding of £16,575 from the...

Sketch Map of Corunna - Cornwall's Regimental Museum
September 26th, 2017

Object of the Month: October

Our Object of the Month for October is the hand drawn Sketch Map of the Battle of Corunna. This sketch map was made in July 1840 by Ensign Peter Hall of the 14th Regiment of Foot. At the time, an Ensign was the lowest rank of commissioned officer, and the ability to produce accurate field sketches – invaluable in battle – was one of the skills a young officer would be required to learn.

September 26th, 2017

The Trench at Bodmin: Exciting First World War Project Just Announced

“We’ve started digging…” Exciting First World War project ‘The Trench at Bodmin’ just announced.   Bodmin is set to be at...

The Commanding Officer's Bugle at Cornwall's Regimental Museum
September 12th, 2017

Object of the Month: September

Our Object of The Month for September is the beautiful Commanding Officer’s Bugle. This ornate bugle has a special significance; it is decorated intricately with scrolls depicting the Battle Honours of the DCLI.

Postcard of Polderhoek Chateau, pre-WW1, from the Lemuel Lyes Collection
September 1st, 2017

Polderhoek Château (The Second Battle of Passchendaele)

Before the First World War, the beautiful Polderhoek Château was nestled inside a country estate, north of the Menin Road....

WW1 Recruiting Leaflet at Cornwall's Regimental Museum
August 4th, 2017

Object of the Month: August 2017

This eye-catching leaflet, appealing for Cornishmen to join the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, was created in August 1914, at the start of the First World War. The leaflet gives details of the kind of roles available in the Regiment and their potential earnings: for example, a Quartermaster, who supervised stores and distributed supplies, could make 9 shillings a day