Princess Mary’s 1914 Christmas Gift tins were originally intended to be given to 'every sailor afloat and every soldier at the front', but the project was expanded to include the wounded, nurses, and the widows or parents of those who had been killed.
These once fine articles of decorative silver originally belonged to the Officer’s Mess of the 32nd Regiment of Foot, and bear the scars of The Siege of Lucknow in 1857. In 1859, the regiment presented the Lucknow Silver to Queen Victoria.
There were around 647 soldiers of the 32nd Cornwall Regiment of Foot who fought in the Waterloo Campaign at Quatre Bras and Waterloo in 1815. Trevor and co at the 32nd Cornwall Regiment of Foot 1808-1815 Living History group would like to trace these soldiers, to record their names and places of rest.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.