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Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Regimental Museum

The Regimental Museum
The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
The Keep
Cornwall PL31 1EG

Phone: (01208) 72810


Curator - Mary Godwin.

Registered Charity Number: 1137184

Open: Mon/Tues. – Sat. (Seasonal)

Admission Prices: Adult £5.00; 18 years and under FREE (groups of 10 or more by arrangement, and school visits by arrangement)

Opening hours:

Mar to Oct: Mon-Sat, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last admission 4:30)

Nov to Feb: Tues-Sat, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (last admission 3:30)

Plus Christmas and New Year, and Sundays on bank holiday weekends and special events – see website for details.

Museum1.jpg (42171 bytes) The Keep and DCLI War Memorial, Bodmin, Cornwall.
Cover of Museum guide book.
Click on image to see a larger picture.


The museum was started in the Depot in 1925. Since then it has expanded considerably and now occupies the old Quarter Master's Stores on the first floor of The Keep. It is divided into two parts: the Main Historical Gallery and the Armoury.

The Main Historical Gallery traces the history of the Regiment from its formation in 1702 to its amalgamation with the Somerset Light Infantry in 1950. The may wars and campaigns are put into the perspective of the history of the United Kingdom by means of explanations, maps, pictures and artefacts.

The Armoury contains one of the finest private collections of small arms and machine guns. Also shown are many of the colourful uniforms worn by the Regiment before 1914, together with a remarkable display of decorations and medals.

Museum2.jpg (41121 bytes) "The Colours in St. Pedroc's" 27 Old Colours carried by the Regiment since 1816 hang in the Soldier's Aisle of St. Pedroc's Parish Church in the centre of Bodmin, for all to see. To the left of the picture is the fine Memorial to those of the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry who fell in the Boer War. The aisle contains a number of other DCLI Memorials. From back cover of Museum guide book.


The Colours of the Regiment from 1816 hang in St. Petroc's Church, Bodmin. These include those of the 46th Foot carried in act


Wednesday, 16 November, 2016 13:26

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