• Cornwall's Regimental Museum
    Cornwall's Regimental Museum
  • Monument
    Monument
  • Plaque
    Plaque
  • Home of the former D.C.L.I.
    Home of the former D.C.L.I.
  • Exhibition of Arms
    Exhibition of Arms
  • Cornwall's Regimental Museum
    Cornwall's Regimental Museum

Introducing Cornwall's Regimental Museum

Home of the former Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

Further Information

You can find out more including opening times and contact details below.


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The Regimental Museum

The barracks at The Keep, Lostwithiel Road (a 5-minute walk from Bodmin town centre) was once home to the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry and is now a military museum. The barracks were built in 1925 and the former Regimental HQ now houses the museum. It contains a series of highly informative exhibits illustrating the various campaigns undertaken throughout the regiments history. In addition their are well displayed collections of uniforms and medals as well as a comprehensive collection of armaments.

Planning a Trip

The campaign exhibitions are especially interesting as they really bring some little-known historical facts to life. A personal favourite is the tale of Fox's Marines and how they took Gibraltar.

Check the Cornwall's Regimental Museum website for opening times and combination offers when visiting the museum and the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.

And if your looking for somewhere to stay then Bedknobs B+B might be just what you are looking for.

The following text is displayed on the wall to the right of The Keep's entrance

IN 1859 BECAUSE OF THE AGGRESSIVE FOREIGN
POLICY PURSUED BY NAPOLEON III. BRITAIN
FELT HERSELF UNDER THREAT OF INVASION BY
FRANCE. THIS KEEP WAS BUILT IN THAT YEAR.
ON LAND DONATED BY THE TOWN OF BODMIN.
AS A MILITIA STORES. DESIGNED TO HOLD
STOCKS OF WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT
REQUIRED FOR THE RAPID MOBILIZATION OF
THE ROYAL CORNWALL MILITIA.

IN 1881, AS A RESULT OF A RADICAL
REORGANISATION OF THE BRITISH INFANTRY.
THE DUKE OF CORNWALL'S LIGHT INFANTRY
WAS FORMED FROM AN AMALGAMATION OF
THE 32ND (CORNWALL) LIGHT INFANTRY AND
THE 46TH (SOUTH DEVONSHIRE) REGIMENT OF
FOOT. THIS NEW REGIMENT CONSISTED OF TWO
REGULAR BATTALIONS. A MILITIA BATTALION,
TWO VOLUNTEER BATTALIONS AND A DEPOT.
THE OLD MILITIA KEEP WAS INCORPORATED
INTO A MUCH LARGER DEPOT BARRACKS BUILT
BEHIND IT. FOR THE NEXT 87 YEARS THIS WAS
THE HOME OF THE D.C.L.I.. AND VIRTUALLY
EVERY OFFICER AND SOLDIER PASSED
THROUGH ITS GATES.

The museum also houses a large number of books, letters and records associated with the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry and the successor regiments of The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry and The Light Infantry.

Further research information may be found at