Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life is now open at its new location in the Alma Block in Carlisle Castle. Built in 1932 in the Regency style, and one of the former Regimental Depot buildings, Alma is over twice the size of the old Museum that was located at Queen Mary’s Tower.
The new Museum has:
• Increased access to the Museum collections through new and exciting interactive displays and exhibitions.
• An exhibitions area for a temporary & touring exhibitions programme.
• Dedicated areas for research and study and information services for visitors.
• Dedicated area for educational, family and group learning activities.
• Improved storage space and facilities for the object collections, library, photographic and documentary archive.
• Suitable accommodation and work areas for the staff.
• Suitable facilities for the public including disabled access, lift, toilets, a visitor reception area and Museum shop.
The new Museum is designed to attract a larger audience from and provide resources for:
• All areas of the local community.
• Community groups.
• Tourists and holiday-makers.
• The Regimental family, past, present and future.
• School and educational groups.
• Local businesses and organisations.
• Adult/life-long learning and higher education groups and researchers.
The Museum is finally able to:
• Tell the fascinating story of Cumbria’s County Infantry Regiment and the lives of its soldiers and their families from 1702 to the present day, as well as the history of other military units in the county and the home front in the two World Wars.
• Relate both the military and social history of Carlisle Castle as a military barracks, the home of the Regiment since 1873.
• Ensure the preservation of the important collections and allow development in both the short and longer term.
• Ensure the preservation of an important listed building with strong historical connections to the Regiment.
• Contribute to Carlisle’s wider heritage development strategy as part of the historic core of the City.
• Continue to benefit directly from Carlisle Castle as a major visitor destination.
• Provide displays and exhibitions that will be attractive to all users, family friendly and supportive of life-long learning.
• Provide a Resource & Information Centre for use by individuals and groups from schools, further education colleges, universities and the wider community.
The Museum is run by a charitable trust and relies on donations to maintain the building and volunteers to help behind the scenes. If you wish to help in any way please click here.