2014 - Present
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1972 - 2014
04 Old Museum Queen Marys Tower QMT
1932 - 1970
Museum Inside The Keep

Museum History

The Museum has  been located in Carlisle Castle since 1932  but in 2014, with the help of Heritage Lottery Funding, it was moved from the Inner Ward to Alma block in the Outer Ward.

This  provided more space and better access for visitors, and gives us the opportunity to display items more effectively.

Covering over 300 years of military history the Museum tells the stories of the 34th Regiment of Foot, the 55th Regiment of Foot, Border Regiment, King’s Own Royal Border Regiment and even the current serving Regiment The Duke of Lancaster’s.

The Museum now reinforces the strong links between Cumbria’s regiments and the local community, and shares the remarkable stories of courage, loyalty and service.

Our Museum will continue to be an important source of information for former soldiers and their families, historians and family history researchers. By reaching out to schools and colleges, we’ll help keep the memories alive for future generations.

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life is run by the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment Museum Fund, a Registered Charitable Trust (No. 271943) and accredited under the Museums, Libraries and Archives Registration Scheme (No. 435).

We are managed by a board of trustees and run on a daily basis by a committed staff team.

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