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    The Military, Music and Morale exhibition in the museum
  A new touchscreen interactive in The Light Infantry Galleries
Thinking about the longer-term, we’re continuing to work towards a sustainable future for the museum and our historic home, Bodmin Keep. We want to preserve our site and buildings which are such a valuable heritage asset for our County and our community. Like many other Army museums, our Ministry of Defence support is due to end in 2030 and if we are to save The Keep, by then we need to have a fully redeveloped, accessible site with great visitor facilities and exciting reinterpreted collections. This will be a huge fundraising challenge as our site is entirely unmodernised and we are a charity with very limited resources. We’re very grateful to the people who are already supporting our grass- roots fundraising and to the organisations that are supporting our work financially.
If you’d like to keep up you to date with our future plans and hear about our projects, events and appeals, please sign up for our quarterly e-news- letter which is packed with interesting information. You can do this by clicking on the sign-up link at the bottom of any page on our website www. or by emailing us at and we’ll add you to the list.
And if you would like to find out more about how you can support the museum by making a donation, leaving us a Gift in your Will or by making an In-Memoriam donation, please visit the Support Us pages of our website to find out more. https:// friends-of-the-museum. Whether you join the ranks of our supporters online or in person, you’ll receive a warm welcome!
Mary Godwin, Museum Director
Tel: 01208 72810 Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, Bodmin Keep Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 1EG
 Shropshire Regimental Museum
This last year has seen huge changes in the museum – not least when in July 2018 the Curator, Christine Bernath left to become the Assistant Director of the Ghurkha Museum in Hampshire. Peter Duckers helped fill-in (a steady hand – Peter was the Museum’s Curator for many years prior to retiring in 2014) before the Trust appointed me as Director in February this year – Me!
And it should go without saying that I have hit the ground running: On top of the day-to-day aspect of running a museum, we’re well into our Soldiers of Shropshire relaunch and its attendant fundraising campaign – it’s a real thrill being able to talk about a bigger family of Shropshire Soldiers beyond the County Regiments and welcome them to the Museum – the home of their Army’s Heritage.
As our name is changing, we are building a brand new website. And in order to open our collections to the widest possible audience, we’ve taken the bold step of basing our website on our entire Collection Database – this will give virtual visitors the oppor- tunity to browse our collection items by name, date, type of object and even which solider they’re associated with. It also gives us the chance to scrutinise what we do, have and how it is displayed.
We are also putting together a new and innovative Formal Learning Programme for schools. In partnership with Arts Council England and Shropshire Museums Service, we are designing bespoke immersive learning sessions for Key Stage 2 children to experience a moving and unforgettable visit and to learn about the incredible contribution of the Shropshire Regiments to world and local history.
We will also continue shortly with our winter evening talks which all take place in Shrewsbury Castle with drinks 6pm, and talks starting at 6.30pm sharp. Talks are £7 for Friends or £10 otherwise and can be booked in advance via phone or on the website:
27 Sept 2019 – Nigel Hinton “Shrewsbury at work – People and Industries through the ages”.
1 Nov 2019 – Spencer Jones “The Lives of Walter & William Congreve: The Last father & Son Victoria Cross Winners”
29 Nov 2019 – Michael Jones “The Secret RAF flights of Shropshire 1944-1945”
31 Jan 2020 – Johannes Dieter Steinert
“Echoes from Auschwitz: Jewish child forced labourers and the Holocaust”
28 Feb 2020 – Marius Coulon “Pegasus Bridge”
For more information on upcoming
Museum, or to join our Friends Association, please visit our website at, where you will also find our online shop and research service.
Richard Gough
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