The History of The Barracks

The History of The Barracks
Cornwalls Regimental Museum

When: 18 March 2017 to 18 March 2018
Where: Cornwall's Regimental Museum, The Keep, Bodmin, PL31 1EG
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Cost: Usual Entry Rates: Adults £6 (Includes an annual pass), 6-18 £2, 5 and under Free
Suitable for: Any age

To mark the museum’s new 7 day a week opening from 18th March, a new ‘research in progress’ exhibition about the barracks is opening to visitors. We would like to use this as a starting point for gathering the memories and stories of people who lived or worked at the barracks, visited for social events such as dances and concerts, or even attended the ‘School for Spies’ a Russian language school which was housed at the barracks during the Cold War.

Perhaps you attended the concert here on the 8th June 1968 by Roger Taylor’s band ‘The Reaction’, a precursor of Queen? Anyone with memories of the barracks is invited to get in touch with the museum so that the information can be added to the archives and incorporated into future exhibitions.

The exhibition itself is an introduction to the history of Bodmin Barracks which once played a major role in the life and economy of the town. The exhibition incorporates a model of the barracks, old photographs and plans which tell the story of the barracks through the ages. It includes information about ‘The Keep’ which today houses the museum and was originally built in 1859 to provide stores and a parade ground for the Royal Cornwall Rangers Militia Regiment. This was later extended into Victoria Barracks in 1881 with the addition of many other buildings, including separate soldiers’ quarters for the newly formed Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI). The exhibition also shows how the site expanded further into Walker Lines Camp which was constructed in 1940/41 to house troops preparing for the invasion of the European mainland.


Can you help?

We are looking for people with memories of the historic barracks that have played such an important part in the life of the town, and the county, for over 100 years. We’re keen to gather more information and would love to hear from people who have any memories of the working and social life of the barracks in its heyday.

If you think you can help, or have any memories to share with us, please get in touch.

Click here to Visit Website

Exhibitions & Projects

  • Get involved with Liskeard Museum

    Get involved with Liskeard Museum

    Liskeard and District Museum

    01 March 2017 to 31 December 2017

    View details

  • Through the Lens

    Through the Lens

    Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum

    05 July 2017 to 31 December 2017

    View details

  • Rebecca Warren

    Rebecca Warren

    Tate St Ives

    14 October 2017 to 07 January 2018

    View details

  • Modern Art and St Ives

    Modern Art and St Ives

    Tate St Ives

    14 October 2017 to 07 January 2018

    View details

  • Take a Step Closer: Barrie Cook

    Take a Step Closer: Barrie Cook

    Falmouth Art Gallery

    11 December 2017 to 20 January 2018

    View details

  • Imagine Falmouth

    Imagine Falmouth

    Falmouth Art Gallery

    11 November 2017 to 20 January 2018

    View details

  • The Teabowl: Past and Present

    The Teabowl: Past and Present

    Leach Pottery

    09 September 2017 to 11 March 2018

    View details

  • The History of The Barracks

    The History of The Barracks

    Cornwalls Regimental Museum

    18 March 2017 to 18 March 2018

    View details

  • Virginia Woolf

    Virginia Woolf

    Tate St Ives

    10 February 2018 to 29 April 2018

    View details

  • Patrick Heron

    Patrick Heron

    Tate St Ives

    19 May 2018 to 09 September 2018

    View details

  • Great War Exhibition

    Great War Exhibition

    St Agnes Museum

    18 April 2014 to 31 October 2018

    View details

  • Newquay and World War 1

    Newquay and World War 1

    Newquay Heritage Archive and MuseumOLD

    04 August 2014 to 11 November 2018

    View details

  • World War One

    World War One

    15 April 2015 to 11 November 2018

    View details

  • WW1: Handmade Tribute to the Fallen Soldiers of the DCLI

    WW1: Handmade Tribute to the Fallen Soldiers of the DCLI

    Cornwalls Regimental Museum

    11 November 2018

    View details

  • NashashibiSkaer

    NashashibiSkaer

    Tate St Ives

    29 September 2018 to 13 January 2019

    View details