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.

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