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“Home of a fine regiment”

The King's Own Border Regiment Museum
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“Home of a fine regiment”
Reviewed 11 January 2012

Served in this regiment and the museum does us justice, interesting information from through the ages of the regiment.

2 Thank Dougie H
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“Great Military Museum”
Reviewed 29 December 2011

Wars and invasions have troubled Carlisle for thousands of years, and this museum covers a lot of that history. Great place to check out your ancestor's involvement with the regiment. SOme superb books on sale as well.

Thank SeatonIan
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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“History that relates to us all”
Reviewed 4 November 2011

I was moved in this place. Every medal has a story. It is cramped but feels like an Art installation that should be at the Satchi but better. Every item has a story, a human figure behind it, the tradition of a group that is passed to each generation and is our story, the story of England. This is made more profound by the site. The castle on top of a Roman fort. Step into peoples courage and let your mind dream and bring your thoughts to the present who are in this regiment. Quality artifacts to linger over with your own thoughts

Visited November 2011
1 Thank Gimamo
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“A Bit Cramped”
Reviewed 18 October 2011

This museum is to be moved to another building on the castle complex. And it will be much better for it. Although interesting, it is very cramped in the space it now has,

Visited October 2011
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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“Interesting, but somewhat cramped”
Reviewed 19 April 2010

The King's Own Royal Border Regiment was formed in 1959 from an amalgamation of the King's Own Royal Regiment and The Border Regiment. The museum tells the story of the KORBR and its forbears as far back as the Fourth, or King's Own, Foot Regiment of 1680.

The upstairs level tells the earlier part of this history, and is stuffed to the gunwales with a vast array of fascinating artefacts, from intricate models showing the deployment of opposing forces at some of the famous engagements in which the Regiment has been involved, to samples of cartridges used in India that were greased with either cow or pig fat, thereby managing to alienate Hindu and Muslim sepoys alike, and providing the final spark for the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Downstairs there are a range of mocked-up scenes from 20th century conflicts, along with displays of contemporary artefacts. This space is very different from upstairs, and I feel that the museum is unbalanced as a result. The upstairs level houses a huge number of very interesting artefacts which are well explained and which offer an insight into conflicts that many visitors, myself included, know about much less well than the more recent World Wars. Unfortunately there is so much to see that the space is quite cramped and is not laid out in any obvious, logical order, which could be a little overwhelming for some visitors.

Downstairs, a great deal of space is taken up with mocked up scenes such as a trench from WWI which, while interesting, most visitors might already be familiar with - at least more so than with, for example, the 1811 Peninsular War described upstairs. Certainly, while I spent a good deal of time upstairs, and could have easily stayed longer still, I had looked around the downstairs section in fifteen minutes. The museum would be much improved by spreading the many interesting artefacts it contains, from conflicts of all eras, more evenly around the available floor space and giving them the room to be fully appreciated.

That said, this is still a fascinating little museum and thoroughly recommended, especially as entry is included with a ticket for Carlisle Castle, in the grounds of which it is located, and which is itself well worth a visit.

Thank theholyllama
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