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Cumbria‘s Museum of Military Life was founded in 1932 and tells the 300-year story of Cumbria’s army regiments through books, documents, photographs and artefacts. The museum is located right in the heart of Carlisle Castle.
The museum has always been located in Carlisle Castle but in 2014, with the help of Heritage Lottery Funding, it was moved from Queen Mary’s Tower in the Inner Ward to the much larger Alma block in the Outer Ward.
This move has provided more space and better access for visitors, and gives the opportunity to display items and vehicles that were impossible to accommodate in the old location. It allows reinforcing of the strong links between Cumbria’s regiments and the local community, and sharing remarkable stories of courage, loyalty and service.
The museum will continue to be an important source of information for former soldiers and their families, historians and family history researchers. And by reaching out to schools and colleges, will help keep the memories alive for future generations.
There is a café in the museum offering great coffee, tea, soft drinks and light bites as eat in or take away options.
The museum has a small shop stocking a range of publications (many relating to WWI and WWII) a range of historical reproduction newspapers and collectable replicas relating to WWI & WWII and various souvenirs.
Please be aware that when Google Maps reports the castle as closed the Military Musuem can be open. Check out the times below
November – March: Saturday to Thursday 10am – 4pm (closed on Fridays)
Closed 19th December - 2nd January
1st April – 30th September: Daily 10am – 6pm
October: Daily 10am – 5pm
Cumbria's Museum of Military Life
Contact email: [email protected]
Contact phone number: 01228 532774
Photos ©Stuart Walker Photography
Wed 7 Apr
Mon 26 Mar
Fri 24 Nov
Mon 18 Dec
Thu 23 Nov
Wed 22 Nov
Thu 13 Dec
Mon 18 Nov
Tue 28 Nov
Thu 14 Mar
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