Monmouth Regimental Museum
Castle HillMonmouth
Monmouthshire NP25 3BS
This small but extremely interesting museum focuses mainly on exhibits relating to the most senior regiment in the British Territorial Army, the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers.
Great Castle House is the HQ of the current regiment and the museum is located in one wing of this 17th century three-storey building. The museum is staffed by volunteers and holds an extraordinarily diverse range of objects.
From 1st April to 31st October: 14:00 – 17:00 daily.
When Easter falls in March, special arrangements can be made to open.
Using artefacts from the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers, the displays at the museum cover a number of subjects including the history of the Monmouth Militia which was initially mustered in 1539.
Other topics include the mediaeval walls and defences of Monmouth, with archaeological displays. One mediaeval artefact displayed in the museum is a fireless cooking pot that was discovered on Castle Hill. The cooking vessel appears to have been the mediaeval version of a crock pot.
Displays cover Wales at War, the Home Front and Women’s roles, and HMS Monmouth together with a small section dealing with the victor of Agincourt, King Henry V who was born at Monmouth Castle in 1387.
The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) Regiment
On view are the Regimental Colours, Town Freedoms awarded, and the reason for the Regiment’s double ‘Royal’ name.
The Militia system is explained, as is the role of the powerful Duke of Beaufort in raising the Militia, the local gentry, and Monmouth town.
Originally militias were formed to oversee law and order within the counties and were not permitted to serve overseas. This changed in 1877 when the Monmouthshire Militia accepted an invitation to transfer to a Special Reserve section of the rapidly developing regiment of Royal Engineers.
The Regiment’s chance to serve overseas came with the Boer War. When three companies were sent to South Africa to carry out building, bridging and railway work. The Regiment was mobilised again in the First and Second World Wars to perform mine clearing, essential bridge building and railway track laying services.
More recent Regimental deployments have been to the conflict zones in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Regular Army performing engineering and building work. For a much more detailed history please go to  Web:  Regimental History 
The objects on display are very diverse. They include a regimental drum from the late 19th century, a colonel's uniform, an infant’s gas mask, a water testing kit, World War Two cigarette packages and cupcake ration.
The museum's exhibits also cover the regiment's distinction as the oldest regiment of the British Territorial Army (the Army Reserve).
Exterior Exhibits
In front of the building, the museum displays a number of larger pieces of military equipment, including a British armoured fighting vehicle.
War Memorial
The Grade II Listed War Memorial of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers, is located on Castle Hill, near the museum.
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1600 772 175
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Getting There
More formally known as the Castle and Regimental Museum, Monmouth, the museum is located on Castle Hill in Monmouth. Follow the directions on this website for getting to Monmouth, Wales.