Regimental Museum of theBrecon
Royal Welsh (Brecon)
The Barracks
The Watton
Powys LD3 7EB  Wales
 
 
The Royal Regiment of Wales (RRW) was formed in1969 by the amalgamation of Wales’ two most famous and distinguished regiments – The South Wales Borderers (24th Foot) and The Welch Regiment (41st/69th Foot).
 
In 2006 the RRW became the 2nd Battalion of The Royal Welsh  Web:  The Royal Welsh
 
The soldiers who made up the original South Wales regiments were foot infantrymen from the Glamorgan Militia, the Auxiliary Land Forces of South Wales including the Infantry and Rifle Volunteers, and Yeoman Cavalry (1757-1969).
 
The South Wales Borderers (24th Foot)
The members of this famous regiment distinguished themselves in many campaigns. Perhaps best remembered are the Marlborough campaigns, the American War of Independence and the Sikh wars. They were involved in the Anglo-Zulu war, most notably at Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift that brought both tragedy and glory.  Web:  24th Regiment of Foot 
 
The Welch Regiment (41st/69th Foot) 1719-1969
No, this is not a spelling mistake. In 1920 a long standing dispute between the War Office and the regiment was finally resolved when the regiment was allowed to change the method of spelling its title to the 'Old English' version 'Welch'. This was confirmation of a Royal decision in 1831 to link the 41st Foot with Wales.
 
The Welch Regiment, formed in 1719 as a Regiment of Invalids for garrison duties, went on to distinguish itself in a wide variety of campaigns, most notably in Canada, the Crimea and the Napoleonic Wars, in which elements served at both Waterloo and with the Royal Navy, and not to mention World War I and World War II and more recently Korea.
 
The Museum Collection
Three hundred years of regimental history is displayed. Ppictures and paintings, dioramas and drums, assegais and ammunition, buttons, badges and uniforms combine to form a vivid image of life as a soldier.
 
The Zulu Room recounts the exploits of the 24th Regiment during the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War. The heroic defence of Rorke’s Drift was made into the famous 1964 film ‘Zulu’. The Zulu War Room tells this compelling story, and contains a fascinating display of artefacts – better than fiction!
 
The Medal Room contains nearly 3,000 medals. The Victoria Cross case in the main room contains sixteen replica Victoria Crosses. They represent the real ones, which the regiment owns but does not display because they are so valuable.
 
The gun collection is very fine, tracing the evolution of solders’ weapons from the 18th century to the present day.
 
Archives & Records
The Welch Regiment archives and records are held in the museum.
 
Royal Regiment of Wales (1969-2006)
The regimental mascot is a goat known as William (Billy) Windsor. To find out more about this mascot and other fascinating information go to the FAQ tab on the official website. Web:  Royal Welsh Museum FAQ's
 
The RRW has an excellent website full of interesting facts.  Web:   Royal Regiment of Wales/ History
 
Open
Monday- Friday 10:00 – 17:00
Check with the museum for special opening times on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Closed during Christmas and New Year breaks.
 
Admission Price
(approximate)
- Adults £5
- Children (5-16) £2
- Children (under 5) Free
 
Disabled Access
Yes.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1874 613 310
 
Getting There
- By Rail
Train to Abergavenny, Newport or Merthyr Tydfil. There are regular bus services; route X43 and 470 - to Brecon from these railway stations.
 
- Local train and bus times
 
- By Car
Brecon is 42 miles (67.5 km) north of Cardiff and at the centre of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Museum is adjacent to the Barracks in Brecon in The Watton (B4601).
 
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