Enter the Museum and learn about Nepal, the land of the Gurkhas. View our online video and absorb Nepalese cultural diversity, religious beliefs, dress and customs.
The story of the service of Gurkhas begins in 1815 with the end of the Nepal Wars between the British East India Company and the warlike Nepalese. You will be able to learn about the unique Treaty between The Honourable East India Company and Nepal where Nepalese citizens were able to serve in the Armies of ‘John Company’ in India – the legacy survives to this day.
Understand the awesome horror of the Indian Mutiny and Gurkhas true to their salt fighting at desperate odds to hold India for the Raj. Finally, the 2nd and 3rd Gurkhas break into Delhi, the mutineers’ citadel.
Learn the history of the North West Frontier and the three Afghan Wars the British fought in order to understand the nature of today’s conflict in that region. See the heroic defence of the lonely Damdil picquet.
The North East Frontier of India was almost as much trouble to the Raj as the North West Frontier and the Gurkha Regiments such as the 6th, 7th, 8th and 10th spent much of their time pitted against the warlike Nagas.
The bloodbath of the First World War shows the gallant Gurkhas fighting in France, the Suez Canal, Mesopotamia (Iraq), and Gallipoli. See the medal collection of Captain Phipson, RMAC, the Regimental Medical Officer being the only unwounded British Officer remaining after the assault on Sari Bair, Gallipoli who uniquely commanded a Gurkha Battalion.
During the Second World War follow the campaigns of North Africa, Italy, Greece, Malaya and Burma and see life size models of Gurkhas firing Vickers Machine Guns in the desert, clearing Japanese bunkers in Burma and firing a 3” Mortar at Monte Cassino, Italy.
The story of Partition of India is followed by the twelve year Malayan Emergency fought in the jungle by 15,000 Gurkhas and their British and Commonwealth Allies. See the Gurkha bren gun sentry
straining his eyes in the jungle to locate the enemy and hear the ciccadias whine as a jungle basha is set up and a signaller sends a radio sitrep during the Indonesian Confrontation.
The campaigns fought in the Falklands is followed by more recent actions in Kosovo, Bosnia, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. Following the handback of Hong Kong in 1997, the Brigade of Gurkhas moved to the United Kingdom where it continues to serve with distinction. The Touch Screen gives a moving account of the serving regiments and units of the Brigade of Gurkhas today and how they recruit in Nepal.
The bravery of the Gurkhas is starkly presented in the Victoria Cross Gallery, with the citations of the 26 Victoria Cross awards that epitomises the courage, steadfastness and loyalty of the Gurkha soldier and his British officers. Also, view the On Line video with the BBC and British Museum joint HISTORY OF THE WORLD project with the Gurkha Museum, titled The Fisher Kukri.
Monday - Saturday:
10:00am - 5:00pm
(last entry 4.30)
Adults - £3.00
Concessions - £1.50
Service Personnel: £1.00
Friends of The Gurkha Museum - Free
Children - Free
Groups (10 or more) by
NOTE: SUNDAY OPENING HAS CEASED
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