The Royal Marines Museum
is located in Eastney
), England, and is open to the public every day of the week throughout the year apart from Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. A registered charity
, it is also a designated museum under the terms of the National Heritage Act 1983
and an executive non-departmental public body
by virtue of receiving Grant-in-Aid from the Ministry of Defence.
Established in October 1958, the Museum represents a complete history of the Royal Marines
from their beginnings in 1664 through to the present day. Highlights of the Museum include the Medal Room
, with over 8000 medals on show (including all 10 Victoria Crosses
awarded to the Corps) and, as of June 2008, The Making of the Royal Marines Commando
exhibition, a major display highlighting the demands of the 32-week training course undertaken by all Royal Marines recruits.
In September 2008, the Museum successfully purchased a rare medal for £41,000 (thanks to a contribution of £28,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund
); the Naval General Service Medal with Trafalgar clasp was awarded to Lt Lewis Buckle Reeve who, following serious injury at the Battle of Trafalgar
, was laid next to the mortally-wounded Nelson on board HMS Victory. This medal is now on show alongside Lt Reeve's Muster List of Royal Marines on-board HMS Victory
On the 28th of October 2008 - The Museum's 50th... Read More