Explore the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Collection)

Museum of the Mercian Regiment

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Explore the Museum of the Mercian Regiment –

Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Collection

Discover 300 years of history of bravery, leadership, duty and sacrifice since 1741 for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

The gallery tells the history of the Mercian Regiment and its Antecedent Regiments for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Included is the history of The Sherwood Foresters and The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, with displays beginning in 1741 with the formation of the 45th (Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot and concluding with The Mercian Regiment today.

Please note, the archives for this museum are not based at Nottingham Castle. If you would like to conduct family history research, you can find out how here. 


What was it like?

From Badajoz to Basra, Alma to Afghanistan, the Mercian Regiment has served with distinction throughout its history.

Join us and gain a fascinating insight to the regiment and its history, through a rich and varied collection which spans the history of the regiment, and tells the stories of the officers and men who served within its ranks. Discover more about the regiment, the history of conflicts, and the stories of specific soldiers

With over 250 years of stories, see how Britain, its place in the world and its Armed Forces have changed and how men from Nottinghamshire stood up to defend our freedoms.


Glitz and gallantry

The gallery includes 10 Victoria Crosses, the British Army’s highest award for gallantry, and a stunning silver centrepiece once used by the Regiment in the Officers’ Mess.

The collection is made up a vast array of objects charting the history of the regiment, including medals, uniforms, badges, buckles, weaponry, artwork, regimental silver, furniture, historical documents, personal documents, photographs, military memorabilia and personal equipment.

The Regiment has a long history with Nottingham Castle that dates back to 1859 when the Robin Hood Rifles standard was raised and paraded on the Castle Green. The Regimental Museum Gallery has proudly been in the Castle since 1965, displaying the Regiment’s history.

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