Surrey Infantry Museum

Surrey Infantry Museum The Surrey Infantry Museum tells the story of the two infantry regiments of Surrey: the Queen's Roya

The Surrey Infantry Museum tells the story of the two infantry regiments of Surrey: the Queen's Royal Regiment, the East Surrey Regiment, and their forebears. Formerly based at Clandon Park prior to the fire in 2015, the collection is now held at the Surrey History Centre, with displays available for public viewing at Guildford Museum and The Lightbox.

15/09/2023

Mend Our Maces
Will you give our collections a second life?

We need your help to raise £6,000 to fund the restoration of our historic collection of Drum Major’s Staffs. The collection spans over 100 years of regimental history, and even includes one of only three maces ever to be given the cypher of Edward VII.
Unlike other conservation projects, once restored these maces will not be returning to our museum storage. They will be placed on display at the home of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment to inspire future generations of Army musicians.
Every donation, no matter how big or small, is hugely appreciated – even the restoration of one mace would help us showcase the history of Surrey’s regiments and the people who served our county.
Support us at mend-our-maces.raisely.com

Soldiers of Surrey Exhibition: Spotlight on the kerisThe keris, or kelis, dagger originates from Java in Southeast Asia....
16/04/2023

Soldiers of Surrey Exhibition: Spotlight on the keris

The keris, or kelis, dagger originates from Java in Southeast Asia. Noted for their asymetry, these daggers are spiritual and ceremonial objects. Each part of a kris is as important as the other, each with their own name and significance.
Each blade could have up to 29 waves, or luks, and the higher the number of luks, the higher the status of the owner and the greater the spiritual power of the blade.
You can see on our kris that the guard is not straight. Often, this “gangya” was curved like an elephant’s trunk to protect the bearer’s hands. They were protected by an elaborately designed sheath, or pendok.
The kris has descended through folklore, with many different interpretations for its use and meaning. For some, it represents strength, others violence, and for others - when worn on the back - it represents peace.

Soldiers of Surrey Exhibition: Spotlight on the Malayan Emergency The Malayan Emergency (1948-60) is used today as an ex...
19/03/2023

Soldiers of Surrey Exhibition: Spotlight on the Malayan Emergency

The Malayan Emergency (1948-60) is used today as an example of a successful counterinsurgency campaign.

In June 1948, a state of emergency was called in the British State of Malaya (present day Malaysia and Singapore) after a raft of attacks on rubber plantations, mines and police stations. A lot of these plantations and mines were owned by the British, who would not have been compensated if the conflict was labelled a “war”.

What followed was a 12-year campaign in the jungle between British forces and the fighters of the Malayan National Liberation Army. For the Malay people and fighters, the conflict was a fight for independence and identity. Following a long stalemate, increased jungle warfare training by the British, and the establishment of the independent Federation of Malaysia in 1957, the MNLA lost their rationale for the fighting.

The emergency was declared over in 1960. By that time, over 500 soldiers and 1,300 police lost their lives in the fighting. It is estimated over 6,000 MCP fighters were killed and 1,200 captured by British forces.

A new Exhibition has opened at Guildford Museum!Soldiers of Surrey - Sgt Bob Hatcher uses personal testimony to tell the...
20/02/2023

A new Exhibition has opened at Guildford Museum!

Soldiers of Surrey - Sgt Bob Hatcher uses personal testimony to tell the story of the Queen’s Royal Regiment in Malaya from 1954-57. PWRR Queens Museum have kindly lent some objects for the exhibition, including a cap worn by Malayan fighters, to complement objects from the Surrey Infantry Collection.

Guildford Museum is open Wednesday - Saturday, please do go and visit!

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