Discover the Unique Story of the Brigade of Gurkhas

Located in Peninsula Barracks in Winchester The Gurkha Museum takes you on a journey through Gurkha history, beginning with their origins in Nepal and the moment in 1815 when Gurkhas were first enlisted to fight for Britain. The extraordinary stories on display and housed in our archives cover not only the battles and campaigns but the culture and religion of the homeland of this unique fighting force. We see them locked in battle with mutinous sepoys in 1857, then standing guard in India’s North West and North East frontiers before being sent half a world away to the trenches of the Western Front in 1914 and The Falkland Islands in the early 1980s.

Through its collections and archives the Museum represents over 200 years of a unique and historic relationship, one that continues to this day, with the annual recruitment of Gurkhas from Nepal continuing to be vital for Britain’s Armed Forces.

What's on at The Gurkha Museum

Lecture and Curry Lunch – The art of war

10th November 2022

Armchair Battlefield Tour - The art of war: military paintings from the Bayeux Tapestry to Terrance Cuneo Next to religion and portraiture probably more artistic effort has been expended on ...

Lecture and Curry Lunch – A short history of Tibet

12th May 2022

Armchair Battlefield Tour - A short history of Tibet The roof of the world, the mountain kingdom, the lost world, the forbidden kingdom. Until the Chinese invasion of 1950 nobody knew very much ...

Tales from the Mountains

23rd November 2021

Nepal is home to one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world, so it is perhaps unsurprising that Gurkha association with mountaineering runs deep in its veins. View our latest ...

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