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.

History & Collections

REMEMBRANCE CAMPAIGN: Rifleman Aimansing Pun and the Albert Medal – May 16th 1926

In May 1926 Rifleman Aimansing Pun was serving with the first Battalion of the 6th Gurkha Rifles on manoeuvres at Attock near Peshawar. On May...

REMEMBRANCE CAMPAIGN: The Elizabeth Cross

The Elizabeth Cross was instated in 2009. It is granted to the next of kin of Armed Forces personnel killed on operations or as a...

REMEMBRANCE EXHIBITION: Gurkha Soldiers and Remembrance

Over 20,000 Gurkha soldiers became casualties during the First World War and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records the names of 6,168 Gurkha soldiers who...

REMEMBRANCE EXHIBITION: Gurkha Officer Remembers Heroic Grandfather

In the month of Remembrance Day and after the nation marked the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) in the Summer, a...

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The Story of Indian Independence and the Creation of Pakistan

25th June 2021

Lieutenant General Sir Barney White-Spunner KCB CBE – Partition: The Story of Indian Independence and the Creation of Pakistan in 1947 Between January and August 1947 the conflicting political, ...

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