RESEARCHING GURKHA HISTORY
Britain’s Brigade of Gurkhas is a unique organisation within todays modern British Army and the Gurkha Museum is the only Museum to record its history. The present day Brigade can trace its history back to 1815 and we have documents in the Archives that date from that period. In 1947 with the Independence of India, four Regiments of Gurkhas, namely 2nd, 6th, 7th and 10th Gurkha Rifles joined the British Army whilst the remaining 6 Regiments of Gurkhas, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 8th and 9th Gurkha Rifles with 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (FF) remained in the present Indian Army.
At this time the Regimental records of the Regiments that joined the British army came with them and are now deposited at the Gurkha Museum. The records of the other Regiments remained in India at their respective regimental centres.
We hold archive material for all Gurkha Regiments, mainly British army, including the more recently formed The Royal Gurkha Rifles, The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers, Queen’s Gurkha Signals, The Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas, Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support,and other shorter lived units such as Gurkha Military Police.
Nepalese culture, religion, topography and wildlife is covered extensively in our archives, as is the history of the land and people of Nepal. This is an important educational resource for those children and adults who wish to study these topics.
The history and conflict of Afghanistan and the North West and North East Frontiers of India are well covered as are all the major and minor conflicts in which Gurkhas have been involved.