This painting, originally commissioned by William Frasier, an agent of the Honourable East India Company who employed Gurkhas as bodyguards and helped to create the first Gurkha regiments in the British Army, depicts a Gurkha soldier as they would have appeared when they were first recruited in 1815. Almost every aspect of the soldier’s kit, training and role has changed much over the past 200 years, save for the kukri, seen here in his belt, and which is still issued as a weapon to serving Gurkhas today.
Following the latest Government guidance regarding COVID-19 and careful consideration of the current situation, The Gurkha Museum has decided to close its doors to the public in the interest of visitor and staff safety, effective immediately.
The Museum will remain closed until further notice but will continue to operate behind the scenes with reduced staff on call to answer queries during this time. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will issue updates through our website and social media channels as soon as we become aware of further changes to our operations.
May we thank our Visitors, Friends and Supporters for their understanding and support through this difficult period.