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Partnership agreement between Cadw and Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum endorsed

A partnership agreement between Cadw and the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum at Caernarfon Castle has been endorsed by Culture and Sport Minister John Griffiths.

The agreement will see the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum funded to provide visitors to Caernarfon Castle with access to the Welsh Government accredited museum and to provide an education service for schools in the Chamberlain and Queen’s Towers at the castle.

The Minister said: “Cadw has enjoyed a long and valued relationship with the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum at Caernarfon Castle and I am pleased to endorse a new agreement with the trustees. The museum holds a fine collection including letters, poems and photographs relating to the long history of the Royal Welch Fusiliers and predecessor regiments and I am glad the Welsh public and visitors to our country will continue to see these artefacts and learn about the history of the regiment and, crucially, the people who served in it”.

The arrangement has resolved the short-term problems that gave rise to concerns over the future of the Museum which has been housed in the castle since the early 1960s.

The Museum is housed in two towers of Caernarfon Castle.  In it you will find a wealth of original exhibits, supported by film, sound and models, which tell the story of over 300 years of service by Wales’ oldest infantry regiment, in peacetime and in war, all around the world.

You can learn how the Regiment won 14 Victoria Crosses and hear the words of the famous writers who served with the Royal Welch during the First World War - Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, “Hedd Wyn”, David Jones and Frank Richards.  You will see what life was like for the ordinary soldier and his family and discover the Regiment’s  unique traditions. 

First World War

Royal Welch history begins with the campaigns of William III, and includes Marlborough’s wars, the American War of Independence, the wars with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, the Crimean War, the Boer War and China.  Many battalions of the Regiment saw action in the First and Second World Wars.  In peacetime the Royal Welch has provided garrison troops in Canada, India, Hong Kong and the West Indies.

More recently the Royal Welch has carried out many tours of duty in Northern Ireland and has been deployed on peace-keeping and humanitarian operations, often under the UN or NATO.   These have included missions in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

On March 1st 2006 the three Welsh infantry regiments combined to form a new regiment – The Royal Welsh.  The title of the Royal Welch Fusiliers now is 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (The Royal Welch Fusiliers).

North Wales is the traditional home of the Royal Welch Fusiliers but recruits have come from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland, particularly during the two World Wars.  This means that the Regiment has connections with families worldwide and we will be pleased to help with your family history research.  Our Enquiries page will tell you how to proceed.

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