Heritage of the Mercian Regiment

The Mercian Regiment was formed in 2007 from the amalgamation of three historic County Regiments: The 22nd Cheshire Regiment; The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and The Staffordshire Regiment (Princes of Wales’s).

The history of these three Regiments and the Mercian Regiment are told throughout the four museums which make up the Mercian Regiment historical collection. They are spread across the recruiting ground of the 5 counties which make up the Mercian Regiment recruitment area; Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire.

All of the museums also hold the historical archives of the three antecedent Regiments. To start your family history search or to carry out research on a particular Regiment or Campaign please contact the Museum which covers the Regiment you’re interested in using.

The cheshire Military Museum

The Museum displays over 300 years of military history from the County of Cheshire. It is a fun day out for all the family with special activity days, quizzes and events throughout the year. Inside the gallery there is a World War One trench system you can explore, a detailed display on what life was like for a National Service soldier, and a newly refurbished Modern Armed Forces Gallery.

The museum houses a collection of artefacts relating to The Cheshire Regiment, Cheshire Yeomanry, 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales’s Dragoon Guards), 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards and from its formation in 2007 the Mercian Regiment. The archives of the Cheshire Regiment are also held at the museum. Research can be undertaken in person, by appointment only or by submitting a research form which can be found on the website.

Contact Information

Address: Cheshire Military Museum, The Castle, Chester, CH1 2DN

Telephone: 01244 327617

The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire)

The Worcestershire Soldier exhibition tells the story of the men of Worcestershire’s Regiments from 1694 to the present day Mercian Regiment. These soldiers lived and sometimes died in the defence of our country and its interests overseas. Using archive film, memories and the unique collections of The Worcestershire Regiment and Worcestershire Yeomanry, this display brings over 300 years of military history to life.

Contact Information

Address: 1st floor of Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum,  Foregate Street, Worcester WR1 1DT.

Telephone: 01905 721982

The Staffordshire regiment museum and Mercian Regiment archive

The Museum tells the story of this famous County Regiment, her antecedents and The Mercian Regiment, from the raising in 1705 up to the present day.

Follow the story of its beginnings in Lichfield and early service in the Caribbean, through practically every war and campaign fought by the British Army to date. Memories of Staffordshire’s soldiers are recalled through the ages, at home as well as far away, through an interactive and thought provoking experience. As well as rich and varied displays there is also several outdoor exhibits which make the journey last even longer. Including a full scale reconstruction of a First World War Trench and a Public Air Raid Shelter experience.