Gorkha Museum in Winchester

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The Gorkha Museum in Winchester is one of the best museums in the area, offering a fascinating insight into the unique and moving story of the Gorkha service to the Crown from 1815 to the present day.

At the Gorkha Museum, Winchester you will find a fitting tribute to the “bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous”.

The museum offers a fascinating, educational insight into the nearly 200 year history of loyal and dedicated Gorkha service to the British Crown

The Gorkha motto is:

“Kaphar Hunnu Bhanda Mornu Ramro Chhaa”
(It is Better to Die Than Live a Coward)

The historic Gorkha Museum tells an incredibly important story in an accessible and enjoyable way.

From 1815 to modern day – a fascinating journey

Beginning in Nepal, the land of the Gorkhas, the museum brings to life these people and their country at the Himalayan foothills.

It charts the joining of the Gorkhas with the British Service in 1815 following the Nepal Wars, through the many internal wars in India and in other conflicts abroad. It portrays the horrors of the Indian Mutiny and the difficulties of the North East and North West Frontiers.

The museum highlights the Gorkhas’ crucial roles in the First and Second World Wars and since then Malaya and Borneo and more recent actions in Kosovo, Bosnia, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Learn the history of the North West Frontier and the Afghan Wars to understand the nature of today’s conflict in that region.

Changing exhibitions and lectures are staged throughout the year to provide educational and general information on subjects related to the Gorkha service to the Crown in the magnificent McDonald Gallery.

Bringing historic, heroic service to life

With interactive relief maps and audio dioramas as well as a fine collection of pictures, weapons, medals and much more, the story is brought alive for children and adults alike.

School visits

In partnership with Winchester’s Military Museums, the Gorkha Museum provides education with access to its collection for school visits, introducing Nepal, Nepalese cultural items and the Gorkhas.

Work experience, volunteers and graduate projects

Work experience projects can be arranged for volunteers as well as graduate and post graduate projects.

Opening hours and fees

Monday to Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm (last entrance 4.30 pm)
Sunday - 12 noon to 4 pm (last entrance 3.30 pm)
Open all year except 25 & 26 December and January 1

Contact:01962 842832 843659

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