Wellington Barracks & The Guards Museum, London

Wellington Barracks & The Guards Museum, London

Accessed via Birdcage Walk, a name originating from James I's former aviary on this site, this museum resides beneath the parade ground of Wellington Barracks, which covers more than half of its expanse. Constructed in 1833, this barracks functions as the central command center for the five Foot Guards regiments and showcases a Neoclassical frontage.

The museum itself showcases the resplendent scarlet-and-blue uniforms donned by these five regiments of the Foot Guards during ceremonial duties and provides insights into their intricate histories. Additionally, it offers a concise overview of the nation's military history from the English Civil War (1642–51) onwards. Among the exhibits, you'll find a diverse array of war spoils, ranging from Dervish prayer mats looted from Sudan in 1898 to items seized from an Iraqi prisoner of war during the first Gulf War. The collection even includes articles worn by the former Queen Elizabeth II, as she held the formal position of commanding these regiments.

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Sight Name: Wellington Barracks & The Guards Museum
Sight Location: London, England (See walking tours in London)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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