The Keep Military Museum of Devon & Dorset
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
This fascinating military museum tells the story of the men and women of Dorset and Devon over the centuries, representing the Devonshire Regiment, The Dorset Regiment, The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, The Dorset Yeomanry, The Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry, The Dorset Militia, The Royal Devon Yeomanry and 94 Field Regiment RA. It is the only museum for the regiments of Dorset and Devon. The museum is housed in a Grade II listed building owned by the MOD.
One of the prize exhibits on display is Hitler's desk, discovered in his office in the Chancellory after the fall of Berlin. When the Dorsetshire Regiment discovered the desk it contained Hitler's personal writing paper and a personal 1943 Christmas card.
One very good exhibit recreates a World War One trench, minus the mud and rats! Well, there is one rat, but Roland, as he is dubbed, is a stuffed toy.
There are special 'Tommy Trails' for children, helping them to understand the life of real 'Tommies' in WWI and WWII.
One particular exhibit that caught my eye covered the course of the major battles of the Boer War, and it really made the conflict as compelling as a Holywood blockbuster film. I recommend leaving at least 2 hours to explore The Keep.
About Military Museum
Address: Barrack Road, Dorchester, Dorset, England, DT1 1RN
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: at the top of High West Street
Website: Military Museum
Phone: 01305 264 066
OS: SY687 906
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Tourist Information Centre
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Tel: 01305 267 992
Fax: 01305 266 079