About Bodmin Keep

Bodmin Keep is a magnificent Grade 2 listed military building. Built in 1859, it has stood proudly in the garrison town of Bodmin for over 160 years and has buzzed with military activity throughout the generations. Someone from every Cornish family has walked through the gates of The Keep over the past 160 years.

Bodmin Keep is operated by a small independent charity, Cornwall’s Regimental Museum CIO. The charity is governed by a board of trustees and since 2016, has been operated by a small professional staff supported by many volunteers.

The museum is Accredited with Arts Council England and is a member of Cornwall Museums Partnership National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) which recognises and supports the quality and ambition of its work.

In the past 6 years the museum has made huge strides, building audiences through a lively and diverse programme of events and activities. It is committed to inclusion and diversity and aims to engage with the broadest possible audience, defying preconceptions of a traditional military museum. 

In March 2030, the core financial support from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) will end, creating a funding gap of an estimated £70,000 per year. The Trustees and Director are committed to overcoming this challenge and to preserving The Keep and the museum it houses as a superb educational heritage resource for Cornwall, ensuring it remains accessible to people of all ages.

To achieve this, The Keep will be brought back to life as a living history experience, superb heritage attraction and high-quality museum, with facilities for many more visitors.

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