The Royal Logistic Corps Museum
Welcome to The Royal Logistic Corps Museum. This museum tells the story of how the British Army has been sustained in peace and war. A visitor can examine how, over the last 600 years, the soldier has been transported, fed, supplied with arms and equipment and kept in contact with loved ones.
The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed in 1993 from the amalgamation of the Royal Corps of Transport, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Royal Pioneer Corps, Army Catering Corps and the Royal Engineers Postal and Courier section. This museum was established as the Regimental Museum for the newly-formed Corps at the Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut; alongside the Regimental Headquarters. Here we hold the object collections and archives of these different units.
Starting in the Medieval period, the museum’s displays tell the story of the development of the British Army’s logistics. From requisitioned carts and the Board of Ordnance, to the Royal Waggon Train (formed in the late 18th Century and the first British military logistics corps) to the modern British Army’s Combat Logistic Patrols and high-tech solutions, we show the development of this part of the Armed Forces. Amongst the exhibits are some particularly notable items. There is a Royal Waggon Train sabretache, showing the Battle Honours of the Peninsula and Waterloo that the Corps earned. There are the medals of Captain Herbert Sulzbach, a German Jewish refugee from the Nazis who gave distinguished service for the Imperial German Army in World War I, the Royal Pioneer Corps in World War II and the West German government post-war.
And, of course, we have Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery’s staff car, a 1939 Rolls Royce Wraith, used from 1944-64. It was the first civilian vehicle to come ashore on the beaches of Normandy, just 3 days after D-Day, the Allied invasion of Western Europe in 1944. In 1964, Montgomery personally presented it to the Royal Army Service Corps Museum, as his drivers had all been members of that Corps. This famous car still runs and is can occasionally be seen at special events.
Other features include uniforms, medals, a scale model of a 1944 tank landing craft and FOB Campbell, a recreated British Army Forward Operating Base, showing where soldiers would both rest and work, during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The museum is fully-accessible, with all displays on a single ground-floor level, with full wheelchair access.
The mission of The Royal Logistic Corps Museum is to enable members of the Corps, wider Corps family and the public to better understand logistic support to the British Army and its impact on operations and society, past, present and future.
This vision of The Royal Logistic Corps Museum is to become a modern museum that is a welcoming, inspirational and innovative destination for all visitors. As such we are currently undertaking a multi-million pound contract to design and build a new museum at Worthy Down in Winchester to open in 2021.This is an enormous undertaking requiring a complete reinterpretation of the museum displays which is consuming all of our staff time and effort. Thus, this leaves us little time to deal with research enquiries from members of the public or to offer access to our archives until the new museum opens.
The Archive & Reference Library
Unfortunately during the design and building phase of the new museum we are unable to assist with research enquiries from members of the public. However, our excellent online archive is available at the following link: www.rlcarchive.org/Welcome