Archive and library

The Royal Marines Museum Archive contains approximately a million and a half documents. These range from personal accounts, letters and diaries to training manuals, maps, posters and sound recordings.

Most of the material has entered the collection through donations by current and former Royal Marines and their families. The archive does hold some official documents, but the majority of these are held by the National Archives (link opens in new window) since it is the principle repository for the military records in the United Kingdom.

The Museum also has an extensive Library which holds many publications relating to Royal Marines, campaigns, uniforms and related naval and army history. It is also one of the few institutions which holds a full run of the Royal Marines journal 'The Globe and Laurel'.

Should you wish to view any of this material please make an appointment through our Make an Enquiry form. Alternatively, feel free to attend one of our 'Open Wednesdays with the Curators'.

You must have a confirmed appointment in order to visit the library and archive. The Museum requires at least two weeks' notice in advance of an intended archive or library appointment. Preferred appointment time cannot be guaranteed and general Museum admission will be charged.

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