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'.
We are aiming to make more of our material available to the public through the creation of a new Centre for Discovery when the museum moves to its new location.