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The Royal Logistic Corps Museum, located at
Deepcut, Surrey.


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  The Museum - admission FREE !
The Royal Logistic Corps was formed on 5 April 1993, amalgamating the Royal Corps of Transport, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Royal Pioneer Corps, Army Catering Corps and the Postal and Courier Service (Royal Engineers).

The Museum was built especially in 1995 to house the large collections amassed by the Trustees of the constituent Corps.
The Museum includes a large display area, lecture room and
seating areas. This new purpose-built museum, located at Deepcut, was opened by HRH the Princess Royal. Visitors can discover how,
for over 500 years, soldiers have been transported, supplied with equipment, fed and kept in touch with loved ones.

The museum is housed in an air-conditioned building, that comprises a single main gallery of about 400 square metres and a numbers of offices, store rooms and archives. In addition there is a further archive and a main store in separate buildings. These are not open to the public. Guided tours, lectures and the use of collection material for handling sessions are all available by prior arrangement with the curator. Information to help cross-curricular courses by teachers is also available.

The Display
The collections of The Royal Corps of Transport, The Royal Ordnance Corps, The Royal Pioneer Corps, The Army Catering Corps and The Postal and Courier Service (Royal Engineers) have been brought together in fresh displays which explore the work of the millions of men and women who serve with these corps over the centuries.
The museum contains roughly 25,000 artefacts and 106,000 archive items relating to the RLC and its predecessor Corps. The rich archive collection offers an important resource for researchers of all backgrounds, whether the interest is family history or more in-depth analysis. Only a small number of objects are on display and the display is organised chronologically, starting in the 14th century and ending with the formation of the RLC in 1993. The museum is in the process of redeveloping the gallery to give a more detailed account of the RLC from 1993 to present day.

The present display was planned in 1993 and built in 1995 for the Royal opening. They are now in the process of redesigning the galleries, with the first stage being the building of a new exhibition to celebrate the first 10 years of the RLC in 2003. The existing display is chronological and comprises 24 display cases, eight tableaux, and a number of other objects such as vehicles, cookers and ammunition. The museum has attempted to show the development of supply, transport, labour and catering in each period, so that its development can be seen over the last six centuries. Much of the emphasis is on regimental history, rather than wider logistic matters, but they are hoping to change this in coming years.

Pioneer Corps Exhibits of Interest

There are a wide variety of objects of interest in the museum. These range from musket balls from the battle of Marston Moor (1644) to a watch that stopped when the troopship Lancastria was sunk with huge loss of life in excess of 5,000 in 1940 - many of them Pioneers. Exact totals will never be known. Suffice it to say that the sinking of the Lancastria was the single greatest marine (not naval) disaster suffered by the British in WW II.


The Museum holds three Victoria Crosses and one George Cross, but the originals are not normally on display. At the moment only a small collection of medals are on display in the museum, with the vast majority being housed in the Officers’ Mess (RCT/RASC) or the Sergeants’ Mess (RAOC). Serious medal enthusiasts should contact the Museum in advance to arrange access to these extensive collections.

The medals of Captain Herbert Sulzbach, Pioneer Corps.
He served in the German Army during World War I and the British Army in World War II and was awarded medals by both countries, including the Iron Cross 1st Class. These medals are on show in the museum. Read more about Captain Herbert Sulzback and his book on the history reference pages.


Enquiries about the Collection and Archives
The Museum does not accept any research enquiries by email. All enquiries must be made in writing.

Archives and Research
The Museum is registered as a recognised place of deposit with the Public Records Office. We have a very extensive archive of over 100,000 documents drawn from all the forming corps. The earliest original document is a letter from the Duke of Marlborough regarding the recruitment of labourers in 1703, although we also have facsimiles of documents dating from the 17th century.

The Museum welcome research enquiries, not least because we are conscious that military logistics is too often unappreciated and we are keen that it should take its rightful place in the study of military history. The Museum is fortunate to have a full time archivist, Dr Anthony Morton, and an assistant archivist. They are happy to answer any reasonable research enquiry, but they cannot undertake major pieces of research for authors or academic specialists.

Museum Hours:
Mon-Fri 0900hrs - 1600hrs. Sat 1200 - 16:00. Sundays Closed


Royal Logistic Corps Museum
The Princess Royal Barracks
GU16 6RW
Tel: 01252 833371


The museum is easily accessibly by car via the M3. The number 48 bus service runs from Brookwood Station (South West Trains’ London Waterloo to Southampton main line) to the museum. The map above is a closeup map of the general area and map below gives you an idea of the general area and shows you Aldershot and Guildford etc.
Other attractions nearby are the Basingstoke Canal, Aldershot Military Museum and the AMS Museum.

Group Visits and Organised Tours

Groups of 6 or more are welcome, but this is a small museum and it is essential to book first to avoid clashes with other groups. The Museum will be delighted to give tours of the museum to groups of any kind, by prior arrangement, without charge. Veterans are particularly welcome and we can put you in touch with your Corps Association. The Muesum is prepared to arrange tours for groups (including youth groups) in the evening and at weekends, but we will normally require at least a month’s notice.

Visitors with disabilities

There is full wheelchair access throughout the museum, together with a suitable WC.
An induction loop is fitted to assist those with hearing problems.


The museum does not have a café or refreshment facilities, but there is a café in Deepcut village.

The Corps Shop

The Royal Logistic Corps Shop is situated within the museum building and sells both museum items and military uniform and equipment. Click here to visit Royal Logistic Corps Shop website

Friends of the Museum

The 'Friends of the RLC Museum' was established in late 2001 by Colonel (Retd) Peter Walton. If you are interested in becoming a Friend or volunteering to help with the museum’s work, then please contact the Museum.


The Museum is always keen to find volunteers who are willing to help in the museum. If you are interested please contact the Curator. Volunteers help with a range of tasks, depending on their skills and interests. Possible roles include assisting with basic conservation work, looking after visitors and inputting information into the computer database.

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