Find us here at Park Hall the Countryside Experience, Park Hall, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4AS.
The Welsh Guards Collection is a magnificent exhibition of uniforms, arms, artefacts and memorabilia, which depict “life in the Welsh Guards” since its formation in 1915.
This official collection of the Welsh Guards regiment was started by Curator Stan Evans in 1995 and offers education, enlightenment, information and hands on activities for all ages to enjoy. With a complete Barrack Room from the 50’s and 60’s an actual Sentry Box from Buckingham Palace and a rebuilt cell from the Guards Depot at Caterham dating back to 1877, visitors are encouraged to wear authentic public duties home service clothing (Bearskin and Tunic) and visit exhibitions from the great wars and more recently Iraq and Afghanistan.
Every one of the 2000 plus artifacts are authentic and come with individual stories imparted personally by a very capable and enthusiastic team of volunteers at your service. We are also proud to offer over 1000 recruit squad photos chronologically catalogued for families and visitors to view at their leisure. This is probably the largest collection of squad photographs of any one regiment anywhere. We offer a photo copying service for those who may have lost all trace of these ancestors.
Situated in Park Hall Countryside Experience near the Market border town of Oswestry, it is within central reach of all branches of the Welsh Guards Association throughout Wales and England with excellent road and rail services. The Park Hall Camp was used during the great Wars mainly by the Royal Artillery but during the 60’s and 70’s the Guards Infantry Junior Leaders were stationed here. Lieutenant General Sir Francis Lloyd GCVO KCB DSO charged with the task of forming the Welsh Guards was from Aston Hall, Oswestry and the Regiment‘s first Colonel, Lord Harlech lived in Brogyntyn Hall, Oswestry.
The Welsh Guards Collection is a unit within the “Park Hall Countryside Experience” a family leisure facility depicting farm and family life down the years with its own indoor arena, animals large and small, outdoor adventure activities, walks, lakes, children’s play areas etc. It has everything for the complete family day outing with special events galas, rallies and shows complimented by a restaurant catering for birthdays and special events.
At the Welsh Guards Collection we have a large stock of regimental memorabilia and souvenirs at competitive prices and for club, associations and groups who are unable to attend during normal hours, private groups or individual tours can always be arranged to suit at no added cost. Just call on 01606 593953 or e-mail.
So why not call in and see us sometime, where we guarantee the friendliest of welcomes and comradeship.
The Collection is open to the public and can be viewed by visitors to Park Hall.
Stan Evans giving a tour to Thomas Plant on the TV Antiques Road Show in 2013:
Volunteers are desperately needed to ensure the WG Collection can stay open to the public. For further information see here.