Border Regiment Museum

The Border Regiment Museum is Cumbria's military museum. It tells the story of the regiments that merged to form the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment in 2006, and traces its history back to 1702. The fascinating collection covers both military and civilian life and tells how the lives of people in the North-West of England have been shaped by conflict.


In 2010 the museum secured a Stage 1 pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable it to plan a move from its current location in Queen Mary's Tower, a 16th century building in the inner ward of Carlisle Castle, to the much more spacious and better equipped Alma block in the castle's outer ward. The Alma building has a strong connection to the regiment, having been built in 1932 as one of the regimental depot buildings.  The museum's new location will enable complete re-storage and redisplay of the collection, new exhibitions, increased opportunities for volunteering and work placements, and a vibrant new programme of events and workshops for formal and informal learners.


Emma worked with respected Malton company PLB Consulting to create an Activity Plan for the museum's Stage 2 HLF bid, bringing her expertise in museum education to complement PLB's team of consultants and design specialists. The work included consultation with teachers, young people and other stakeholders to inform development of an Activity Plan detailed three-year Action Plan to transform the museum.


In June 2012 the HLF announced an award of £1.43m to transform and relocate the museum.

Strategy and Fundraising

In a world of financial uncertainty, evidence-based planning and development is more important than ever. Emma King Consultancy supports clients with impact assessments, business planning, project management and creative thinking to build capacity and help make the best of scarce resources.  We can help you match your needs to funders' priorities and write effective, eye-catching bids. Talk to us about:

  • HLF activity and interpretive planning
  • EU partnerships and funding applications
  • Prince2 project management
  • Creative planning workshops