The thousands of pieces of personal correspondence held in the museum collection give a fascinating insight into the personality and priorities of the letter-writer and the times in which they lived.

The digital age is VERY new. For the majority of the regiment’s three centuries, the power of the pen, and more frequently, the pencil, was indeed mighty; writing letters to stave off boredom, pass the time and perhaps grapple a little order and quiet from the chaos around you, beg for news of home, or request better kit. Receiving them? Always the biggest and best morale boost a soldier could wish for.