The Museum accepts research enquiries relating primarily to the 38th, 64th, 80th and 98th Regiments of Foot, the South and North Staffordshire Regiments, and The Staffordshire Regiment. The enquiry should be for military information of the unit and/or for an individual soldier who served with the unit. We have limited information on local militias, local volunteer units and the current Mercian Regiment.
We ask you for a donation if you wish to use our research services. All monies raised help to fund the museum, its archives and its services. And, we hope you will Gift Aid your donation to us.
First World War Papers
We do not hold service, pension or medical records. If these survived, they would be at The National Archives, which is open to the public. We have access to surviving records and some medal entitlements via a subscription based history website.
Post 1920 Service Papers
All service documentation is held by the Ministry of Defence and is available only to the family and next-of-kin. An application (and fee paid) has to be made to the MOD. 1920 Service Papers
Sending in your enquiry
We are happy to receive enquiries by post or by email together with your donation (see Fees). A research inquiry takes time to complete and it is possible that LITTLE OR NO INFORMATION will be found.
A small team of volunteers carries out the research activities on a Thursday. Please provide contact address, email and telephone number in case you need to be contacted to clarify your requirement or rearrange a visit.
A donation can be made by cheque payable to The Staffordshire Regiment Museum. Or on-line via MyDonate. Please see the following link.
Please complete the Gift Aid Declaration and return it with your donation or your MyDonate payment reference (7 digit number).
Research for up to 1 hour, a donation of £20. For this donation you will receive up to one hour of our time to research and respond to you. If we believe we need more than one hour for the task, we will contact you to agree a time/cost limit.
Any images requested will be charged as follows: A digital image of a book’s page or a document is 50p (plus p&p, if printed and posted) A digital image of a photograph is £10.00 (plus p&p if printed and posted), for both black and white and colour for standard sizes up to A4.
Please bear in mind that your donation directly helps fund the museum and its archive. We aim to do the research and reply to you within three weeks.
A visit for personal research is only available by appointment. A visit can be booked by email or by contacting the research team on a Thursday. The visit must be on a Thursday and between 1200 and 1500 hours. Unfortunately, we do not have the resource to offer any help with research or allow access to the archive at other times, or on other days of the week or at weekends.