The antecedent regiments of the Mercian Regiment represent a golden thread of military history, tradition and service to the country going back more than 300 years. Their stories began in 1689 for the 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment, in 1695 for the Worcestershire and Foresters Regiment and in 1705 for the Staffordshire Regiment.
These stories and those of their associated Volunteers, Militia, Territorials and Reserves and today’s Mercian Regiment are kept alive in the four museums that make up the Mercian Regiment historical collection. The museums also encompass collections and archives from other units in the five associated counties. In addition to The Staffordshire Regiment Museum and Mercian Archive, details of the other three museums are provided below. The Future Plan – The Front Line – will link all four museums even more closely while maintaining all four museums across the Regimental area.