Please note that due to the Museum closure as a result of Covid 19 our archive team have not been operating since March 2020. There will be a delay in all enquiries as they now work through the back log.
Enquiries will be dealt with in the order they were received. Please allow at least 2 months from the time you submit an enquiry before you receive a response.
The archives are currently closed to the public. All enquiries will be dealt with via post, email or telephone.
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. When making your donation please consider Gift Aiding.
Sending in your enquiry
We are happy to receive enquiries by post or by email along with your donation. An enquiry takes time to complete and it is possible that LITTLE OR NO INFORMATION will be found. Your donation covers search time spent, and not the results found.
A small team of volunteers carry out the research activities each Thursday. Please provide a contact address, email and telephone number in case you need to be contacted to clarify your requirement or to rearrange a visit.
Telephone : 01543 43 43 95 (Thursdays only)
By Post: Research Team, The Staffordshire Regiment Museum, DMS Whittington, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 9PY
Please include your donation reference code with your enquiry.
A visit for personal research is available by appointment only and can be booked by email or, if you prefer, by telephoning our research team (Thursdays only). Please note, our research team work between 1100 and 1500 hours each Thursday, and your visit will be arranged within these times. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to offer any help with research or allow access to the archive at other times.
Pre 1920 Service 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 and World War Two Service Papers
All service documentation is held by the Ministry of Defence. An application (and fee paid) has to be made to the MOD on the following link; https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records/apply-for-someone-elses-records
A donation of £20 can be made by cheque payable to The Staffordshire Regiment Museum. Alternatively, you can donate online via Virgin Money Giving. Please see the link opposite.
If you are a UK tax payer please consider selecting the gift aid option, at no extra cost to yourself, so that the Staffordshire Regiment Museum can claim additional funds from HMRC on your donation.
You will receive a receipt from Virgin Money Giving after making your donation. Would you please forward on a copy of the receipt so that we can verify the transaction.
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.
To download the research form,
To download our ‘Archive Charges’ document, click below
To download our ‘Gift Aid Declaration’ document, click below