NOTICE BOARD

Gurkha Museum - Pokhara

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Our President has recently received a letter from the Gurkha Memorial Museum in Pokhara, Nepal asking for items for display.

The Museum was founded in 1994 at a temporary site in Kathmandu.  In 2004 it was leased land immediately outside the British Gurkha Camp in Pokhara by the UK MoD. The Museum first opened to visitors in 2005 and since then two further floors of galleries have been opened. In 2007/08 it had nearly 9,500 visitors and in 2008/09 the total jumped to over 15,000. It has now become one of the major attractions for visitors to Pokhara both from abroad and within Nepal.

The second storey galleries are dedicated to the Gurkha rifle regiments. The section for 6 GR lacks a number of items which they would like to display. In particular, they have asked for a Cross Belt, a Sam Browne belt and a Gurkha Hat which we hope to acquire from within Nepal. In addition, they add “if there is any member who has any old unwanted photographs then we would be more than pleased to keep them. We usually scan them and print to regular size to display while the original is kept wrapped by acid-free paper in a dark cupboard to maintain its quality.

Items may be sent by BFPO post to Nepal. However, to avoid the museum incurring local customs charges (even on old items), BFPO parcels need a pre-authorisation. This can be arranged by Brian O’Bree; contact him on brianobree@talktalk.net. With an authorisation parcels can then be sent to the Chairman of the Museum using the following address: Major Yambahadur Gurung, AWC Bagmati, British Gurkhas Kathmandu, BFPO 4.

Alternatively, should you wish to make a monetary donation to the Museum, no matter how small, please send a cheque. Cheques normally take about 4 weeks to clear but the Museum gets full value without any charges. Make it payable to ‘The Gurkha Memorial Trust’ and send to Major Yambahadur Gurung at the above address, having obtained pre-authorisation as above, or send direct to him at PO Box 8975 EPC 4043, Bansbari, Kathmandu, Nepal.And, if you happen to find yourself in Pokhara, do please visit the Museum!

Thank you.